Safety is one of the real concerns in a cricket match and the authorities have to make sure that they try every possible way to implement it. After the agonizing incident of Philip Hughes, Cricket Australia immediately started a movement to amend the helmets of the batsmen and make them protective from the back side as well.
Recently, another incident has forced CA to innovate once again, New South Wales’ fast bowler Mickey Edwards survived a scary accident when the Queensland's’ left-handed smashed the ball back on to him while Edwards was in his follow-through. Fortunately, the ball did not collide with his head but injured his finger badly.
Cricket Australia leads are now pushing for the helmets for fast bowlers in order to protect them from the back-slash shots. CA is working with manufacturers on a protective helmet for fast bowlers to minimize the risk of head injuries during games and training.
Given the mechanics of a fast bowler’s run-up and bowling action, a tight-fitting helmet - similar to those used by footballers – would be far more practical for bowlers than a traditional batting helmet.
Earlier this year, Fawad Ahmed, the Australian leg-spinner also suffered a similar incident when he fractured his jaw during a Pakistan Super League game. The leg-spinner had to go under excessive surgery and dental work.
Therefore, this is a point which the cricketing authorities cannot ignore. Although it seems difficult for the fast bowlers to carry helmet during their follow-throughs, yet with the advancement in the technology, this idea cannot be rated as impractical.