ECB demands ICC to allow COVID-19 substitutes
England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is in talks with the International Cricket Council (ICC) about allowing coronavirus player substitutions. ECB demanding the proposition in its upcoming planned test series against West Indies and Pakistan.
Elworthy, ECB director of events Stevewas quoted in British media on Friday saying he hoped an agreement would be reached in time for those test matches. Meanwhile the ECB plans to hold in ‘bio-secure’ venues in July.
ICC currently only allows a player to be replaced during a match because of concussion or any other issues. But on ECB’S proposed change, a late substitution would also be allowed on coronavirus period games. Although, Media reports did not specify how the procedure would work, including whether it would involve testing players or something else.
“I know there are still some considerations from an ICC perspective about a Covid-19 replacement. That still needs to be agreed. This is specifically for test cricket, and we would hope that would be in place well before the test series starts in July,”
Elworthy told British media.
The ICC Cricket Committee has already recommended banning the use of saliva to shine the ball in order to generate swing Keeping players’ wellbeing in mind.
Cricket West Indies (CWI) gave its approval in principle on Friday for the series in England which was originally scheduled in June this year but agreed to play the reschedule time.
While cricket in England remains suspended until July 1, a group of 55 cricketers have been asked to return to training to prepare for the start of the English summer season.