Afridi in discussion after wearing dangerous-looking helmet in PSL
Pakistan Super League (PSL), which was closed due to coronavirus, has resumed after a long break. Yesterday (Saturday), two play-off games were played on the field.
But there created a new controversy in the opening match of the day between Multan Sultans and Karachi Kings. In this match, Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi used a newly designed helmet which looked dangerous and could cause serious injury.
All-rounder Afridi represented Multan in this match. He could not get much runs. The 40-year old cricketer was dismissed for 12 off 12 balls. Although he did not get much runs, Afridi came to the discussion for the helmet worn on his head.
Usually the front of the helmet (on the face) has a grille, this helmet did not have a bar at the top. Understandably, the helmet had been made in a completely new design. After Afridi came on the field, the matter came to the notice of the commentators. Then the picture of that helmet quickly spread through social media. Which has given rise to quite a discussion.
Sky Sports assistant producer Tanzil Khwaja expressed concern over Afridi’s safety and wrote on Twitter, “Is it me or is Afridi’s helmet grille really dangerous? Seems to be very open around the eyes and mouth area.”
Explaining why Afridi was wearing such a helmet, Jonty Rhodes said, “I played a couple of months ago and I had an issue with the top bar of the grille. I understand where he’s at, I couldn’t see through it either. So I did get mine ground down by from a safety point of view, I was facing blokes like this.”