The Pakistan Cricket Board Medical Advisory Committee (MAC) has suggested the introduction of concussion rule in domestic cricket amongst other recommendations on the health protocols of players in the inaugural meeting at the National Cricket Academy on Thursday.
The nine-member committee, tasked with assessing issues related to medical care and fitness standards of players, discussed the need for educating support staff around the country.
They agreed upon the demand for uplifting the existing levels of medical facilities and meet the criteria outlined by the International Cricket Council.
In this regard, the medical committee laid special emphasis on instituting the practice of regular cardiac screening of young cricketers given the rise of such cases in sports globally, along with the establishment of a concussion rule in the domestic circuit.
Substitutions for players suffering a concussion on the field have widely been supported in international cricket particularly after several incidents involving major injury scares.
The committee has also directed its attention on regulating these safety protocols including the playing gear for all levels of cricket along with the Pakistan Super League.
These recommendations on players' safety have been forwarded to the PCB Cricket Committee who will take it up in their next meeting before implementing upon them for the forthcoming domestic season.
The increased focus on fitness of cricketers and their ability to smoothly recover from injuries has elevated the skill level of players and Pakistan cricket is expected to benefit from this renewed attention on harnessing young talent for the future.
Dr Sohail Saleem, PCB Head of Medical and Sports Sciences, said: “The PCB has a duty of care towards its players and I want to thank all the specialists for sharing their knowledge and insight that will only benefit our cricketers.
“We are looking to provide medical facilities of the international standard to our domestic players in the upcoming season. For the very first time, we will be introducing cardiac screening. The purpose of today’s meeting is to catch up with the other countries which have top-notch facilities.
“We want to enhance the performances of our players without any compromise on their safety.”