Surely it is, to provide balance for teams suffered due to injury.
According to the new set of rules, the ICC allows players who suffer concussions during a match to be replaced in their team’s playing XI. However, the regulations focused on a ‘like-for-like’ replacement for the concussed player and that part still remains to be under dark clouds. Match referees will have a huge say if a team decides to bring a substitute during a match. As per ICC Cricket Operations boss Geoff Allardice, the match referees will determine who the concussion substitute is and he has the power to restrict a player from bowling in order for the replacement to be considered like-for-like.
For Example, if Imam ul Haq got injured and Pakistan Named Faheem Ashraf as his replacement than match referee has right to stop Faheem Ashraf from bowling and allow him to do batting only.
Concussion substitutes have been on trial in Australia’s domestic game since the 2016-17 season while the England and Wales Cricket Board adopted the regulations for its four professional domestic competitions in 2018.
Cricket Australia (CA) and the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) welcomed the ICC’s move to expand the rule to cover international cricket which has been implemented from August 1st.
Marnus Labuschagne becomes the first player in the history of Test Cricket to walk in as a concussion replacement after Steve Smith Hit by a Jofra Archer.
Initially Smith didn’t feel any serious discomforts but now even doubtful for the 3rd test which would be such a big blow for Team Australia especially considering his recent form in Test Cricket.