Concerned about the safety of players, India’s great batsman Sachin Tendulkar on Tuesday appealed to the International Cricket Council (ICC) to make it mandatory for batsmen to wear helmets while playing at the professional level.
Tendulkar posted the video
Tendulkar shared a video of Sunrisers Hyderabad all-rounder Vijay Shankar, who was hit in the head when Kings XI Punjab fielder Nicholas Puran attempted to run out the batsman by throwing the ball at the batting end. Initially, the video, which was put on the official website of the Indian Premier League, showed Shankar falling on the ground after the ball and the physio had to come to the ground to investigate him.
This batsman was lucky that he was wearing a helmet. Tendulkar tweeted, ‘The game is getting faster but is it also becoming safe? Recently we saw an incident which could be dangerous. Be it a spinner or a fast bowler, it should be mandatory for a professional level batsman to wear a helmet. The ICC is urged to take this as a priority.
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Earlier in November 2014, the debate over the safety of players started after the tragic death of batsman Philip Hughes off Sean Abbott during Australia’s home match. Tendulkar has also tagged BCCI, Cricket Australia and all cricket boards including England and Wales Cricket Board in this tweet.
Tendulkar remembered the old accident
In another tweet, Tendulkar recalled the incident by tagging Ravi Shastri when Sunil Gavaskar’s fulltoss ball hit India’s head coach during an exhibition match. He said, ‘It also reminded me of the incident when you hit Gavaskar’s fulltose with the upper part of the bat during the exhibition match. It could have been a serious injury but luck did not happen. ‘