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Ravichandran Ashwin Withdraws from Ongoing Test Against England Due to Family Emergency

London, February 16, 2024, The Europe Today: India’s star all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin has withdrawn from the ongoing third test against England, citing a family emergency. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed the news on Friday, creating a challenging situation for India, potentially leaving them with 10 players for the remaining three days of the match.

Ashwin’s withdrawal came into effect immediately after the announcement. The BCCI released a statement expressing their understanding of the situation, stating, “Ravichandran Ashwin has withdrawn from the test squad, effective immediately due to a family medical emergency. The BCCI extends its heartfelt support to (Ashwin) and his family. The health and well-being of the players and their loved ones are of utmost importance.”

The talented all-rounder achieved a significant milestone earlier on Friday by claiming his 500th test wicket. Ashwin joined the elite club, becoming the second Indian bowler after Anil Kumble to achieve this feat. In addition to his bowling prowess, Ashwin contributed with the bat, scoring 37 runs in India’s innings total of 445.

As the test in Rajkot concluded its second day of play, England found themselves at 207-2, trailing the hosts by 238 runs. The sudden departure of Ashwin poses a challenge for the Indian team, which will now have to navigate the remainder of the match with a reduced squad.

The cricketing community, as well as fans, have extended their support and understanding for Ashwin’s decision, emphasizing the priority of family and well-being during challenging times.