|Player:||RJ Sidebottom, AD Mascarenhas|
|Event:||ICC Twenty20 World Championship 2007/08|
The ICC has confirmed the Technical Committee of the ICC World Twenty20 2007 has approved Dimitri Mascarenhas as a replacement player for Ryan Sidebottom in Englands squad for the tournament, which runs from 11 to 24 September in South Africa.
The confirmation was conveyed to the England and Wales Cricket Board in an email sent on behalf of the tournament Technical Committee today (Saturday).
Mascarenhas replaces Sidebottom after medical reports were received indicating that Sidebottom had sustained a side injury and would not be fit in time to take part in the event.
Mascarenhas, the 29-year-old all-rounder, is the fifth replacement player to be called up for the tournament so far after James Anderson was approved to replace Ravi Bopara in the England squad, Andre Nel was approved to replace Loots Bosman for South Africa, Dilruwan Perera was approved to replace Muttiah Muralidaran in the Sri Lanka squad and Ben Hilfenhaus was approved to replace Shaun Tait in the Australia squad.
The process required for approving any player involves that players home board making an application in writing to the tournament Technical Committee for permission.
In this case the application was supported by a statement from ECBs chief medical officer confirming Sidebottoms injury and certifying that the player was not fit for the event.
The Technical Committee of the ICC World Twenty20 consists of David Richardson (International Cricket Council), Campbell Jamieson (IDI, the ICCs commercial arm), Steve Elworthy (tournament director), Brian Basson (Cricket South Africa), Ravi Shastri (independent) and Ian Bishop (independent).
Englands first match of the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 in South Africa will take place against Zimbabwe in Cape Town on Thursday 13 September.
(Article: Copyright © 2007 Gerry Byrne)