Author: Abhishek Rajan
The IPL governing council has decided that the teams will be allowed to have concussion substitutes in the upcoming season of the tournament, which is starting from 29th March.
This is the first time that the IPL teams will be allowed to have concussion substitutes. The protocol was already there in international cricket and now it has been introduced in IPL as well.
ICC has been very cautious about the head injuries of the players after the sad demise of Philip Hughes, who was hit on the back of the head by a short ball from Sean Abbott while playing domestic cricket in Australia.
According to the new ICC protocol, if a player is hit on the head while batting, he can be allowed to continue only if he gets a clearance from the team doctor. Even if he himself says he is fine to continue, the doctor’s decision will be final. The same protocol is likely to be followed in the IPL as well.
The next season of IPL is also going to be slightly longer than the previous seasons as the no. of double headers has been reduced. There are only going to be five double headers this time around and the tournament is going to take place over a period of seven weeks, rather than six weeks.
The BCCI has also reached a conclusion over the names of the new members of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) and the names will be made public soon.
However, the board president Sourav Ganguly has already made it clear that the former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir won’t be a part of the committee as rumored earlier.
Gambhir is a member of the Indian parliament and as per the recommendations of the Lodha committee, the politicians shouldn’t be involved in the affairs of the BCCI in any capacity.
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