The Masuri Group Original Series MKII cricket helmet
The Masuri Group Original Series MKII cricket helmet

Helmets in cricket were developed in the 20th century.


There are recorded instances of cricketers using scarves and padded caps to protect themselves throughout cricket history. Patsy Hendren was one of the first to use a self-designed protective hat in the 1930s. Helmets were not in common use until the 1970s. The first helmets were seen in World Series Cricket, with Dennis Amiss being the first player to consistently wear a helmet which was a customised motorcycle helmet.[1][2]

Mike Brearley was another player who wore his own design. Tony Greig was of the opinion that they would make cricket more dangerous by encouraging bowlers to bounce the batsmen. Graham Yallop of Australia was the first to wear a protective helmet to a test match on 17 March 1978, when playing against West Indies at Bridgetown.[3] Later Dennis Amiss of England popularised it in Test cricket. Helmets began to be widely worn thereafter.

The last batsmen at the highest (Test match) level to never wear a helmet throughout his career was Viv Richards, who retired from the international game in 1991. A number of career ending injuries including to Craig Spearman and Craig Kieswetter and research from the England and Wales Cricket Board [4] led to the current improvements seen in modern day helmets.

Modern day cricket helmets

Dane Anderson of the Tasmanian Tigers wearing a helmet

Modern day cricket helmets are made in compliance with the recent safety standards of the International Cricket Council (ICC)[5] and have to conform to the British Standard BS7928:2013.

Materials used for making cricket helmets are impact resistance materials like ABS Plastic, Fibreglass, carbon fibre, titanium, steel and high density foam etc. Main parts of a cricket helmets are grill (made with steel, titanium or carbon fibre), chin strap, inner foam material, outer impact resistant shell etc.

In 2019 new standards for helmets were published British Standards BS7928:2013+A1:2019 This provided the introduction of standards for neck protectors to be worn as part of the head protector. The development, testing, manufacturer and accredited standard was brought in expediently as an additional safety feature, following the tragic death of the Australian international batsmen Phillip Hughes. Neck protectors are worn as an attachment to modern helmets and grilles and cover a vulnerable area at the base of the skull. As of October 2022, England and Wales Cricket Board mandated the use of the additional neck protectors in all instance of batting and close fielding.


As of 2023, the ICC has made wearing Of Helmets a must For High-Risk Positions which are: (a) batting against fast or medium paced bowling; (b) wicket-keeping up to the stumps; and (c) fielding in a position closer than seven metres from the batter’s position on the popping crease on a middle stump line (such as short leg or silly point), with the exception of any fielding position behind square of the wicket on the off side.[6]

In all cricket, as of 2016, England requires all batsmen, wicketkeepers and fielders closer than 8 yards from the wicket to wear helmets.[7][8] This is mandatory even when facing medium-pace and spin bowling.[9] New Zealand and India do not require batsmen to wear helmets.[10][11][12] Australia requires helmets to be worn by batsmen if facing fast or medium-paced bowling; wicketkeepers if keeping up to the stumps; and all fielders in positions within 7 metres of the batsman, with the exception of any fielding position behind square of the wicket on the off side.[13]

Opposition from players

Many players refused to wear helmets, either believing that they obstructed their vision when batting, or, just as in the similar debate in ice hockey, feeling helmets were unmanly, a view held by many spectators. Englishman Dennis Amiss was the first player to wear a helmet in the modern game, during a World Series Cricket match, for which both the crowd and other players mocked him.[14] Australian captain Graham Yallop was booed when he wore one in a 1978 match against the West Indies (the first time a helmet was worn in a test match) and West Indian captain Viv Richards viewed such protection as cowardly.[15] India captain Sunil Gavaskar believed that helmets slowed down a batsman's reflexes and refused to wear one.[16] In more recent times, many batsmen have felt that modern helmet designs have become increasingly obstructive. Most notably, England captain Alastair Cook for a time refused to wear a new helmet complying with ICC safety regulations since he felt it was distracting and uncomfortable.[17] His England teammate Jonathan Trott also refused for similar reasons, and teammate Nick Compton (a close friend of Phillip Hughes) felt that the new regulations were overzealous.[18]

Cricket helmet manufacturers

There are a number of cricket helmet manufacturers and brands available. Some of them are Gunn & Moore, Sanspareils Greenlands, and Sareen Sports Industries.

Many professional cricket players choose to wear the Masuri cricket helmet with the brand being worn by approximately 70% of players competing in the 2019 Cricket World Cup.[citation needed] Masuri are also the original inventors of the first neck protector[citation needed], an additional piece of protective equipment that attaches to the back of the cricket helmet, when they launched their Stem Guard in 2015.

See also


  1. ^ Briggs, Simon. "Amiss unearths helmet that changed the game". Retrieved 15 January 2013.
  2. ^ "The bravery of the batsman". The Economist. 26 November 2014. Retrieved 26 November 2014. until the late 1970s helmets were unheard of; batsmen wore nothing to protect their noggins except a cloth cap. When they began to creep into the game—Dennis Amiss, an English batsman, is usually cited as the first to wear one regularly during the 1978 World Series Cricket tournament—they were essentially adapted motorcycle helmets. Batsmen who donned them were sometimes mocked as cowards.
  3. ^ "England opener Michael Carberry's space-age helmet turns heads". The Daily Telegraph (Sydney). News Corp Australia. 22 November 2013. Retrieved 8 December 2013.
  4. ^ Ranson, Craig; Peirce, Nicholas; Young, Mark (2013-07-01). "Batting head injury in professional cricket: a systematic video analysis of helmet safety characteristics". British Journal of Sports Medicine. 47 (10): 644–648. doi:10.1136/bjsports-2012-091898. ISSN 0306-3674. PMID 23418269.
  5. ^ "ICC announces new regulations for helmet safety". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2017-04-20.
  6. ^ "ICC Announces New Rules: Soft Signal Scrapped, Wearing Helmets Mandatory for Certain Positions". News18.
  7. ^ "ECB confirms professional cricketers must wear helmets". Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  8. ^ "Helmets must be worn by professional cricketers in England next season". The Guardian. 27 November 2015. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  9. ^ "Helmet use to be made mandatory in first-class cricket in England". 26 November 2015. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  10. ^ "New Zealand Cricket to bring in new safety measures, but helmets set to stay optional". 23 May 2016. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  11. ^ "CRICKET WELLINGTON - New Zealand Cricket's Helmet Policy". 17 November 2016. Archived from the original on 11 March 2018. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  12. ^ "Cricket is a game but life isn't: BCCI must learn from the past to make helmets compulsory at all levels". 22 January 2016. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  13. ^ Cricket Australia (2016). "14: State Clothing and Equipment Regulations". Playing Handbook 2016-2017. p. 304. Players representing Australia must wear a helmet at all times when: (a) batting against fast or medium faced bowling; (b) wicket-keeping up to the stumps; and (c) fielding in a position closer than seven metres from the batter's position on the popping crease on a middle stump line (such as short leg or silly point), with the exception of any fielding position behind square of the wicket on the off side.
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Red Bull. Archived from the original on 2017-12-06. Retrieved 2017-12-06.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  15. ^ Linden, Julian (28 November 2014). "Cricket-Batsman's death turns attention on helmets". Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  16. ^ "Gavaskar didn't wear helmets because of reading habit". India Today. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  17. ^ Selvey, Mike (15 April 2016). "Alastair Cook treads a fine line with his batting helmet stubbornness - Mike Selvey". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  18. ^ Hoult, Nick (18 April 2016). "Jonathan Trott joins Alastair Cook in rejecting new safety approved helmet". Retrieved 13 August 2018.