Sri Lanka batsman Kaushal Silva has been taken to hospital after being hit on the head by a cricket ball while fielding in a domestic match. Kaushal had to be airlifted from the ground to a hospital in Colombo. Reports from the hospital suggested that Silva was out of danger. However, he will be continued to be monitored by the hospital.

Team manager Charith Senanayake said, “Kaushal was fielding at short leg when he got hit. Dinesh Chandimal swept a ball right onto the back of Kaushal’s head. He did take evasive action, but still the ball hit him.”

Senanayake added that Kaushal showed symptoms of concussion after the incident that happened around 3:30 pm and was rushed to a medical facility at Kandy where the doctors referred him to Colombo following initial scans. The two-day practice match was part of Sri Lanka’s preparation for the tour of England next month. Kaushal, who is in the Lankan Test team, had hit a hundred in the first day of the match.

Silva was wearing a helmet with additional padding, a design introduced for player safety after the death of Australia batsman Phillip Hughes after being struck by a ball on the head in November 2014.

Kaushal Silva has played 24 test matches for Sri Lanka and scored 1,404 runs at an average of 31.90.

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