'Gibson and officials of other teams might also have been astonished to learn that Mike Hussey of Australia and Eoin Morgan of England, two players in their original squads of 15 replaced after they were injured, are now to be allowed back. When the tournament's technical committee sanctioned the replacement of Adrian Barath and Carlton Baugh of the original West Indies squad with Kirk Edwards and Devon Thomas, the ICC media statement explained the process thus: "Any injury-based replacement requires a written submission to the event technical committee along with a diagnosis from a medical practitioner as to the extent of the injury. Once replaced, a player cannot return to the squad." It went on to list eight other injured players who been replaced, among them Hussey and Morgan. The supposition was that, according to the ICC statement, they would not be able to return. Yet Hussey has been okayed to come in for the injured Doug Bollinger and Morgan for Kevin Pietersen. Pressed on the issue, the ICC issued this "clarification" on Monday: "A replacement is a permanent change to the squad in that the incoming player becomes a full playing member of the squad and may not be 'swapped' back out of the squad. "If an injured player who has been replaced in a squad regains fitness, he would subsequently be eligible for selection as a replacement for a player who has been assessed under the normal process." Hence the way was cleared for Hussey and Morgan to return. Yet Zimbabwe were caught unawares. According to a source close to the team, they wanted to bring back Tinotenda Mawoyo, fit again after his earlier withdrawal, for Sean Williams, injured in the match against New Zealand. But they were guided by the earlier statement. By the time the "clarification" was issued they had already called up Vusi Sibanda instead.'
ICC under fire | Trinidad Express Newspaper | Sports
Anyone else getting the impression that the ICC is making it up as they go along?