Cricket Australia Introduces A New Rule For Their Players Ahead Of 2023 ODI World Cup

Cricket Australia (CA) has introduced a fresh regulation mandating the use of a neck guard for all Australian domestic and international players from October 1. Failure to comply with this new rule will result in sanctions in line with the established regulations.

Cricket Australia has been advising the incorporation of neck protectors ever since the tragic incident involving Phillip Hughes in 2014. Despite this, several prominent batsmen, such as David Warner and Steve Smith, have chosen not to use them. Smith has personally experienced a head injury from a Jofra Archer bouncer during the Lord’s Test of the 2019 Ashes still he does not want to wear the neck guard.

It has been an order from cricket Australia that players should wear these neck protectors from October 1. It is now mandatory for players participating in domestic matches in Australia or representing the country in international cricket matches overseas.

Head Of CA, Peter Roach said,”Protecting the head and neck is extremely important in our sport.”

The law came after a recent incident happened in the Australia-South Africa series, involving Australian all-rounder Cameron Green. Green was struck by a Kagiso Rabada bouncer on the neck guard attached to his helmet which resulted in him sustaining a concussion and having to exit the series against South Africa.

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