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ECB in talks with ICC to allow coronavirus substitutes
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ECB in talks with ICC to allow coronavirus substitutes

The England and Wales Cricket Board have approached the International Cricket Council regarding the possible use of coronavirus player substitutions during the forthcoming Test series against West Indies and Pakistan.

The ECB is hopeful of conducting international games at "bio-secure" venues in the absence of spectators to eliminate the risk of virus transmission.

While current playing regulations allow a player to be replaced in an ongoing match only when the cricketer suffers a concussion injury, the ECB has urged the ICC to consider substitutions on coronavirus grounds.

ECB director of events Steve Elworthy believes such an arrangement can be introduced to ensure an encounter is completed despite an individual player exhibiting symptoms of the disease.

“I know there are still some considerations from an ICC perspective about a Covid-19 replacement,” he 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.”

The wellbeing of players seems to be the top priority of the ICC as international cricket is set to resume after a gap of several months. The apex cricket body recently released a comprehensive document detailing the safety measures required to protect the health of players and match officials.

The imminent resumption of the sport was bolstered by the announcement of a mammoth 55-man training group by the ECB for the home summer, which will feature series against a number of teams spanning all formats.