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IND vs AUS: Canberra may witness umpire with helmet

DECCAN CHRONICLE | BIPIN DANI
Published Jan 19, 2016, 9:28 pm IST
Updated Jan 19, 2016, 9:28 pm IST
John Ward, once injured in India, is likely to officiate with headgear.
 John Ward, once injured in India, is likely to officiate with headgear in the fourth ODI between India and Australia. (Photo: Cricket Victoria)
  John Ward, once injured in India, is likely to officiate with headgear in the fourth ODI between India and Australia. (Photo: Cricket Victoria)

Mumbai: The fourth ODI between India and Australia (at Canberra) is likely to witness the first ever incident of an umpire officiating wearing a helmet in an international match.

“John Ward is scheduled to umpire the ODI in Canberra and is expected to wear the helmet,” said Karl Wentzel – an Australian umpire who has been using the protective headgear in domestic circuit.

 

Few weeks ago, the 54-year-old Ward, during last tour of India, was seriously injured after being struck on head by a shot from Barinder Sran during a domestic match and was hospitalised.  

"He umpired a Big Bash League fixture last Saturday in Sydney which was his first since the injury. He wore a helmet during the match,” Wentzel added.

Interestingly, Sran is also in the touring team and has featured in all the matches so far.

The subject of umpire safety has received a great deal of attention after players getting frequently injured.

 

Former Israel captain Hillel Oscar lost his life while umpiring after a ball struck him on his neck few months ago.

Simon Taufel, the former ICC umpire and the coach of the umpires, is in favour of umpires using the protection.

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