Former England captain Michael Atherton needs the International Cricket Council to contemplate what might be referred to as a ‘Hospital substitute’ which can permit substitute for a participant needing to go to a hospital in case of an harm. Atherton batted for the concept conserving in thoughts the upcoming collection between England and West Indies, beginning July eight which will likely be performed in in a bio-safe setting.
“What, for example, happens if a batsman breaks a finger and he’s got to go to hospital for an X-ray? He’s got to leave the bubble and then come back, and if there’s a delay on testing or the results. I think you’ll see one or two compromises,” Atherton instructed former South Africa captain Shaun Pollock and host Neil Manthorp within the ‘Following On Cricket Podcast’.
The England and Wales Cricket Board director of particular tasks Steve Elworthy revealed final month that the ICC is already discussing the potential for introducing substitutes if a participant assessments optimistic for Covid-19 throughout a check match. Last yr, the ICC permitted “like for like” substitutes throughout all codecs of worldwide cricket to exchange concussed gamers throughout matches and Elworthy stated the identical rule must be utilized for Covid-19 substitutes.
Atherton sees no cause why an analogous rule can’t be utilized for gamers needing to go to a hospital for scans or X-rays, which at occasions has dominated a participant out of the match. In this case, a participant will take the chance of stepping exterior the bio-safe setting, which in flip can threat folks’s well being.
“If you remember, Marnus Labuschagne became the first concussion substitute for Steve Smith last year, and what will probably happen, as just a short-term measure, is if there’s an injury that’ll require someone to go to hospital, they’ll probably allow a substitute for that, whether it’s a broken finger or a torn hamstring or whatever,” he added.