Warren Barnes – the first ever bowler to wear a helmet during bowling came into strong support to enact laws making wearing helmet compulsory for bowlers during delivery. The Otago Volts first bowler whisker the proposition after Andre Ellis received a nasty blow in head, the ball that eventually flew for a six.
Quoted by Observerbd.com, Barnes said, “The face mask was originally there to stop me from getting hit, as my follow through kept my eyes off the ball more than other bowlers. But as we have seen in a few cases around the world any bowler has the chance to get hit.”
He adds, “I do hope more and more bowlers look into some sort of face protection especially around the T20 game. As batters are hitting the ball harder and harder every year, it only makes sense to protect the bowlers, as in most cases they are the closest person the batter when it gets hit.”
“The game is already made some big changes around protecting batters and even umpires from getting hit in certain places, so I think it’s just a matter of time before we see laws brought in to protect bowlers”, Barnes concluded.
In last December, Barnes stole the limelight when he wore a helmet/protective headgear during bowling in a domestic match of New Zealand at the Seddon Park.
Barnes’ headgear is a combination of a helmet and a mask, which covers his forehead and crown.