Cricket Australia (CA) has launched a brand new rule mandating the usage of neck guards for gamers in each home and worldwide cricket ranging from October 1. As per the brand new rules, gamers will face sanctions in the event that they oppose sporting neckguards throughout matches.
The CA has taken this step to boost participant security by making it obligatory to put on neck guards, that are normally hooked up to the helmet. Earlier, gamers might make their very own choices about whether or not to make use of neck guards, however now it’s obligatory for them.
Gamers like David Warner, Steve Smith, and Usman Khawaja resisted sporting neck guards, however they are going to now be required to put on them on their helmets. Notably, Steve Smith skilled a concussion from a bouncer from Jofra Archer within the 2019 Ashes sequence.
The board’s choice to make neck guards obligatory got here after all-rounder Cameron Inexperienced was hit by a bouncer throughout an ODI match in opposition to South Africa. Regardless of sporting a neck guard on his helmet, Inexperienced needed to be substituted as a result of concussion.
Defending The Head And Neck Is Extraordinarily Necessary – Peter Roach
Peter Roach, CA’s Head of Cricket Operations and Scheduling, emphasised the significance of defending the top and neck in cricket. Roach talked about that the choice to make neck protectors obligatory got here after consulting with consultants and stakeholders.
“Defending the top and neck is extraordinarily vital in our sport,” Peter Roach stated.
“The neck protector product has come a great distance in recent times and the choice to make them obligatory comes off the again of plenty of recommendation and session with a variety of consultants and stakeholders.”
“We’ve definitely seen over a time frame gamers sporting them and changing into accustomed to sporting them.”
I Simply Really feel Claustrophobic – Steve Smith
In 2019, Steve Smith expressed discomfort whereas sporting neckguards, describing the feeling as feeling claustrophobic.
“I’ve tried them earlier than and I attempted them the opposite day after I was batting [in the nets] and I reckon my coronary heart price went up about 30 or 40 right away. I simply really feel claustrophobic. I examine it to being caught in an MRI scan machine,” Smith stated.
“They’re most likely going to develop into obligatory, so I’m going to must get used to them. I’m certain the extra I put on them, the extra I follow with them, my coronary heart price will come down and all the pieces might be okay,” he added.