Should Helmets Be Made Mandatory For Batsmen?????????

Should Helmets Be Made Mandatory For Batsmen?????????

Post by Anthony Barke » Sun, 18 Jun 1995 04:00:00


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

Anthony

 
 
 

Should Helmets Be Made Mandatory For Batsmen?????????

Post by Stephen Devau » Sun, 18 Jun 1995 04:00:00


writes:

Quote:

>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

>Anthony

Very interesting stuff!  I'm with you.  I do not wear a helmet.
However, my reultance is not due to macho, but simply to the fact that
cricket helmets are abominably designed and unnecessarily heavy.  I
have yet to see a lightweight hard plastic helmet with the "cage" in
front designed properly so as not to limit visibility.  If someone can
show me such a helmet, I'd buy it and wear it in a second!

Fraternally in cricket,

Steve the Bajan

P.S.  BTW, I also feel that wicketkeeper gloves are much inferior in
design to baseball gloves.  Ted Seay, what do you think?

 
 
 

Should Helmets Be Made Mandatory For Batsmen?????????

Post by R. Bharat R » Sun, 18 Jun 1995 04:00:00

Quote:

>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..

Quote:
>Anthony

I'll get off my soapbox now..

Bharat
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Should Helmets Be Made Mandatory For Batsmen?????????

Post by John Hal » Sun, 18 Jun 1995 04:00:00

Quote:

> 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.

Surely the coroner doesn't have the power to make wearing helmets
mandatory? Surely that would requirfe an act of parliament.

Quote:
> 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


I agree with you. People should be treated as ***s and allowed to
make their own decisions on such matters. However, I think anyone with
any sense will wear one voluntarily, certainly if there is bowling
with any pretensions to pace.
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Should Helmets Be Made Mandatory For Batsmen?????????

Post by Norman Gonsalv » Mon, 19 Jun 1995 04:00:00

Quote:
>> I will be there to hold up for those who  believe the wearing of
>> helmets should be left entirely up to the batter. ...

   Helmets should be made mandatory, everywhere, or some form of hard
*** ball should be used. The contest should be between bat and ball
only, and not between ball and body. Cricket is a game (for fun), not war
(for destruction). The finesse in the game is the batsman's ability to
strike the small ball without getting caught, etc. Any delivery that is
intentionally directed to the batsman's body is an act of savagery,
unbecoming of cricket, and sports in general, and should be banned. Of
course, there are those of us who feel that such savagery is justifiable
in the name of glory, victory, machismo, etc.
   BTW, Waqar Younis very rarely resorts to bouncers and the like.

   Norm in California

 
 
 

Should Helmets Be Made Mandatory For Batsmen?????????

Post by R. Bharat R » Tue, 20 Jun 1995 04:00:00

Quote:

>>> I will be there to hold up for those who  believe the wearing of
>>> helmets should be left entirely up to the batter. ...
>   Helmets should be made mandatory, everywhere, or some form of hard
>*** ball should be used. The contest should be between bat and ball

Ummmm, while I certainly believe everyone should wear helmets (and
abdomen guards for that matter), I definitely do not think we should
pass laws forcing ****S* to wear helmets while batting.  I think
people over 21 can decide if they want to bat without helmets..

It would not be out of place to propose legislation at the school
level making helmets mandatory, but this is a pipe dream -- some
schools will be hard pressed to get bats and balls, let alone pads and
helmets, that such legislation would only make it harder to play
cricket.

Quote:
>   Norm in California

bharat
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Should Helmets Be Made Mandatory For Batsmen?????????

Post by Ashley Hera » Tue, 20 Jun 1995 04:00:00

Quote:


>Subject: Should Helmets Be Made Mandatory For Batsmen?????????
>Date: 17 Jun 1995 09:07:57 GMT

If I can remeber right, during my days as the Secretary of the Canadian
Cricket Association (CCA) ( 1991-1993), there was a insurance clause, that all
junior cricketers (I believe under the age of 18), must wear a helmet while
batting in order for insurance coverage, in all CCA junior events.

Ashley Herath

In light of the recent tragedy here in Vancouver, Canada, where a

Quote:
>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

>Anthony

 
 
 

Should Helmets Be Made Mandatory For Batsmen?????????

Post by howard roge » Wed, 21 Jun 1995 04:00:00


Quote:

> >>> I will be there to hold up for those who  believe the wearing of
> >>> helmets should be left entirely up to the batter. ...
> >   Helmets should be made mandatory, everywhere, or some form of hard
> >*** ball should be used. The contest should be between bat and ball

No they should not be mandatory.
You can always use the bat to stop the ball from hitting yourself!  That's
what it's there for.
If the bowlers are too quick for you play another sport, if the wicket is
too bad, have the groundsman fired!  Problem solved.
 
 
 

Should Helmets Be Made Mandatory For Batsmen?????????

Post by dub.. » Wed, 21 Jun 1995 04:00:00

Quote:

> >... hold up for those who  believe the wearing of
> >helmets should be left entirely up to the batter. I would love to hear


I agree. No inferences about a player's manhood
should be drawn because he wears a helmet, but he should feel free to bat
without one if he so desires. Perhaps he gets some kind of a rush from it,
or feels less complacent. It's his noodle.
 
 
 

Should Helmets Be Made Mandatory For Batsmen?????????

Post by Stuart McDouga » Wed, 21 Jun 1995 04:00:00

I don't want to discuss the pros and cons of wearing a helmet, but whoever
wrote "if the wicket is too bad, have the groundsman fired! Problem solved"
is obviously utterly ignorant of the conditions that many of us play under.
In the U.S. matting wickets are the rule (also Canada) and the conditions
are often primitive.  Groundsman?  Who's that?  You really have to love this
game to play it here in the cricketing outback.  A stupid reply.
 
 
 

Should Helmets Be Made Mandatory For Batsmen?????????

Post by Matthew D. Mitchell, Ph. » Wed, 21 Jun 1995 04:00:00

I'm not ready to go so far as to make them mandatory, but I'd sure like to see
wearing one as the routine case, and I think there's a good case for keepers
wearing them, as long as those [blasphemy] West Indians don't understand
"One for the fastball, two for the curve"  B^#   (<--- 21 stitches in 1988)

I started wearing my hockey helmet behind the stumps, and was able to stand up
for the quick guys, when necessary.

Matt  (Haverford College '83, U. of Penn. '91)

 
 
 

Should Helmets Be Made Mandatory For Batsmen?????????

Post by R. Bharat R » Thu, 22 Jun 1995 04:00:00

Quote:



>> >>> I will be there to hold up for those who  believe the wearing of
>> >>> helmets should be left entirely up to the batter. ...
>> >   Helmets should be made mandatory, everywhere, or some form of hard
>> >*** ball should be used. The contest should be between bat and ball
>No they should not be mandatory.
>You can always use the bat to stop the ball from hitting yourself!  That's
>what it's there for.
>If the bowlers are too quick for you play another sport, if the wicket is
>too bad, have the groundsman fired!  Problem solved.

Kindly watch your attributions Howard.  You have my name up there, but
I haven't said a single word of the ones you quoted.

Bharat

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Should Helmets Be Made Mandatory For Batsmen?????????

Post by Jim Brigh » Thu, 22 Jun 1995 04:00:00

 Any delivery that is

Quote:
>intentionally directed to the batsman's body is an act of savagery,
>unbecoming of cricket, and sports in general, and should be banned. Of
>course, there are those of us who feel that such savagery is justifiable
>in the name of glory, victory, machismo, etc.

To be just ***sy bit pedantic, how do you get an LBW without 'aiming'* the ball at the batsman's body (i.e. his legs may be a good =
place to aim)?

* Assuming you aren't Proctor, Imran, Waqar etc. who seem to have to 'aim' at about 4th slip to get the ball booming into the pads!

If such practice is savagery, then Proctor and co. who have 'all lbw' hat-tricks (see related items) must be beyond contempt!

Why is this always seen from the batsmans perspective?  Is it equally savage to direct a shot at close by fielders (or at least hit =
the ball very hard and close to them) in an attempt to make them move further away? Or should fielders be allowed to stand on the ba=
tsman's toes?

What about the stright drive and the hook, pull,sweep and (occasionally) square cut all of which imperil the poor innocent umpire.

Physical strength or at least speed are a part of the game.  The batsman may deliberately hit the ball very hard to force the fielde=
rs back allowing him subsequently to play the ball softly and steal singles etc.  He knows (as do the fielders) that a fast travelli=
ng ball can hurt precious fingers.  Whilst not condoning outright intimidation, drastic measures like softening the ball would remov=
e a lot of subtley from the game in remedying a relatively infrequent breach of the laws.

Jim Bright

 
 
 

Should Helmets Be Made Mandatory For Batsmen?????????

Post by Murali Red » Thu, 22 Jun 1995 04:00:00


Quote:

>    Personally, I feel that this is only the case when the opening
>bowlers come steaming in at the tail enders who generally don't have the
>ability to either get out of the way or hook the ball into next week.

Given that protective equipment exists for practically any part of the
body that can be seriously injured, the tail-ender is
being stupid or macho if he comes in without adequate protection.
he deserves whatever he gets.
Also it is not as if they can not get out of the way. The problem is
that they want to hit the ball first and get out of the way only as the last
option, and many tailenders are not good enough to do this.
Why should the poor bowler be forced reduce his repertoire of deliveries and
increase the risk of getting hit for runs?

I have no problem with making helmets mandatory.
If seat belts are mandatory for drivers, why not helmets for batsmen.
There is no question that making it mandatory will reduce
the number of injuries. That should be worth the loss of freedom of choice.

 
 
 

Should Helmets Be Made Mandatory For Batsmen?????????

Post by R. Bharat R » Thu, 22 Jun 1995 04:00:00

Quote:

>I have no problem with making helmets mandatory.
>If seat belts are mandatory for drivers, why not helmets for batsmen.
>There is no question that making it mandatory will reduce
>the number of injuries. That should be worth the loss of freedom of choice.

I disagree with this one.  Frankly, any ***** who desires to bat
without a helmet, should be allowed to do so.  One way to look at it
is natural selection at work:0-)

Seriously, I don't think you should force ***s to wear helmets.  I
wouldn't oppose a law forcing kids to bat in helmets, assuming good
helmets were available.

Bharat [what's a groundsman;-]

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