Prioritising player safety: The ICC’s new regulations for cricket helmets

Cricket players during a match
Published: Thursday, 23 March 2017. Written by Anujaya Krishna No Comments

Cricket is a gentleman’s game, and what would it be if not for the symbols and standards that distinguish it from all other games/sports - the signature cherry red/white leather ball, the perfectly chiseled bat, the pads, and the topic of the article at hand - the helmet with grilles.

Cricket equipment and related safety standards have been a point of debate for a long time. This debate was reignited when the International Cricket Council announced the introduction of new helmet regulations, which became effective as of 1 January 2017.[1] Accordingly, this piece examines: 

  • The dangers at hand

  • The ICC’s new Standards and Regulations for Helmets

  • Reasons for the ICC’s revision of its Helmet Regulations

  • Challenges to compliance

  • Author’s conclusions and suggestions

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Anujaya Krishna

Anujaya Krishna

Anujaya Krishna is currently working as a legal practitioner and legal knowledge consultant in India. She has been associated with the Sports Law team at Duane Morris and Selvam LLP, Singapore. She has authored a book entitled Sports Law and most recently got published in the Handbook on Sports Law. She has been keenly interested in Sports Law since her college days, and has several publications to her credit, in national journals as well as in international ones, such as the journal of the International Association of Sports Law, Greece.

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