COVID-19 Replacement, Taking Into Account The ICC > Cricket News, cricinfo, mobilecric, cricbuzz, livescore and more
Cricket news - COVID-19 substitutes under ICC consideration
England's home Test series against West Indies is set to kick-off on July 8 in a bio-secure environment and without spectators at the Ageas Bowl
The ICC are considering allowing COVID-19 substitutes during England's Test series against West Indies, Steve Elworthy, the ECB's director of special projects, has confirmed.
Currently, substitutes are only allowed in Test cricket in the event a player suffers a concussion, when he can be replaced by a like-for-like player. Marnus Labuschange became Test cricket's first concussion substitute when he replaced Steve Smith in Australia's team during the Lord's Test last summer after Smith was hit by a Jofra Archer bouncer.
However, the ICC are now looking at whether to extend the scope of the measure to cover any player who develops symptoms of COVID-19 during a match. Although the ECB are finalising the medical protocols that would be followed in such a scenario, the player would be isolated immediately while tested and then removed from the rest of the game to isolate if they tested positive.
As a result, the potential impacts on the game could be significant, particularly if it occurred early in the game or if a number of players developed symptoms at the same time. There is also the unresolved question of whether players who had come into contact with someone showing symptoms of COVID-19, such as standing next to them in the slips, would also have to be removed from the match.
"COVID-replacements are certainly something that the ICC are discussing," Elworthy told Sky Sports' The Cricket Show. "I have seen communication about that and it's certainly something we hope would be allowed - specifically for Test matches, not necessarily ODIs or T20s.
"That replacement would have to be a 'like for like' player, if you will. Our on-site COVID medical practitioner and Public Health England would be informed immediately and that player would then be put into isolation for a period of time, based on government guidance and the medical overlay.
"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. But clearly it is something we are planning for."
The West Indies are set to arrive in the UK on Tuesday (June 9) ahead of the three Test series which begins on July 8, in a bio-secure environment, and without spectators, at the Ageas Bowl. The tourists, who have named a 25-man squad to cover for injuries, will face a mandatory quarantine period of 14 days once they arrive in England. They will be able to train at Old Trafford, the venue for the second and third Tests, during that time.
A large number of arrangements will be in place for the Test matches including mandatory testing of those inside the ground, strict social distancing and hygiene measures as well as segregation between different groups of people inside the venues. Cricket West Indies have been satisfied with the measures and the ECB hope to be able to convince the boards of Ireland, Pakistan and Australia so that matches against those countries can take place later in the year.
"It's an incredibly challenging but, at the same time, very rewarding project," Elworthy said. "What we are trying to achieve here is something that has never been done before. There has been a huge amount of work done.
"The West Indies are the first team to arrive here but, at the same time, we hope to have Australia, Pakistan and Ireland come this summer. We have been speaking to them, we've been in weekly communication with all of them but, in this particular case, more extensively with the West Indies because their Test matches are about five weeks away.
"We're in a really good place. We're gearing up for next Tuesday - the chartered flight is due to land - and then it's all systems go. We're very confident and comfortable with the fact we've got a plan in place to deliver these bi-secure matches behind closed doors - in the most safe and secure way."
Live cricket score: England vs West Indies, 1st Test, 3. Day, Southampton
England were bowled out for 204 on Day 2. Can their bowlers bring them back in the game? Welcome to our live blog. Tweet to @prat1204 with your comments, predictions ...
West Indies use to England, the Memory of the harsh Realities
They proved it in the Caribbean 18 months ago, they did it again in Southampton - this West Indies pace attack is one of the finest in the world The return ...
Jason Holder will be accepted and executed
Jason Holder registered career-best figures of 6 for 42 to bowl England out for 204 on Day 2 of the first Test at The Rose Bowl On the eve ...
West Indies Dominate Day 2 as the registered proprietor of his Career'is better to pay
Holder bagged his Test career's 7th five-wicket haul Roston Chase, with the ball in one hand, is scratching his head with the other, trying for as much sweat ...
Social media the racial Divisions in south Africa cricket
Lungi Ngidi's stance on the BLM Movement was not well received by some former South Africa cricketers Contrasting reactions to the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement have ripped the ...
ACC to research for the months of June 2021 the Window to keep the Asia Cup
India has won the previous two editions of the Asia Cup The Asian Cricket Council is contemplating a window in June 2021 to hold the Asia Cup while announcing on ...
Support, Gabriel bundle England for 204
Gabriel dismissed the England top three. When Kemar Roach dropped Ben Stokes towards the end of the first session, it felt like an ordeal was in store. And when Shamarh ...
Bairstow, Hi Ali included in the white-ball training group
Moeen Ali and Jonny Bairstow have been included in a 24-man white-ball training group After being left out of England's Test squad for the series against West ...
Live cricket score: England vs West Indies 1st Test, Day 2, Southampton
Only 17.4 overs were possible on Day 1 Welcome to our live blog. Tweet me @prat1204 with comments, predictions and tips on how to make it through 2020Wicket, and ...
The new zealand name of Sophie Devine as Captain standing
Devine was initially named captain in January this year in the lead-up to the Women's T20 WC. New Zealand Cricket have named Sophie Devine as the permanent skipper ...