ACA Chief Executive Alistair Nicholson has welcomed the introduction of concussion substitutes for International cricket, after the ICC confirmed its implementation ahead of the first men’s Ashes Test on 1 August 2019.
Nicholson commended the ICC, Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA) and Cricket Australia for prioritising rules that support player health and wellbeing.
“Creating an environment where players feel comfortable in dealing with concussion symptoms, and are able to be appropriately accessed, is vital for their long-term health and wellbeing,” Nicholson said.
These changes are on the back of recommendations made by Cricket Australia and the ACA’s Occupational Health and Safety Committee in 2016, which informed the introduction of the concussion substitute in Australian domestic cricket.
“The adoption of the rule at an international level is another great step, allowing medical staff to make decisions solely in the interest of players, without the real or perceived pressure of impacting a team and the game.
“Ultimately the introduction of this rule is beneficial for international teams, medical staff and the fans, but above all, this is a fantastic outcome for players and their welfare.”