Pringle: Don't scrap bouncers

2014-12-09 13:02
Meyrick Pringle (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - In the wake of Phillip Hughes's death, former South Africa fast bowler Meyrick Pringle says bouncers should not be banned in cricket.

Australian Hughes, 25, died late last month after he was knocked unconscious by a bouncer while batting in a domestic game at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

It led to calls for the ICC to consider banning bouncers altogether in cricket.

Pringle, who was once also felled by a fierce bouncer from India's Javagal Srinath, disagrees with that notion.

He told the ABP Live website: "Bouncers should never be scrapped. If that happens then it will take away the zip from Test cricket. Instead, the helmet manufacturers should take a look at their products. Objective should be to protect the back of the head.

“I think something should be done to the back of helmets. Many a time, a batsman turns away from getting hit on the face only to expose the back of his head which is not protected by the helmet. The ICC should take strict measures to ensure that the players too wear proper helmets.”

Pringle, 48, played four Tests and 17 ODIs for South Africa in the 1990s.

He also played 119 first class matches, representing Eastern Province, Free State,Western Province and Sussex. It included 429 first class wickets at an average of 25.35.

CLICK HERE to read the full interview with Pringle on the ABP Live website.

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