ECB AND PCA ISSUE NEW HELMET SAFETY GUIDANCE NOTE

The English Cricket Board (ECB) and Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA) have issued a safety guidance note that ‘strongly encourages’ all cricket clubs and cricketers to review their current head protecting equipment.

Masuri, at the forefront of cricket helmet design and development, welcomes the recommendations made by the governing body and the players’ union.

The Masuri Vision Series range is designed and manufactured to comply with the British Standard BS7928:2013, which has been adopted by the International Cricket Council as the international standard.

Masuri Managing Director Sam Miller said: “We will continue to review the performance of our helmets and look for new ways to improve protection for players.

We have already introduced StemGuard, a clip-on attachment that increases protection to the vulnerable area at the back of the head.”

StemGuard is being used by some of the world’s leading batsmen including England players Joe Root, Ian Bell, and New Zealand players Tim Southee and Matt Henry during the recent two Tests at Lord’s and Headingley.

Kumar Sangakkara was the first player to bat wearing a StemGuard attachment on his Vision Series helmet during an ICC World Cup match in March.

The Masuri helmets that comply with the new safety recommendation are:

  • Vision Series Elite Titanium
  • Vision Series Elite Steel
  • Vision Series Test Titanium
  • Vision Series Test Steel
  • Vision Series Club Senior
  • Vision Series Club Junior

1. Key features of the new Safety Specification

The key features of the new specification, BS7928:2013, are:

It now includes a facial contact projectile test that assesses for penetration of the ball through the faceguard, and contact of the faceguard onto the face, using realistic ball impact speeds and conditions; and

Head protectors have been tested separately against men’s and junior sized cricket balls (a five-and-a-half ounce ball and a four-and-three-quarter ounce ball, respectively).

2. WOMEN’S CRICKET

There was neither a pre-existing specific women’s head protector, nor is there any BSi specification for women’s cricket head protectors.

However, as the size of the standard women’s cricket ball is between the standard men’s and junior’s balls, it is recommended that women use head protectors which have been tested against both the men’s and junior sized ball – or at least against the junior size ball (because the smaller ball could potentially get through the gap above the faceguard on a men’s head protector).

3. JUNIOR CRICKET

Since 2000, the ECB has published safety guidance regarding the wearing of head protectors by all cricketers under the age of 18. The ECB’s current guidance is that all cricketers under the age of 18 must wear a head protector whilst batting in matches or practice sessions. The ECB also now strongly recommends that junior players use head protectors which have been tested against the junior sized ball.

Wicketkeepers under the age of 18 should wear a head protector with a faceguard, or a wicketkeeper face protector, at all times when standing up to the stumps.

Any individual taking responsibility for any player(s), under the age of 18, should take reasonable steps to ensure this guidance is followed at all times. No parental consent to the non-wearing of a head protector should be accepted.

For more information on the safety standard please visit the websites below:

The PCA website is here:  http://www.thepca.co.uk/helmet-safety.html  

The ECB website is here: http://www.ecb.co.uk/helmets