BCCI informs players about anticoncussion helmets

NEW DELHI: The BCCI He has informed his players about the importance of wearing an anti-concussion helmet, but left the decision to wear a neck protector in cricket players despite increasing calls to make it mandatory.

Mandatory neck protectors in helmets for Australian cricketers are not far off, the head of sports medicine for the national team said Monday. Jofra Archer a downed buffador Steve Smith during the second deadly spoils Test.

While it is still not mandatory but the ICC's cricket committee has extensively deliberated on the issue and came out with concussion substitute -- a change in rule that has been welcomed by all and one that Australia effectively used it in the form of Marnus Labuschagne in the second deadly spoils Test.

Once the new rules on concussions came into effect, the BCCI briefed the captain as well as the coaching staff about it. We have told them about helmets with anti-concussion element - neck guards. A few players including Shikhar Dhawan use it but we can't force them. Helmet is also about matter of comfort, a senior BCCI official, privy to the development, told PTI.

The official informed that after the Phill Hughes tragedy, the BCCI had asked its players to speak to their respective helmet suppliers to design a more protective head gear.

But the helmet is something that a player should feel comfortable with. Some players may have difficulty maneuvering or feeling a bit of discomfort around the neck region. Until ICC does not make it mandatory, I think we should leave it to the players, he said.

I think (helmets with neck protectors) should be (mandatory), said Peter Brukner, former Australian cricket team doctor between 2012 and 2017, to the Australian newspaper.

However, some of the previous and current Indian players feel that it cannot be made mandatory only with Smith's technique.

I always listened to what Sunil Gavaskar He has to say about playing short balls. Look at the ball until the last moment. But strange delivery will hit you. It's about the technique. Look at the bowlers of yesteryear. Michael Holding, Malcolm Marshall, Imran Khan and in our time Shoaib Akhtar, Brett Lee. They were all fast, said Harbhajan Singh, who doesn't participate in the spinner.

You can't tell a youngster to copy Steve Smith's technique. It's very unique and very effective. But for him only. Also every team doesn't have a Jofra Archer -like bowler. It could be against a team with medium pacers on Feroz Shah Kotla. Why do you need a neck guard there, Harbhajan asked.

The former Indian goalkeeper, Deep Dasgupta, talked about how each player prefers a different helmet.

Sachin Tendulkar used to wear 'Forma' helmets and Virat (Kohli) does the same. Rahul (Dravid) used to wear CMD while many players wear 'Masuri' helmets.

I can tell you that when I used CMD, I would feel somewhat uncomfortable near the neck region since the side grille of the visor would touch it. But Masuri had a wider base and I felt comfortable. So it's an individual choice, said Dasgupta .0