ICC reviewing substitute player policy for test matches in view of COVID-19

In the last years International Cricket Council (ICC) meeting, the board decided to substitute players in case any player gets serious health issues or physical injury. The rules of substitution relates to all the formats of cricket, it said.

In the present scenario, Australia is hosting the West Indies keeping preventive measures of COVID-19 in place. The England Board proposes the same substitution policy in the upcoming series for replacement of players testing COVID positive.

Now ICC is planning alternatives to rules and player’s healthcare while fighting with COVID-19. England Cricket Board (ECB) had recently announced a test series starting from July 8 with West Indies who will reach England on June 8 and follow a quarantine period until the first test takes place. Besides quarantining, West Indies players would train up themselves in parallel for the test series.

The coronavirus pandemic has been altering things since its inception and ICC has been following up things closer. While from March 25, cricket tournaments in India have been facing indefinite postponements. The rest of the world has also been into lockdown where nations with cricket activities are upheld for a time being.


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