Cricket authorities are mulling over the idea of introducing concussion substitutes in Test cricket and they may be in place in the upcoming <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/ashes-2019">Ashes</a> series starting August 1. <p></p> <p></p>According to an <em>ESPNcricinfo</em> report, the issue is on the agenda at the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/icc">International Cricket Council</a> (ICC) annual conference taking place in London this week and the changes to playing conditions will almost certainly be approved and implemented quickly, so that all matches played in the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/articles/all-you-need-to-know-about-world-test-championship-adding-context-to-test-cricket-869595">World Test Championship</a>, beginning Ashes series, will have the same safety protocols in place. <p></p> <p></p>The debate of using concussion substitutes had started following the death of Phillip Hughes after he was struck by a bouncer in a List-A match in 2014. Following the tragic incident, Cricket Australia introduced the concept of concussion substitutes in their men's and women's domestic tournaments and the BBL for the 2016-17 season. <p></p> <p></p>However, it was not brought into the Sheffield Shield until the following summer after the ICC amended rules so that games would not lose their first-class status. In October 2017, the ICC had started a two-year trial of concussion substitutes in domestic cricket. <p></p> <p></p>In the recent times, many voices have come in support for more stringent protocols regarding concussion. After CA's measures, players must leave the field if directed to by a doctor for further testing or in the case of a concussion diagnosis. <p></p> <p></p>During the just concluded World Cup, there was a concerted effort to increase education about recognising the symptoms of concussion. Every team had a nominated Team Medical Representative and there was an independent match-day doctor at every game to provide support.