ICC World T20 2016 Will See Umpires Wearing Helmets: Cricket has transformed a lot in the past few years and in the age of T20 cricket, increase in the size of cricket bats and all those innovative shots, it has really become important for every person on the cricket field to carry some protective measures. Keeping this thing in mind, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has taken an appreciative step for the safety of the umpires.
The umpires will provide protective helmets to the on-field umpires during the upcoming ICC World T20 which is scheduled to begin from 8th March in India.
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In the recent times, a lot of cases have been witnessed in which Umpires getting injured during a game and were admitted to hospitals. During a Ranji match in December last year, Australian umpire John Ward was hit on head and was admitted in the hospital for couple of days. Even in the recently concluded ODI series between India and Australia, umpire Richard Kettleborough got injured and he left the field and the reserved umpire filled his space.
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Keeping all these incidents in thought, ICC has decided to design special protective helmets for the umpires which will protect them during the course of the game.
Many umpires used a normal helmet during the BBL which included Australian umpire Gerard Abood which was keenly observed by his peers and other players too.
Umpire John Ward umpired the 4th ODI between Australia and India by wearing a helmet in Canberra and many people appreciated his decision as the concern for safety is primary thing for any individual, especially umpires who are present on field without any protective gear.
The fear of getting injured is more in T20 and ODI game as compared to a test match.
“In the last 3 or 4 years, the strength and fitness of the players has increased dramatically and the bats have become so much better than ever before, so the guys are hitting the ball a lot harder”, umpire Kettleborough said after his injury in Ind Vs Aus odi.
“Our safety as with the players, is paramount. The batsman at the non-striker end is in danger too, as is the bowler in his follow through, there is no doubt about that. It’s only a matter of time before someone gets hit quite badly”, he further added.
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