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Cricket protection improvements
« on: April 24, 2018, 03:39:45 PM »

Given the number of players getting injured in international and amateur level, having broken fingers while fielding, it makes me wonder why cricket doesn't have protection for fielders. Bats rebound performance has increased enormously over the years, still fielders have to stop with bare hands. Bowlers are at danger too in the follow through from balls coming back straight at them. Why isn't there even a discussion among ICC on this aspect.  At club level, I think having gloves for fielders will make it more interesting as many guys back off from taking tough catches out of fear of getting injured. With gloves and resulting lack of fear of getting injured, I feel lower levels will see more interesting catches as more attempts will be made to take those tough catches. At professional level, players wont need to miss as many games due to injuries etc, so it seems a no brainer to me to consider it.


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« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2018, 03:43:47 PM »

May as well just use a softer ball hadnt we?

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« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2018, 04:11:01 PM »

Its the same in all sport though, injuries happen. Will you be suggesting that rugby turns into tag rugby to stop people being injured when tackling

And for those individuals that back away from a catch due to being scared of getting injured i suggest one of two things, 1. grow some balls and practice catching, funnily enough it gets easier with practice and actually hurts less with good technique, or 2. find another sport where you wont hurt your little handies
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« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2018, 04:45:26 PM »

Its the same in all sport though, injuries happen. Will you be suggesting that rugby turns into tag rugby to stop people being injured when tackling

And for those individuals that back away from a catch due to being scared of getting injured i suggest one of two things, 1. grow some balls and practice catching, funnily enough it gets easier with practice and actually hurts less with good technique, or 2. find another sport where you wont hurt your little handies

I went with Option (3) - Eat as much as possible so the ball gently comes to rest in between the folds of blubber layered across my Michelin Man-esque body. No need to hurt my hands ever again.
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« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2018, 04:54:23 PM »

Option 4 - become a keeper so you are allowed to wear gloves. Although it does mean you have to catch more, so it works both ways I suppose.
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« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2018, 04:55:23 PM »

I've covered both options 3 and 4, winning
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« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2018, 05:40:36 PM »

The ICC mainly aren't proposing it because it's against the rules, I imagine?
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« Reply #7 on: April 24, 2018, 06:27:42 PM »

Its the same in all sport though, injuries happen. Will you be suggesting that rugby turns into tag rugby to stop people being injured when tackling

And for those individuals that back away from a catch due to being scared of getting injured i suggest one of two things, 1. grow some balls and practice catching, funnily enough it gets easier with practice and actually hurts less with good technique, or 2. find another sport where you wont hurt your little handies

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« Reply #8 on: April 24, 2018, 08:09:33 PM »

A kiwi 1st class bowler wears a perspex face mask thingy as he has his head down well into his follow through.....so thats out there somewhere if people really want it .
I agree with everyone who says that crap fielders should just grow a pair ( afterall , 10yr old kids can catch a proper cricket ball with their bony little hands)  , however , if I was trying to actually give constructive advice I'd say to them to get fielding gloves for practice . Then practice like hell and incrementally wear the gloves less as confidence builds .
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« Reply #9 on: April 24, 2018, 08:11:19 PM »

Also , a lot of Americans /baseball fans ( who aren't familiar with cricket) etc remark on how impressive catching without a glove is ....so adding gloves may add something - but you'd lose a lot more i.m.o.
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« Reply #10 on: April 24, 2018, 08:35:58 PM »

GN do a set of fielding gloves, they take the sting out of the ball which is great, but if you get over reliant on them I find you lose feel for catching the ball without and often find the ball bounces out because I don't have to cushion the ball into my hands since the gloves do it for me.

Oh, and your friends make fun of you for looking like a snooker umpire. That's a disadvantage.
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« Reply #11 on: April 25, 2018, 09:12:30 AM »

what i would say causes more injuries -

1. fielders not having a good enough technique to catch or field in general - a lot due to not practicing enough
2. the state of some of the outfields at a lower level of club cricket

Some club cricketers simply don't spend enough time practicing fielding and catching, they go to training/nets and just want to bat and bowl and then go home/to the bar. They don't practice technique for catching, getting their hands use to catching a hard ball etc... then when a skier goes up, they don't have a clue

It doesn't help people's confidence when they go down to field a ball and it bounces up and hits them in the chest etc... some outfields just simply aren't good for club cricketers mindsets and then you get them sticking the big boot out rather than bending down because they are worried about the bounce etc....

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« Reply #12 on: May 02, 2018, 01:32:36 PM »

Option 4 - become a keeper so you are allowed to wear gloves. Although it does mean you have to catch more, so it works both ways I suppose.

I did this when I first started playing. Catching is much easier but you end up with a lot more bruises overall. When I gave up the gloves because someone else wanted a go it had sharpened up my skills no end and I had become a moderately decent outfielder.
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« Reply #13 on: May 02, 2018, 07:19:55 PM »

In my opinion, good technique and taking the speed of the ball with your arms gives you a less chance of injury. It can also be helpful to start with a tennis ball because it teaches you to properly catch it because tennis balls can bounce out of your hands.
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« Reply #14 on: May 02, 2018, 09:34:45 PM »

what i would say causes more injuries -

1. fielders not having a good enough technique to catch or field in general - a lot due to not practicing enough
2. the state of some of the outfields at a lower level of club cricket

Some club cricketers simply don't spend enough time practicing fielding and catching, they go to training/nets and just want to bat and bowl and then go home/to the bar. They don't practice technique for catching, getting their hands use to catching a hard ball etc... then when a skier goes up, they don't have a clue

It doesn't help people's confidence when they go down to field a ball and it bounces up and hits them in the chest etc... some outfields just simply aren't good for club cricketers mindsets and then you get them sticking the big boot out rather than bending down because they are worried about the bounce etc....

Im calling this one. You cannot blame an outfield for poor catching/fielding. Not having that.
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