The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is reportedly in talks with the International Cricket Council (ICC) about allowing Covid-19 player substitutions in the scheduled Tests against West Indies and Pakistan.
ECB director of events Steve Elworthy said that he is hopeful of an being reached soon for the aforementioned series, which the ECB plans to host in “bio-secure” venues in July.
As of now, the ICC only allows a player to be replaced during a match because of an injury. Under ECB’s latest proposal, a late substitution would also be allowed on Covid-19 grounds. Media reports did not go into any further details about how the whole thing would actually look like on the field.
“I know there are still some considerations from an ICC perspective about a Covid-19 replacement,” Elworthy told British media.
“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.” he added.
Keeping players’ wellbeing in mind, the ICC Cricket Committee has already recommended banning the use of saliva to shine the ball in order to generate swing.
Cricket West Indies (CWI) gave its approval in principle on Friday for the series in England which was originally scheduled in June.
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.