Bangladesh cricketers have purchased steam-guard helmets but have been uncomfortable with its usage © AFP
Bangladesh cricketers have purchased steam-guard helmets but have been uncomfortable with its usage © AFP

The recent incident of Suhrawadi Shuvo being hit by bouncer on the neck during Dhaka Premier League (DPL) Division Cricket, has raised concerns about Bangladesh players attitude towards safety regulations. The BCB circulated the safety regulations set up by ICC but several players from various countries have failed to upgrade to helmets with stem guards that could help during severe conditions, especially after Phil Hughes death. Despite these regulations, players go as per their comfort levels.  The stem guard is made of a material called impact-modified thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), a rubbery plastic. ALSO READ: Bangladesh to involve team manager in two-tier selection process

It is a clip-on which attaches to the side of the grille. Shuvo wasn’t wearing a helmet with a stem guard which, would have softened the blow to his neck, as reported on Marshal Ayub who is also playing in DPL this season for Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi, has urged players to review this system and make use of helmets, “I have ordered one [helmet with a stem guard] from Melbourne recently. I should have got one sooner. I think now everyone will be keen on getting these helmets given how Shuvo got injured. It is an eye-opener.”

These helmets are not easily available for Bangladesh players but those representing the national side and Bangladesh A team have the opportunity to use the same. Soumya Sarakar who has been using the stem guard helmet also felt players have kept it away due to comfort levels, “Using the helmet with the stem guard depends on the person. I felt comfortable with it, so I started using the type. It is very rare to find a batsman who compromises the comfort of his helmet. Then again, it has only been some time that this guard has been in the market. I do think the cricketers are much more aware now when it comes to safety.”  ALSO READ: ICC announce groups for ICC Champions Trophy 2017

Soumya also said the conditions in Bangladesh, with the tracks’ relative lack of bounce and pace, might have contributed to the casual attitude towards upgrading helmets. “The types of wickets we play on in our domestic cricket can be one good reason behind the cricketers not using the stem guard. Also, not all the teams have good pacers in their side. But because we had an accident today, I hope the cricketers will take note of it and start to ensure safety.”

Some cricketers have blamed the unavailability of stem-guard helmets that has caused the players to stay away from this regulation. Some cricketers have made special order for the same from abroad and have not given priority to the same. During Bangladesh Premier League 2015 a lot of players were provided with these helmets from six teams participating in the tournament. That time most of them did make use of those helmets due to safety concerns. Perhaps, after Shuvo’s injury, most cricketers will attach as much importance to safety as comfort.