Fractured hand rules out Wahab Riaz from the remainder of Test series
Pakistan pace spearhead, Wahab Riaz, has been ruled out of the remainder of the Sri Lanka Test series with a fractured hand, after being hit on the glove by debutant Dushmantha Chameera, in the first day of the second Test.
Despite the injury, Riaz came out to bowl a total of nine overs, spread across three spells in the final session, but was in pain despite receiving treatment from the physio.
Pakistan team manager, Naveed Akram Cheema, revealed that Riaz underwent scans, which showed a hair-line fracture in his knuckle – a diagnosis which puts him out of action for a minimum of two weeks.
“We had sent him (Wahab Riaz) for an X-ray last night and the result shows a hairline fracture,” said Cheema.
“We are not sure if he recovers ahead of the ODI series but he is at least out for two weeks.
"That means he can't be the part of the Test series.”
This injury puts a significant pressure on Pakistan, who are already on the back-foot in the second Test after being bowled out for a paltry 138 in the first innings.
This also means Pakistan, who opted for a four bowler attack for this Test, will have to rely on Mohammad Hafeez’s off-spin to fill in for some of Riaz’s quota of overs.
Early into Sri Lanka’s innings, Pakistan made an appeal for a catch in the 19th over, when Kaushal Silva attempted to play a shot, but the ball lobbed off his pads to Younis Khan at first slip.
After the appeal was turned down by the onfield Umpire S Ravi, Pakistan opted for a review, but multiple replays showed that there was no involvement of the bat.
However, in an error of judgement, the third umpire Paul Reiffel failed to check if Silva was a candidate for a leg before wicket, when he ruled out the chance of an edge.
According to the rules of the International Cricket Council (ICC), the third umpire must advise the on-field umpire of a chance of dismissal by any other mode in the case of a review.
As per the ICC Standard Test match playing conditions, under Section 3.3 (f) of the Decision Review System Playing Conditions, it is stated that:
“The third umpire shall not withhold any factual information which may help in the decision making process, even if the information is not directly prompted by the on-field umpire’s questions.
"In particular, in reviewing a dismissal, if the third umpire believes that the batsman may instead be out by any other mode of dismissal, he shall advise the on-field umpire accordingly.
"The process of consultation described in this paragraph in respect of such other mode of dismissal shall then be conducted as if the batsman has been given not out.”
After this fiasco, Pakistan coach, Waqar Younis, had a chat with the match referee Chris Broad, who along with umpire Reiffel admitted to the oversight and tendered an apology.
The match officials also decided to reinstate the review to Pakistan, as the third umpire failed to make optimal use of the Decision Review System.
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