BCCI to discuss implementation of concussion rule in domestic cricket
Saba Karim (IANS Photo)

BCCI is set to discuss the possibility of implementing the concussion rule in domestic cricket after it came into effect at the international stage from August 1, 2019.

Steve Smith became the first ever player to be replaced after being diagnosed for concussion. He was hit by a Jofra Archer delivery on his neck on Day 4 of the Lord’s Test against England and was temporarily removed from the field.

He returned and was out after scoring 92 but complained of grogginess and headaches later forcing Australia to rule him out of the fifth and final day. In his place, Marnus Labuschagne was drafted into the playing XI as his substituted and scored a fighting half-century with the tourists holding on for a thrilling draw.

“We will have a discussion on this issue in a day or two, and look at the possibilities of incorporating this rule in the playing conditions for this year’s domestic cricket,” BCCI GM Saba Karim told The Times of India.

Smith wasn’t wearing a neck guard when struck on his neck leading to debates whether they should become mandatory keeping in mind the safety of batsmen.

However, BCCI feels that it cannot force players to do so. “However, we can’t force the players to wear neck guards,” Karim added.

Smith has been ruled out of the fourth third Test that begins at Headingly from Thursday after failing to recover in time. However, the decision to allow him to bat after copping the blow at Lord’s came under severe criticism with it being described as a ‘dangerous position.’