Do you know : What is that shield umpire is wearing to his hand

Umpire shield :  The 22 yards of the pitch have turned dangerous turf. Batsmen are running for covers these days, acquiring new helmets that protect the nape of the neck if a bouncer evades a hook or pull. While they don’t want to be caught short, umpires are thinking straighter. Batsmen pack such power, there is no time to evade shots that rocket into them. Yet another innovation for umpires safety in a cricket match. In today’s match Australian umpire Bruce Oxenford was seen walking on the field with a hand shield.

Umpire Oxenford came out wearing an ‘Avenger’ style shield on his left arm. The transparent shield, made of clear Perspex, is a safety equipment that is strapped on the ‘non-signalling’ hand of the umpire. It helps in blocking or parrying shots hit straight at the umpire.

Well if you are watching a fast track game from a mere distance of 22 yards it is important to protect yourself from the power-hitting.Aussie umpire John Ward wore the helmet in an India ODI in Canberra in January, a Barinder Sran hit having felled him earlier in a Ranji tie in Dindigul, Tamil Nadu.

Now, his compatriot Bruce Oxenford is performing the gladiator act, wearing a PERSPEX ELBOW SHIELD while officiating in the IPL – protection against a Gayle or McCullum thunderbolt. Maybe it’s time to pull out the shin guard too. This is not the first time umpires have used safety gears in matches earlier Australian umpire Gerard Abood did wear a helmet while umpiring during a Big Bash League (BBL) T20 game in the match against Melbourne Renegades and the Perth Scorchers at the Etihad Stadium. This is not the first time the arm guard is being used by Bruce Oxenford, he came up with this guard in ICC World T20 warm-up game between Australia and West Indies.It is one of the latest trial in the field of umpire safety in cricket matches.

Umpire shield

Umpire Oxenford came out wearing an ‘Avenger’ style shield on his left arm. The transparent shield, made of clear Perspex, is a safety equipment that is strapped on the ‘non-signalling’ hand of the umpire. It helps in blocking or parrying shots hit straight at the umpire.

At the moment, this isn’t standard equipment for umpires; only Bruce Oxenford is using it at the moment. As such, this is a personal piece of equipment that Oxenford is using and as such it doesn’t have a formal name, but yes, it’s obviously for the umpire to use as protection from the ball.

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