LONDON – Men’s and women’s teams across all formats of international and first-class cricket will be allowed to replace concussed players during matches following a two-year trial in the domestic game, the International Cricket Council (ICC) have said.
The rule has been included in the governing body’s playing conditions and will be effective starting August 1, when the Ashes series between England and Australia begins at Edgbaston.
Decisions on concussion will be made by the team’s medical representative, while the incoming player, who will be allowed to bat and bowl, must be deemed a “like-for-like” replacement approved by the match referee.
“Following a two-year trial... in domestic cricket, the ICC approved concussion player replacements in all formats of men’s and women’s international cricket and for first-class cricket worldwide,” the ICC said in a statement following their annual conference in London.
Concussion substitutes have been on trial in Australia’s domestic game since the 2016-17 season, while the England and Wales Cricket Board adopted the regulations for their four professional domestic competitions in 2018.