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Nick Compton criticises ECB's helmet policy

Nick Compton criticises ECB's helmet policy
Nick Compton has come in support of Alastair Cook on the usage of the old traditional helmets.
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England batsman Nick Compton has voiced his displeasure with the stance adopted by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) over the rules pertaining to helmets.

Last year, ECB passed a new safety regulation and made it a must for players to wear the new design helmets which have a smaller gap between the peak and the grille of the helmet.

On Friday, the ECB had a word with England Test captain Alastair Cook after he wore the old style helmet in the County Championship game against Gloucestershire.

The rules for the helmets were revised after the tragic passing away of Phillip Hughes and the injuries to Stuart Broad and Craig Kieswetter.

Compton, who was a close friend of Hughes said that too many rules and regulations take away the freedom from the game of cricket.

“For me there are so many rules and regulations now,” Compton was quoted as saying by The Telegraph.

“Health and safety and all these regulations - they do my head in.

“You look at the Phil Hughes incident.

“It was well publicised that he was one of my best friends and I’m always thinking of him, but what happened was a freak accident.

“Those helmets have been used by thousands of players in the past and have done very well.

“All these new regulations take away the freedom that sport is associated with.

“The whole point of sport for me growing up was freedom, and being away from rules and conforming.

“Sport should be about going out there and expressing yourself, but it seems that everything around you is everything but.

“It’s so conforming and restricting and I just hope that we don’t take away from natural game.”

Essex all-rounder Ravi Bopara also was critical of the rule but focused his comments on the design of the new helmets, which he feels is quite restrictive for the players.

The new helmets, apart from having the smaller gap which prevents the ball from going through the grille, do not have the option of adjusting the visor.

Bopara said that it was quite difficult for players to change the helmets after being accustomed to the older design, especially when the new design can hamper the vision of the player.

“I understand where Cookie’s coming from.

“Because of the safety aspect, with everything that has happened… we are told we have to wear the helmets that meet the standard guidelines.

“But it is difficult for players to change helmets like that, because you (get) so used to wearing a certain helmet which you’re comfortable with - and you have your visor as wide as you want it.

“But the problem with the new helmets is you can’t move the visors - you’ve just got to look at the hole that’s there.

“Sometimes, that bar that goes across can get in the way.”

According to a report in The Times, if Cook continues to wear the old style helmet in the County Championships, he is likely to face a disciplinary committee.

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