During Essex’s defeat of Gloucestershire last week, England skipper Alastair Cook was spoken to by the England and Wales Cricket Board after he wore a cricket helmet that contravened new rules.

The cricket helmet was an older model with an adjustable grille and a large gap between peak and grille, which has now effectively been outlawed by the ruling body.

New cricket helmet regulations

The Essex opener has now complied with new cricket helmet regulations in his county’s latest match versus Sussex. After switching his Gray-Nicolls cricket helmet to a new compliant model with a fixed grill and a narrower gap between grille and peak, Cook snicked behind off Steve Magoffin and was dismissed for one.

Jonathan Trott has since become the second English cricketer to defy new cricket helmet safety regulations after the Warwickshire middle-order man was spotted wearing an unapproved cricket helmet at Lord’s on Monday.

Modifications to the rules counter the possibility of cricket balls squeezing between grille and peak, an occurrence that has seen the likes of Stuart Broad and Craig Kieswetter suffer nasty facial injuries. The latter was prematurely forced to retire in 2014 as a shattered eye socket left the keeper-batsman visually impaired.

The new laws also state that international and county batsmen must wear a cricket helmet at all times. Elite batsmen no longer get the option to remove their lid against spinners, while wicket keepers must wear a cricket helmet when standing up to the stumps and other players fielding close to the bat must also follow suit.

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Professional cricketers cannot currently be barred from playing in non-compliant cricket helmets but could find themselves reported to the ECB’s disciplinary committee.

Nasser has his say

Nasser Hussain, also a former Essex batsman and England captain, believes Alastair Cook should continue to wear the cricket equipment that he feels most comfortable in.

“Alastair Cook is acutely aware of his role-model status as England captain but if he wants to continue using his old helmet despite rules effectively outlawing it then he should be allowed to do so,” wrote the esteemed commentator and pundit in his Daily Mail column.

However, ‘Nass’ believes that developing cricketers must adopt the new compliant cricket helmets: “The good thing is that helmets are getting safer and I would urge the parents of any youngster involved in the game to make their son or daughter wear one of the new models.

Whilst the use of non-compliant cricket helmets will not yet be policed at club-level, the staff at Cricket Direct strongly advise you to upgrade your cricket helmet – whether you’re a youngster or a seasoned campaigner – in order to comply with the latest cricket helmet regulations, to help combat the risk of serious facial injuries.

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