Hope replaces Solozano as West Indies concussion substitute

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The West Indies were on Monday allowed to use Shai Hope as a concussion substitute for debutant batsman Jeremy Solozano, who was taken to hospital after being hit while fielding in the first Test against Sri Lanka.

Solozano was at short leg on day one in Galle on Sunday when he was hit a sickening blow on the grille of his protective helmet from Sri Lankan captain Dimuth Karunaratne’s full-blooded pull shot. Doctors and medical staff attended to the 26-year-old on the ground before he was taken on a stretcher to a waiting ambulance.

He was transferred to a Colombo hospital where he underwent scans and was kept overnight for observation.

“Match referee Ranjan Madugalle has approved Shai Hope as Solozano’s replacement. This is in accordance with the ICC concussion substitute rule,” a team statement said Monday.—APP

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