‘CONCUSSION SUBSTITUTE’ LAW EXPLAINED: IS THERE A GREY AREA IN THE RULE?

A controversy arose for the first time after the Indian tour of Australia. Team India was batting first. Indian player Ravindra Jadeja was struck on the head by a bowler in the final over of the innings. 

Another Indian player, Yuzvendra Chahal, came in as Jadeja’s concussion replacement. In that series, Chahal took three wickets and became the man of the match. Australia’s team disagreed with the umpire’s decision to allow the player to substitute for concussion without even giving Jadeja a concussion test. 

The Australian cricket team coaches, Justin Langer and Aaron Finch showed their dissatisfaction with the action of the referee and were seen arguing with the referee for the same.

The controversy has led Indian player Ravindra Jadeja out of the T20 series.

THE INCIDENT

In the first T20 international between India and Australia, India was batting first. In the last over, Ravindra Jadeja, an Indian cricket player, was on the strike, and a back of a length delivery ball hit on his helmet. Though, even after that, the player was not tested by the medical team and played three more balls and crossed two boundaries. 

The player also had a hamstring injury in a previous over and that time, the physio went to treat him. Due to the injury, wasn’t able to give his best and so created uncertainty if the player would be able to participate in the entire match.

THE CONTROVERSY

During the innings break, Jadeja medical assessment lead him to situation of being replaced with the approval of match referee. 

The referee’s decision was not appreciated by the Australian team as the substitute player was not having the same attributes as Jadeja. 

ABOUT THE CONCUSSION SUBSTITUTE LAW

The rule of concussion has been in question for some time in the past. In the current set of rules, players are allowed for a replacement if a player suffers a concussion. 

However, the rules depend on a ‘like-for-like’ substitution for the concussed player. As per the laws, the match referees can decide who the concussion substitute will be and he has the power to restrict a player from bowling in order for the replacement to be considered like-for-like.

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