A concussion substitute rule for international cricket needs to be seriously “looked at” by the International Cricket Council (ICC), according to Peter Brukner, Australian team doctor. The issue once again reared after Matt Renshaw, Australian opener, was ruled out of the remainder of the third Test at the SCG after being struck in the helmet for the second time in the match on day three.
Matt Renshaw, fielding at short leg, was hit in the helmet from Sarfraz Ahmed’s attempted sweep shot off Stephen O’Keefe. The painful blow forced him off the ground after he complained of having a headache.
Under a new policy introduced into Australian domestic cricket last year, a concussion substitute – which needs to be a like-for-like replacement player – was introduced in the wake of recommendations made by the Curtain Report, which was Cricket Australia’s (CA) independent investigation following the tragic death of Phillip Hughes.
Speaking in the aftermath of ruling Matt Renshaw out of the Test’s remainder, Peter Brukner believed the ICC should reconsider the concussion substitute rule. “We’ve introduced it into non-First class cricket in Australia and it seems to be successful,” he told reporters on Friday (January 6).
“I think it needs to be looked at seriously by the ICC. (The) concern, we have without a concussion sub is that (there can be) pressure from the player and coach on the doctor to allow the player to continue, so would be helpful in that regard if there was a sub (rule to) make it easier to pull players with a concussion. That’s for the ICC and politicians to sort out,” he added.