Saifuddin under 24-hour observation after receiving blow to helmet
Bangladesh's Mohammad Saifuddin reacts to an injury during the second one-day international (ODI) cricket match between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka. AFP
Mohammad Saifuddin, who suffered a concussion when he was hit on his helmet during the second ODI against Sri Lanka on Tuesday is kept under observation, according to the BCB (Bangladesh Cricket Board) physician Dr Debashish Chaudhary.
The Bangladeshi 24-year-old bowling all-rounder was hit by a delivery from Dushmantha Chameera.
"We took him to the Evercare Hospital here and he was examined by a neurologist. His CT scan report is normal and as per the protocol his condition will be monitored for a day before the final call about his availability for the final ODI will be made", he said over the telephone.
"He (Saifuddin) seems to be fine and normal. We are just monitoring his physical condition and situation for a day", he added.
His replacement-Taskin Ahmed-is the first instance in the 50-over men's cricket.
In the meantime, Sri Lankan pacer Shiran Fernado underwent one more "periodic test" on Tuesday. The results are awaited. The 28-year-old was found Covid-19 positive on two successive occasions in Bangladesh. "Fernando has no Corona symptoms", Dr. Chaudhary emphasized.
Sri Lankan team management had kept optional training for players on Wednesday. However, most of the players and coaching staff participated. The full training and the fitness tests are scheduled on Thursday, a day before the 3rd and the final ODI. There are likely to be drastic changes in the last ODI on Friday.