Lighting, terrorists as big a risk for cricketers as ball

PLAYERS are at as much risk of being struck by lightning or killed by terrorists as they are of being critically injured by a cricket ball.

Those were the findings of a report commissioned by the Federation of International Cricketers Associations in the wake of the tragic death of Australian batsman Phil Hughes last summer.

Risk areas were rated, with on-field ball impact, lightning strike and tour and event security rated as 'critical'.

Hughes died two days after being struck on the top of the neck by a ball during a domestic match in Sydney in November last year.

Former England wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter, who broke his nose and damaged his eye socket and cheekbone while batting last July, announced his retirement this month, while former South African keeper Mark Boucher retired in 2012 after sustaining an eye injury.

The report recommended more research into new helmet designs. Sun-related heat conditions was rated as high, as was the risk of on-field injury such as the broken jaw suffered by Australian all-rounder Moises Henriques last weekend after colliding with his Surrey teammate in a T20 game against Sussex.