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Sachin: ICC should make helmets mandatory

  • Published at 03:42 pm November 3rd, 2020
Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar

Head injuries in the game were back in focus after Hughes' death in 2014 due a hit on the neck below the helmet

Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar Tuesday urged cricket's world body to make helmets "mandatory" for batsmen at all times during a match.

Tendulkar was reacting to an Indian Premier League incident when Sunrisers Hyderabad batsman Vijay Shankar took a blow on the helmet by a throw from Kings XI Punjab's Nicholas Pooran.

Tendulkar wrote on Twitter with a video link of the action.

Batsmen usually wear a helmet when facing a fast bowler but take the head gear off when a spinner comes on to bowl.

Shankar fell to the ground after taking the hit but escaped injury in the IPL league game last month.

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Head injuries in the game were back in focus after Australian batsman Phil Hughes' tragic death in 2014 due a hit on the neck just below the helmet.

The International Cricket Council has since improved helmet standards with equipment companies adding extra protection in the neck area to prevent serious injuries.

Tendulkar, 47, also recalled a blow to current India coach Ravi Shastri during an exhibition game in his playing days.

Tendulkar, whose word still holds weight in the cricketing world, made his debut for India aged just 16 in 1989 and broke almost every batting record before retiring in 2013.

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