The International Cricket Council (ICC) has recently agreed that the British standard BS 7928:2013 Specification for head protectors for cricketers should be adopted by all of its members as the de facto international standard for cricket helmets. The ICC worked with BSI to update the standard, which meets the highest safety standards for protective headgear for cricket.
Manufacturers of cricket helmets in Australia have indicated their support for this move by the ICC. Cricket Australia has now requested Standards Australia to withdraw the joint Australia/New Zealand series of standards for cricket helmets in favour of the safer British standard. The series includes:
- AS/NZS 4499.1.1997 Protective headgear for cricket – Helmets
- AS/NZS 4499.2.1997 – Protective headgear for cricket – Temple protectors
- AS/NZS 4499.3.1997 – Protective headgear for cricket – Faceguards
Standards Australia has notified us of its intention to withdraw the AS/NZS 4499 series. We are now advising of Standard Australia’s intention and are seeking feedback from stakeholders on withdrawing this standard in New Zealand as well.