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After Ashok Dinda mishap in T20 game, Ravichandran Ashwin and Jaydev Unadkat call for face masks for bowlers

After Bengal fast bowler Ashok Dinda needed immediate medical help during a T20 game after a ball hit his forehead, Indian bowlers have initiated for the introduction of face masks for the bowlers.

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After Bengal fast bowler Ashok Dinda needed immediate medical help during a T20 game after a ball hit his forehead, Indian bowlers have initiated for the introduction of face masks for the bowlers.

In an incident that happened at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, the ball was smashed hard straight at Dinda by batsman Birender Vivek Singh. The 34-year-old bowler tried to catch the ball but it slipped from his hand and hit his forehead causing serious injuries which needed immediate medical help.

Saurashtra captain Jaydev Unadkat, on Twitter said that such incidents can be evaded. He wrote, "About time that a “face-mask” for bowlers makes its way into all that has evolved in cricket. It’s scary how this kind of incidents have become frequent in our game!"

India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin who had suggested the use of face mask long back also wrote saying, "Been saying it since 2011, these kinds of incidences never used to happen in the pre T20 Era. Something has surely changed, wonder what it is."

Earlier in 2016, umpire Bruce Oxenford had started using a shield in international matches in order to protect himself from the speeding ball.

Even batsmen have started using neck guards after the untimely demise of Phillip Hughes on the cricket field after he was hit on the back of his neck by a speeding cricket ball.

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