ICC discussing Covid-19 substitutes for Test matches: ECB official Steve Elworthy

After introducing concussion substitutes final yr, the ICC is exploring the potential of having Covid-19 substitutes for Test matches.

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  • ECB official Steve Elworthy mentioned ICC is contemplating Covid-19 substitutes
  • I’ve seen communication about that and it is actually one thing we hope could be allowed: Elworthy
  • That substitute must be a ‘like for like’ participant: Elworthy

The International Cricket Council (ICC) is discussing the potential of introducing substitutes if a participant checks optimistic for COVID-19 throughout a Test match, England and Wales Cricket Board director of particular tasks Steve Elworthy mentioned.

Last yr, the ICC authorised “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 informed Sky Sports.

“I’ve seen communication about that and it is actually one thing we hope could be allowed — particularly for Test matches, not essentially ODIs (one-day internationals) or T20s (Twenty20).

“That substitute must be a ‘like for like’ participant… Our on-site 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 sequence subsequent month, with the guests flying in a 14-man squad plus 11 reserves who will prepare and quarantine collectively earlier than the primary take a look at scheduled for July eight in Southampton.

“With the testing protocols of getting these gamers into that (bio-secure) bubble first, you’ll hope that would not be a state of affairs we would should cope with,” Elworthy added.

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