ICC approves concussion substitutes in international games
Men’s and also women’s teams throughout all formats of first-class and international cricket matches will be enabled to change concussed players during match following a two-year test in the domestic game, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has stated.
Initially, substitutes have gone on test in Australia’s domestic games since the 2016-17 season while the England and Wales Cricket Board took on the laws for its domestic competitions in 2018.
Discussions on trauma and player safety intensified after former Australia test batsman Phillip Hughes passed away in 2014, having been fatally appealed the head by a quick bouncer in a match.
CA sports science manager Alex Kountouris stated the brand-new regulation would undoubtedly enable players to declare symptoms of the concussion that can happen well after the case, recognizing their team would not be disadvantaged.
The rule will come right into play from the start of the Ashes Series. It is to be played From August 1st between the new world champions England Cricket Team ad the ex-champions Australia.
The player should be a like-for-like replacement approved by the match referee.
“Complying with a two-year test … in domestic cricket, the ICC accepted concussion player substitutes in all formats of men’s and women’s international cricket and also for domestic cricket worldwide,” the ICC stated in their annual conference in London.
The team’s medical rep will make decisions on concussion while the substitute player, who will certainly be allowed to bat as well as bowl, must be deemed a “like for like” replacement authorized by the match referee.
“Producing an environment where players feel comfortable in handling a concussion and also can be appropriately accessed, is essential for their long-term health and wellness,” ACA president Alistair Nicholson claimed.
Cricket Australia (CA) and the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) welcomed the ICC’s move to expand the rule to cover International cricket.