Former England team captain Michael Vaughan has rubbished the suggestion of banning bouncers for under-18 players. He said that if the young batsmen have to face short pitch balls directly in men’s cricket then it can prove dangerous for them. In the recent past, many young batsmen have been hit on the head, due to which they have also been seen in a lot of trouble. Australia’s rising batsman Will Pukowski has suffered concussion 9 times so far.
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Recently, Concussion Specialist Michael Turner appealed to ban the use of bouncers in the under-18 age group. Turner is the media director of the Interpersonal Concussion and Head Injury Research Foundation. Former cricketer Michael Vaughan, while interacting with The Telegraph, said, ‘This is nonsense suggestion. It will be risky if youngsters face short balls for the first time while playing at senior level. He said that if bouncers are to be banned at the junior level, then the senior level will also have to be imposed.
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Michael Vaughan continued, ‘Young batsmen at the nets are taught to face short balls. If it is to be banned, then it has to be imposed at senior level also. In November 2014, a debate started over the safety of players following the death of young Australian batsman Phillip Hughes on a bouncer by Sean Abbott in a home match. In the series played between India and Australia, many players were hit on the ball head.