Umpire Gerard Abood became the first Australian on-field official to wear a helmet while umpiring in a Big Bash League (BBL) cricket game where the Melbourne Renegades met the Perth Scorchers at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday.
He wore a black batting helmet from Masuri’s Vision Series model which is worn by the majority of Australian players. Abood said he has been wanting to wear a head protection for some time now due to the increasing power in modern cricket, where the bats are getting heavier by the day.
Abood decided to wear the protection after his compatriot John Ward was struck on the head during a Ranji Trophy fixture in India between Punjab and Tamil Nadu on December 1. Ward is still recovering from concussion.
In November last year, umpire and former captain of Israel's national team, Hillel Awaskar died after being hit by a ball during a match in Ashdod.