The International Cricket Council (ICC) has allowed the substitute for the concussion in both men’s and women’s All International matches.
This new rule would be applicable by 1st of August from the start of the Edgbaston. The ICC approved this rule after a two-year trial in the Domestic series.
The announcement of the rule was made in ICC’s annual conference in London. As per the ICC statement across all formats of international and first-class cricket, men and women teams will be permitted to replace their concussion during the match.
The ICC also stated that the medical representative will decide on concussion and the Match Referee will approve whether the replaced player is a like-for-like replacement.
The safety in any game is of worth importance; the ICC’s replacement rule is going to be a positive sign in the International cricket games.
In the past, there had been several such cases in cricket but the players continued their game without any medical concern.
A few remarkable incidents are being pondered beneath.
Alex Carey was hit on the Jawline by Jofra Archer in the last, where he continued playing.
For another situation, during an association game, Hasmatullah Shahidi from Afghanistan was additionally hit on the head yet denied restorative consideration and proceeded with his game.
Another incident happened with the two Sri Lankan Batsmen Kusal Mendis and Dimuth Karunaratne who were struck on the head and were taken to the emergency clinic so that they can be clear to continue the game later on.
However, the dialogs on concussion and wellbeing of player strengthened after the tragic death of former Australian test batsman Phillip Hughes in 2014. He was fatally hit on the head by a bouncer in a first-class match.
Many teams like Australia, England, Ireland, New Zealand, and South Africa have already permitted the concussion substitute rule in their domestic cricket.
In 2005, the ICC gave the idea of “SuperSubs” whose concept was almost alike the substitution but unfortunately, that was rejected.
Moreover, there is a great need of medical staff in ICC with such an approach to examining whether the player can proceed or not. In any case, starting now and into the foreseeable future, the groups would get the like-for-like substitutions, which would be a solid sign for the groups.