Phillip Hughes’ serious head injury has raised questions about the safety of players and the quality of the instruments they use.
The Australian cricketer is currently in a critical condition at St Vincent’s hospital after he stuck on the head by a short ball bowled by New South Wales pace bowler, Sean Abbott, and collapsed at the wicket immediately. All the shield matches for the current round have been abandoned by Cricket Australia after the incident.
The injury has raised questions about the quality of the instrument players use. Hughes’ helmet manufacturer Masuri stated that the helmet he was wearing was an old version and not the latest one. Questions are being asked as to whether the latest version would have prevented the injury. Ahnaf Hossain, who plays for the Bankstown local team, the Sydney Bengal Tigers, believes even the latest one would not have helped Hughes.
“I don’t think it would make such [sic] difference,” he told The Newsroom.
“The latest one is big in the front and they don’t make it big enough at the back to cover your full head. So even if you wear the latest one it will not cover your full head.”
The ball hit Hughes on the left hand side of his head under the helmet, behind his ear. He had to undergo surgery last night to relieve pressure on his brain. The outcome of the surgery is expected to be revealed by Thursday at the latest.
Meanwhile Masuri are seeking more video footage to further investigate the incident. – Md Zahin