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Galle Test: West Indies player Jeremy Solozano has no structural damage after nasty hit on helmet, says board

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Sri Lanka vs West Indies: Cricket West Indies confirmed that debutant Jeremy Solozano did not suffer any structural damage after he took a nasty blow to the helmet while fielding at short fine-leg on Day 1 of the Galle Test on Sunday.

Galle Test: West Indies player Jeremy Solozano escapes unhurt after nasty hit to helmet (AP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Jeremy Solozano was taken to the hospital after taking a nasty hit on the helmet
  • Solozano made his Test debut for West Indies on Sunday in Galle, Sri Lanka
  • Solozano will spend the night at the hospital for further observation

West Indies Cricket on Sunday confirmed that Test debutant Jeremy Solozano did not suffer any structural damage after getting hit on the helmet while fielding at short leg on Day 1 of their 1st Test against Sri Lanka in Galle. The cricket board revealed the scan results but maintained that the 26-year-old batter will spend the night at the hospital for further observation.

In an unfortunate turn of events, debutant Jeremy Solozano, who was fielding at short leg, took a nasty blow on the front of the helmet just before Lunch on Day 1. Solozano was stretched off the field after the blow and was transferred to a hospital via an ambulance from the Galle Cricket Ground on Sunday.

“Jeremy Solozano’s scans show no structural damage. He will be kept at the hospital overnight for observation,” Cricket West Indies said in a statement on social media.

Jeremy Solozano, who has hit 1686 runs in 40 first-class matches, was handed his Test debut by West Indies in the first of a 2-Test series in Sri Lanka. The youngster was fielding at short-leg in the 24th over bowled by Roston Chase when Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne middle a delivery. Solozano was in the firing range but he did not have any time to take evasive action.

Solozano lay still on the ground but appeared to be conscious before he was stretchered off the ground. Notably, players from both the teams and the support staff looked on worriedly as Solozano was taken on a stretcher with his head covered by a towel on a hot and humid day in Galle.

Play carried on after the nasty accident with Sri Lanka heading towards a big first-innings total. Captain Karunaratne hit a hundred after a fifty from opener Pathum Nissanka on Day 1 of the series opener.

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