ECB in talks with ICC to allow coronavirus substitutes in Pakistan, West Indies Tests


Karachi: England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is in talks with the International Cricket Council (ICC) about allowing coronavirus player substitutions in its upcoming planned Test series against West Indies and Pakistan.

ECB director of events Steve Elworthy while talking to British media on Friday said as the ECB plans to holds test matches in bio-secure venues, he is hoping that an agreement would be reached in time for those Tests.

“I know there are still some considerations from an ICC perspective about a Covid-19 replacement. That still needs to be agreed,” Elworthy said.

“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.

It must be noted that currently, ICC allows a player to be replaced during a match because of concussion but according to a proposed change, a late substitution would also be allowed on coronavirus grounds. Media reports did not specify how the procedure would work, including whether it would involve testing players.

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