Following research undertaken by both the ICC and Cricket Australia, both parties have updated the playing conditions for competitions that they administer to require players to wear cricket helmets that meet the British Standard BS7928:2013 when batting against fast or medium-paced bowling, wicketkeeping up to the stumps and fielding close to the batsman in front of the wicket. BS7928:2013 replaces the pre-existing Australian Standard which dates back to 1997, and the previous British Standard which was established in a similar era.
The establishment of the new standard has been based on more rigorous testing of the grille (faceguard) of the helmet, and the way it interacts with the shell of the helmet to prevent cricket balls from striking the player’s face and jaw. The previous standards did not assess the impact resistance of the faceguard, nor the ability for the helmet-faceguard combination to resist penetration of the ball between the peak of the helmet and the first crossbar of the faceguard. Additionally, they were not tested against the smaller 142g ball which is commonly used in both Women’s and Junior Cricket. This resulted in cricket helmets providing the user with a significantly lower amount of protection than they may have been expecting when purchasing and using the product.
The research projects uncovered data that concludes that head injuries are the second most common form of serious injury incurred in cricket, behind hand and finger injuries, and the most common type of injury to require hospital admission.
In making the wearing of cricket helmets that meet the BS7928:2013 British Standard mandatory in competitions that they administer (including the Sheffield Shield, Marsh One-Day Cup, W/BBL), Cricket Australia is strongly recommending that all other organisations that administer competitions introduce similar requirements into their playing conditions.
Cricket NSW will be following Cricket Australia’s lead, in introducing mandatory requirements for 2019/20 in the competitions that we administer, and hence we are sharing the message with cricket associations across NSW and the ACT that we strongly recommend that all affiliate Associations make the wearing of cricket helmets that meet the BS7928:2013 British Standard mandatory in the competitions that they administer.
The following website holds a lot of information on this topic, including sample playing conditions for your consideration. https://www.community.cricket.com.au/clubs/policies/helmets
In conclusion, Cricket NSW is, in 2019/20, making the wearing of cricket helmets that meet the BS7928:2013 British Standard mandatory in competitions that we administer, and we are strongly recommending that other cricket organisations do the same.
For further support on this matter, please reach out to your local CNSW Cricket Manager. To find out who is the Cricket Manager in your area visit https://cricketnsw.com.au/community-cricket/who-is-your-local-cnsw-contact.
Yours in cricket,
CEO - Cricket NSW