Ashwin withdraws from ongoing Test because of family emergency

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ImageR Ashwin became the ninth man to 500 Test wickets on Friday • AFP/Getty Images " data-medium-file=" ... C200&ssl=1" data-large-file=" ... C682&ssl=1" />India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has withdrawn from India’s Test side in Rajkot, effective immediately, because of a family medical emergency. “The BCCI extends its heartfelt support to the champion cricketer and his family,” the Indian board said in a media release. “The health and well-being of the players and their loved ones are of utmost importance. The Board requests respect for the privacy of Ashwin and his family as they navigate through this challenging time. “The Board and the team will continue to provide any necessary assistance to Ashwin and will keep the lines of communication open to offer support as needed. Team India appreciates the understanding and empathy of the fans and media during this sensitive period.” Ashwin’s withdrawal could leave India with only ten players, with three days of play left in the Rajkot Test. On the second day, Ashwin reached a significant milestone, becoming the ninth bowler to 500 Test wickets. (ESPNcricinfo)

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