cricket helmet safety standard has changed
Due to an increasing number of serious, high profile injuries in the professional game, a need for improved safety was identified.
The most recent high profile incident involved Mitchell McClenaghan who was struck whilst playing for New Zealand against Pakistan. When talking about the injury, Mitchell McClenaghan explains how shocked he was when he saw the extent of the damage. Mitchell underwent surgery to put plates into his nose and remove fragments of shattered bone:
I was shocked to see the damage and how bad it was... It [bone fragments] went very very close to going into my brain, I had fragments of bone in my sinus cavity so two plates were put in place to reinforce the orbital bone…”.
In conjunction with the International Cricket Council (ICC), the British Standards Institute have redefined cricket helmet safety regulations. This means that cricket helmets must now pass much tougher regulations that demand far greater facial safety and durability under impact.
For more information on the new safety standard, see the below links: