Australia vs India: Mark Waugh suggests use of neutral doctors to make concussion calls after 1st T20I row

India tour of Australia: After Yuzvendra Chahal coming in for Ravindra Jadeja as a concussion substitute created a stir during the first T20I, former batsman Mark Waugh has suggested the use of neutral doctors to make concussion calls in international cricket.

Mark Waugh urges ICC to use neutral doctors to make concussion calls (AP Photo)


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  • Mark Waugh urges the ICC to look into neutral team doctors
  • I’m not saying he did anything wrong: Mark Waugh on India Team Doctor ruling

Former Australia batsman Mark Waugh has given his verdict on the concussion substitute row that erupted in the 1st T20I between India and Australia in Canberra, saying the International Cricket Council should look at appointing neutral doctors to make the concussion call.

Mark Waugh maintained that he doesn’t doubt Team India doctor’s call of Ravindra Jadeja’s concussion but pointed out that a neutral doctor will settle the debate around the replacements.

Waugh’s comments come after India opted to have a concussion substitute for Jadeja after the all-rounder was hit on the helmet in a Mitchell Starc over in the 1st T20I. Jadeja picked up a hamstring injury before he took the blow on his helmet but he did not take the field during Australia’s chase as Yuzvendra Chahal came in as a concussion substitute.

Jadeja was not assessed for a concussion immediately after he was hit on the helmet, raising questions over whether the proper protocols were followed. However, India captain Virat Kohli said Jadeja was feeling dizzy after his blistering knock in Canberra.

“I think something the ICC has to look at is whether you need a neutral appointed doctor to make the concussion decision,” Waugh told Fox Cricket.

“Obviously the team doctor of the Indian team made that ruling. I’m not saying he did anything wrong, but I think the ICC need to look at employing a medical officer or doctor who is neutral to make the decision.”

Yuzvendra Chahal came in and delivered a match-winning spell of 3/25 after Justin Langer was seen having an animated chat with match referee David Boon over the replacement.

Jadeja was ruled out of the T20I series due to a concussion but former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar said that proper protocols were not followed.

Australia captain Aaron Finch played down the controversy, saying he wasn’t going to doubt the medical expert’s call while Moises Henriques said he was not sure if Chahal replacing Jadeja was a ‘like-for-like’ replacement.

Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar, however, said he didn’t understand why there was so much noise around the issue when the match referee had approved the call.

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