Kaushal Silva was struck fiercely on the back of the head while he was fielding at short-leg during a two-day practice game, he was airlifted to a hospital in Colombo.
Kaushal had a CAT scan that suggested he is out of danger, however, he will be kept under observation as a precautionary measure.
Chandimal swept the ball hard that struck on the back of the head of Silva, fortunately he was wearing the helmet with the extra padding that was introduced after Phillip Hughes’ saddening death.
Team manager, Charith Senanayake said, “Kaushal was fielding at short leg when he got hit,” he further said, [Dinesh Chandimal] swept right onto the back of Kaushal’s head. He did take evasive action, but still the ball hit him.”
Senanayake told Silva was left dazed for some time after the ball struck him and he showed some signs of consistent concussion. He was taken to a Kandy hospital and after the CAT scan, he was shifted to a hospital in Colombo.
It was a two-day practice match for the preparation of upcoming Islanders’ tour to England, played at Pallekele. Silva scored a century on the first day of the game and he had bright chances of being named for the upcoming tests.