As Cricinfo’s George Dobell reported only the other week, the ECB are considering making the wearing of helmets compulsory for batsmen and close fielders playing in (men’s) county cricket.
It is unstated whether this would also apply to women’s county cricket and the new Super League, though one would hope and assume so; but we need to ask if it might not be better for the ICC to step in and legislate globally?
The recent injury to Southern Stars and New South Wales Breakers glove-butler Alyssa Healy shows why.
The above tweet from Cricket Australia makes light of her injury, as did the player herself in subsequent posts on social media; but the fact is that she was hit hard enough for the ball to bounce several yards in the opposite direction – the kind of blow that could so easily have resulted in a career-ending, or even life-threatening, injury.
Of course, helmets are hot, uncomfortable and restrictive. Unsurprisingly, no one likes wearing one. But this is exactly why the ICC needs to legislate, to create a level and safe playing-field for everyone.
Because the truth is that Healy was extremely lucky to get away with “just” a very nasty bruise. So let’s take some responsibility now as a game, before the next player to be hit isn’t quite so fortunate.