The Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) is in dire financial straits in finding money to purchase new helmets for its players which will ensure compliance with the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) new helmet regulations.
The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) is set to introduce the changes to next season’s regional competition; however, regional boards including the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) are scrambling to find funds to purchase the equipment for players.
The ICC new regulations came into effect earlier this week. It requires all international players to wear the new British standard helmets to prevent a reoccurrence of the Phil Hughes death.
However, while the ICC changes are at the international level, the WICB reportedly would like to see this done regionally.
In commenting on the new requirements, JCA O’Neil Cruickshank has expressed concerns about the financial strain such an implementation would put on local boards.
“It’s an expensive sport and the issue is how are we going to enforce it if people can’t afford it? At the JCA we’ll have to wait to see what the West Indies Cricket Board put down on us in terms of that regulation,” Cruickshank reportedly told the press.
Carol Maye, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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