Former Australia captain Mark Taylor has raised concerns against abusing the concussion substitute rule, saying it is for the protection of players and needs to be used fairly and responsibly.
On Friday, Ravindra Jadeja was replaced by Yuzvendra Chahal as a “concussion substitute” after he was hit on the head in the first T20 International in Canberra. Chahal went on to play a major role in India’s 11-run win with figures of 3/25 leading to a variety of opinions on the subject.
“The concussion rules are there to protect players,” Taylor, a former member of the ICC Cricket Committee, was quoted as saying by ‘Sydney Morning Herald’.
“If they are abused there’s a chance it will go like the runner’s rule. The reason the runners were outlawed was because it started to be abused. It’s up to the players to make sure they use the concussion sub fairly and responsibly.
“I’m not suggesting that didn’t happen last night.”
After the decision, Australia head coach Justin Langer was seen having an animated conversation with match referee David Boon on the sidelines but it was not known whether it had anything to with Chahal being allowed as a concussion substitute.
Australia all-rounder Moises Henriques, however, did wonder if it was a like-for-like replacement.
(With PTI inputs)
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