UPDATE: West Indies youngster Jeremy Solozano has been cleared of any structural damage to the head after copping a blow to the head while fielding.
The incident occurred during the 24th over of Day 1 of the first Test against Sri Lanka when Solozano was stationed at short-leg.
With spinner Roston Chase bowling, Sri Lankan skipper Dimuth Karunaratne unleashed a full-blooded pull shot right off a short-pitched delivery into the front of Solozano’s helmet, causing the youngster to drop to the turf in distressing scenes.
The 26-year-old was stretchered off Galle International Stadium before being driven to a nearby hospital.
West Indies Cricket confirmed that scans had cleared Solozano of structural damage, but added that the youngster will kept at the hospital overnight for further observation.
Under the ICC’s concussion laws, the West Indies are able to substitute a player in place of Solozano.
The Trinidadian native was drafted into the West Indies squad after 40 first class matches, where he scored 1686 runs and two centuries.
News of Solozano’s head knock caused widespread tributes from the cricket world as fans sent their well-wishes to the debutant.