Durban: A good news for helmet makers. Cricket umpires will soon come to the field wearing helmets during T20 games in the future!
' Brutal hit men' in fast-paced T20 is forcing umpires to consider using baseball helmets for protection in the fast-paced Twenty game.
"I guess it's only a matter of time before you see us using those," Australian umpire Daryl Harper told the Times of India .
"The bats are getting heavier, the shots are hit with more ferocity... I can bet umpires have to be very careful," he said, suggesting a baseball helmet with a full face cover would act as a good form of protection.
As T20 is gaining popularity because of the frequency of big hits and Harper said this was putting umpires at greater risk due to their proximity to the batsman.
"I was talking about this to some of the other umpires and they were also of the same opinion," said Harper, currently officiating in the Indian Premier League Twenty20 competition in South Africa.