New Zealand news December 2, 2016

New Zealand to introduce concussion substitutes

ESPNcricinfo staff

Daniel Hughes was the first player to be replaced by the concussion substitute rule © Getty Images

New Zealand Cricket is set to introduce the concussion substitute rule in this season's domestic limited-overs competitions - the McDonald's Super Smash T20, which begins on December 4, and the 50-over Ford Trophy, which begins on January 15, 2017.

The move came after two players - Canterbury opener Chad Bowes and Otago wicketkeeper-batsman Ryan Duffy - were forced out of games after being struck on the head.

Bowes, who was hit by a Scott Kuggeleijn bouncer in Canterbury's second innings against Northern Districts in the Plunket Shield game in Christchurch, was forced to retire hurt on 9 and missed the following two rounds.

A bouncer from Lockie Ferguson resulted in Duffy falling onto his stumps after being struck in the second-round Plunket Shield match between Otago and Auckland. Duffy has not played since.

New Zealand Cricket, however, will not have the concussion substitute rule in the Plunket Shield as the ICC had earlier rejected the idea for first-class cricket.

The rule was used for the first time in the Matador Cup Elimination final in Sydney in October. New South Wales batsman Daniel Hughes was struck by a bouncer from Peter Siddle and was forced to retired hurt, before eventually being ruled out of the match.

Under the new rule introduced by Cricket Australia this summer, the Blues were then entitled to pick a concussion substitute. The replacement player, Nick Larkin, then officially became part of the playing XI, and came in to bat at No. 8.

In Australia, only a like-for-like player can be activated as a concussion substitute. In New Zealand however, the 12th man will be the replacement player to create a level playing field for away teams who travel with only 12 players, as opposed to Australia where sides carry more reserve players.

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  • Antony_Lucas on December 4, 2016, 7:14 GMT

    No suprises from such a progressive country. Nobody in the country would have an issue with this. ICC non-exempting the 4-day game stinks of bureaucracy

  •   cricfan69564930 on December 3, 2016, 7:48 GMT

    this problem with the short ball should be addressed before anyone else gets hurt or killed..but since the ICC opposes concussion substitutes they are unlikely to be interested in instigating the change to the bouncer law..i agree 100% with MOSESJACT's post..allowing 2 or 3 substitute players to take the field at any time to bat,bowl or field would improve the watchability of cricket..and it would help players with any type of injury to get it assessed and treated...and it is time to look at new types of cricket balls that don't break bones and allow play to continue after light rain by not absorbing water like the current leather one..

  • Min2000 on December 3, 2016, 0:01 GMT

    They should have had this when Craig Cummings was playing -- I swear I saw him score about 40 runs just off the helmet one time.

  • Bishop on December 2, 2016, 23:47 GMT

    @Pratigya The supersub rule (as it was known) while looking good on paper suffered from a pretty fatal flaw in that the teams had to designate their sub before the toss took place. So if you were hoping to bat first, you'd name a batsman in your playing XI, and sub a bowler into the game after you'd batted. Unfortunate then if you lost the toss and found yourself bowling first!

    Rather than make the simple change of allowing teams to name a XII and designate their sub "post-toss", the ICC decided to scrap the idea, and to be honest, I don't think it was that big a loss.

  • Mervo on December 2, 2016, 21:17 GMT

    @MOSESJACT I cannot agree. Any player or fan of watching rugby (union or league) should go and watch the film "Concussion". Your would pull your son off the field tomorrow. There need to be strict protocols to protect the head and manage layoffs. You will never stop the swinging arm tackle or the head knock, or for that matter, the bouncer in cricket. Moves like this NZ one in cricket are the best way.

  • AamirAfzaalMalik on December 2, 2016, 19:59 GMT

    The format which needs substitution rule the most is Test cricket,ICC should allow captains to make three tactical substitutions in a match.This will make the game more interesting.Usually what happens in a test match that pitch helps the fast bowlers on day 1 and day 2,so teams will pick fast bowlers and latter when the pitch start assisting spinners they will have the option of replacing a fast bowler with a spinner. Similarly,captains can replace batsmen knowing their ability to bat in the first and second innings,in result quality of cricket will be improved.

  • Pratigya Joshi on December 2, 2016, 17:46 GMT

    i think there should be one tactical change rule in cricket. i still remember during 2005-6 there used to be 12th man in the game n i liked that rule

  • SLMaster on December 2, 2016, 13:58 GMT

    Good decision. But not only for concussion for other failed to continue physical injuries as well. That will bring the balance to a team.

  • mosesjact on December 2, 2016, 13:50 GMT

    This rule is just a little bandaid to fix one of the biggest problems in the game- injuries. If we are trying to protect the brain, why not change some of the rules of the game. Any delivery above the shoulders must considered a no ball with a free hit. Cricket is the only bat and ball game where the rules allow the ball to be aimed at the head of the batsman.

    Also, a change in the construction of the ball is necessary. A ball with the same weight and same flight and bounce qualities can be designed with hollow plastic.

    Instead of the concussion replacement rule, two replacements must be named in advance who could replace for any injury, but the problem is - the teams can use this as part of strategy and fake injuries. Why not allow two,replacements any time for any reason.

  • Cricinfouser on December 2, 2016, 13:01 GMT

    so the captain needs to select one extra player like now each team will play will 12 players one will sit out until or unless anyone got injuries.

    INDIA we Call that Player as "JOKER" We mostly use this rule in street cricket

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