The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has approached the International Cricket Council (ICC)for a green signal for “coronavirus replacements”, BBC Sport has reported.
“There are still some considerations from an ICC perspective about a COVID-19 replacement,” ECB’s Director of Events Steve Elworthy said. “That still needs to be agreed. I would hope that would be in place well before the Test series (against West Indies) starts in July.”
He went on to say that the board has arrangements planned out. “We’re ready for it, but clearly we don’t want to stray outside of government guidelines and government decision-making.”
England are to host West Indies and Pakistan this summer.
According to ICC rules, a player can only be substituted if they are suffering from a concussion. In case of illness, a substituted player cannot bat or bowl.