Concussion substitutes could be introduced during Ashes series


LONDON, July 17: Bidding to make the sport safer, the ICC might introduce concussion substitutes in international cricket during next month’s Ashes series before implementing it across all formats.
Introducing concussion substitutes has been a major bone of contention for the International Cricket Council (ICC) since the tragic death of Australian cricketer Phil Hughes, who was struck on the head by a ball during a Sheffield Shield match in November 2014.
According to an ‘ESPNcricinfo’ report, the issue is on the agenda at the ongoing ICC annual conference in London and changes to playing conditions are likely to be approved and implemented quickly, so that all matches played in the World Test Championship, beginning Ashes series, will have the same safety protocols in place.
Hughes’ untimely death prompted the ICC affiliates to work on raising awareness about the short and long-term effects of a concussion.
In 2017, the ICC had started concussion substitutes in domestic cricket on a two-year trial basis.
Cricket Australia introduced concussion substitutes for their men’s and women’s domestic one-day cups and the BBL and Women’s BBL for the 2016- 17 season. (PTI)