The International Cricket Council (ICC) is discussing the opportunity of introducing substitutes if a participant assessments optimistic for COVID-19 throughout a test match, England and Wales Cricket Board director of particular initiatives Steve Elworthy mentioned. Last 12 months, the ICC permitted “like for like” substitutes throughout all codecs of worldwide cricket to interchange concussed gamers throughout matches and Elworthy mentioned the identical rule must be utilized for COVID-19 substitutes.
“COVID replacements are certainly something that the ICC are discussing,” Elworthy instructed Sky Sports. “I’ve seen communication about that and it’s actually one thing we hope could be allowed — particularly for test matches, not essentially ODIs (one-day internationals) or T20s (Twenty20).
“That alternative must be a ‘like for like’ participant… Our on-website COVID medical practitioner and Public Health England would be told instantly and that participant would then be put into isolation for a time frame.”
England are set to host the West Indies in a three-test collection subsequent month, with the guests flying in a 14-man squad plus 11 reserves who will prepare and quarantine collectively earlier than the primary test scheduled for July eight in Southampton. “With the testing protocols of getting those players into that (bio-secure) bubble first, you would hope that wouldn’t be a scenario we’d have to deal with,” Elworthy added.
“But clearly it’s something we are planning for.”