Former England skipper Michael Atherton believes the ICC should consider allowing more substitutions for injuries which require players to visit a hospital for treatment during a match amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

International cricket is set to resume after the coronavirus hiatus with England scheduled to host the West Indies team in a bio-secure environment for a proposed three-match series in July.

It is likely to be the first series since the health crisis forced a shutdown of the sport worldwide in March.

Artherton, who has led England in 54 Tests, said there “will be one or two issues” when international cricket resumes after the break.

“What, for example, happens if a batsman breaks a finger and he’s got to go to hospital for an X-ray? He’s got to leave the bubble and then come back, and if there’s a delay in testing or the results. I think you’ll see one or two compromises,” Atherton told Shaun Pollock and host Neil Manthorp in the ‘Following On Cricket Podcast’.

The 52-year-old former batsman, who has scored 7728 runs in 115 Tests for England, said if such a situation arises then “you’ll see is that there’ll be an extension for the concussion rule”.

“If you remember, Marnus Labuschagne became the first concussion substitute for Steve Smith last...

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