>In light of the recent tragedy here in Vancouver, Canada, where a
>young cricketer was killed after being hit in the back of the neck by
>a cricket ball while attempting to play a hook shot. The coroner is
>now investigating the death and will decide if wearing helmets
>should be made mandatory for cricket players here in
>Vancouver, Canada. The meeting will be on Wednesday June 28, 1995, and
>I will be there to hold up for those who believe the wearing of
>helmets should be left entirely up to the batter. I would love to hear
An interesting sidebar; on my team, I used to be the only one who wore
a helmet (and we play on an asphalt pitch!). One of the few good
things to come out of the great tragedy to the Hobson family may be
the following: I e-mailed out the article on rsc describing his sad
death to my teammates, and now several have begun wearing helmets.
Yes, I agree they are cumbersome, unweildy, and difficult to bat in.
I felt the same way about pads when I first began wearing them in high
school. I began wearing a helmet when I got hit in the face and
knocked out trying to pull a ball from a medium pacer that reared off
the pitch. The scary thing was the bowler wasn't particularly fast, I
was well set at that time, and still had little chance on a badly
rolled pitch. Now, I feel as comfortable with a helmet as I do with
pads or a box.
My viewpoint on this is simple. If Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara
can wear helmets, then why should I feel wearing one diminishes my
manhood in any way. True, Tendulkar bats against Bishop and Ambrose
while I play Deepak from Quick 11, but as the Hobson tragedy indicates
you don't need to bowl like Ambrose to seriously hurt someone. Plus
our pitches are not as good as the ones the top players play on.
In summary, don't let this tragedy repeat itself. Take the time in
the nets to try a helmet. It may be hard at first, and quite likely
you will never need one in your life, but think of it as insurance in
case you do..
I'll get off my soapbox now..
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