Sri Lanka Cricket is optimistic about Kaushal Silva‘s availability for the forthcoming Test series against England in May. The 29-year old opening batsman had been struck on the back of his head while fielding in a Pallekele practice match on Sunday and was airlifted to a hospital in Colombo as a precautionary measure. Initial CAT scans indicated he was out of danger.
“Kaushal appears to be okay now,” SLC secretary Mohan de Silva said on Monday. “They were to take another scan today, and depending on that, he may be discharged late this evening.”
Silva is almost certain to miss at least a week of training as he recovers from the injury. He sustained it at short leg, struck by a powerful sweep from Dinesh Chandimal. The ball is said to have made impact with the helmet’s padded rear attachment, a design feature that came into use following the death of Philip Hughes. Team-mates believe Silva would have suffered a more substantial injury had he been wearing a helmet without that added protection.
“Maybe in a week or 10 days, he might be able to start playing again, according to the coach [Graham Ford],” de Silva said. “He looks good for the tour, but the coach doesn’t want to risk him again immediately. We’ll have to wait for another couple of days to determine exactly what the situation is.”