Zim all-rounder Jongwe hospitalised

HARARE - Zimbabwe all-rounder Luke Jongwe was hospitalised after he was struck on the head during the team’s 17-run win over Sharjah Cricket Club in United Arab Emirates, on Tuesday.

Jongwe, 21, suffered a head injury after he mistimed a return catch but is now in a stable condition.

Zimbabwe Cricket public relations and media manager Darlington Majonga said: “He was taken by ambulance to hospital where an X-ray revealed no damage. However, as a precautionary measure, he also underwent a magnetic resonance imaging scan.

“Because of the possibility of nausea and vomiting, Jongwe was then put on a drip and hospitalised for observation.”

The danger of concussions has been highlighted since Australian Phillip Hughes died after being struck on by a bouncer in November 2014.

Mountaineers seamer Donald Tiripano, the team’s 16th man for the World Twenty20 squad, is now in line to replace Jongwe if his condition does not improve.

Tiripano is also in Dubai together with all-rounder Chamu Chibhabha; a surprise exclusion for the world T20 set for India next month.

In the match against the local UAE club, Zimbabwe reached a total of 185-6 after newly-appointed captain Hamilton Masakadza won the toss and elected to bat first.

Masakadza led from the front scoring 49 runs.

Returning top order batsman Vusi Sibanda weighed in with 35 runs while wicketkeeper Richmond Mutumbami added 30.

Sharjah fell short in their chase after reaching 168-4 after 20 overs.

Zimbabwe are in the qualifying Group B for the ICC World T20 together with Hong Kong, Scotland and Afghanistan.

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