England has turned out to be a hot-bed as international cricket is set to resume from July. The cricket season resumes with the West Indies tour to England, with Pakistan and Australia likely to follow suit. In the view of the novel coronavirus pandemic situation, the English board wants the global governing council to allow special ‘Covid-19 substitutes’ ahead of their Test series against the West Indies.
As of now the governing council only allows concussion substitutes but are mulling to allow the special ‘Covid-19 substitutions’ due to the crisis situation. It will allow a team to substitute a player, who shows any signs of Covid-19, with a player from the bench in order to keep the match going.
England and Wales Cricket Board: There are some considerations in place, we want it in place before Test series starts
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) director of events Steve Elworthy has said that the global governing council is already considering for some changes related to the ‘Covid-19 substitutions’ and the boards want it in place before the Test series against the West Indies.
“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.”
England on Friday named 55-man training squad to resume practice. The likes of Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes and Ben Stokes had started with their individual training earlier.
Meanwhile, Cricket West Indies (CWI) had also given a positive nod to the three-match Test series against England, as they continue to work with their board to make necessary arrangements.