Sri Lanka cricket coach Arthur wants ICC to consider injury substitutions


By Nick Said

PRETORIA, Dec.28 (Reuters) – Sri Lanka coach Mickey Arthur wants International Cricket Council (ICC) to introduce injury substitutions in testing as his squad have only six fit players for the rest of the five days of clash with South Africa.

The tourists follow South Africa by 160 points in their second inning and although they only lost two wickets, in reality there could be six or seven unless they can get their injured players back. inside the enclosure.

A number of players were hampered by muscle injuries and Arthur blamed this on the team’s inadequate preparation for the game due to the COVID-19 restrictions.

“I’m on the ICC cricket committee and will have a conversation at the end of this test match,” Arthur told reporters on Monday.

“I saw India also lose one of their quicks (fast players) today (against Australia) and I suspect more teams will lose quicks because the workload will be too heavy with COVID and the quarantine process.

“If the world was normal we wouldn’t be in this situation, the conditioning would be perfect. With the world being abnormal at the moment, I’m pretty sure this will be discussed at the ICC level.

“We only have maybe six fit players to complete a test match. It is not enough for anyone – our team, the TV audiences and the opposition.”

The Lankans have brought an expanded 21-man squad for the two-test run to South Africa, after which they return home for two tests against England from January 14.

“Thank goodness it would be (batting coach) Grant Flower at three and me at number four in the next test game,” Arthur said sadly.


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