ICC clampdown on bouncers unlikely

Cricket's governing body will not be taking action to stop bowlers from bowling bouncers following Phil Hughes' death.

    Hughes died in hospital two days after he was struck by a bouncer [AFP]
    Hughes died in hospital two days after he was struck by a bouncer [AFP]

    A clampdown down on bouncers is unlikely despite the death of Australian Phillip Hughes this week, International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive David Richardson said.

    The cricket world was in shock this week after Hughes died on Thursday, two days after being struck on the neck by a short-pitched ball in a domestic fixture.

    I don't think cricket needs to over-react, but do what we can

    David Richardson, ICC Chief Executive

    "We need to try and keep our perspective," Richardson, speaking to BBC Radio, said when asked if the ICC would move to further restrict the use of the bouncer.

    "It's a bit early to determine, but my initial reaction is that that's unlikely. People have died by being struck on the heart before. I don't think cricket needs to over-react, but do what we can."

    Current regulations permit two bouncers per over in Test matches and ODIs and one per over in Twenty20 cricket.

    Hughes was wearing a helmet when he was struck, but the ball delivered by Sean Abbott hit him on back of the neck, just underneath the headguard.

    Former Australia wicket-keeper Adam Gilchrist said that bouncers were all part of the game but that modifications could be made to helmets.

    "I guess we could extend the helmet a little bit further down the back of the neck," he said.

    "We've always thought it is maybe the temple, the cheekbones, the skull itself that we needed to protect - and that still remains - but now we are going to look at any ways of curtailing blows to the neck."

    SOURCE: AP


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