Umpire Bruce Oxenford wears an armguard to protect himself from the bal
In 2014, an umpire died after being struck on the head by a ball in Israel – prompting Oxenford into action.
Wary of safety in his role standing in the middle, the Aussie set to work on designing a device to protect him and his colleagues.
Whereby batsmen have pads, gloves, helmets, thigh pads, chest pads and armguards, umpires are sitting ducks – but that would all change.
Oxenford designed the devise to wear on his left arm in the shape of a lollipop.
He first wore it in 2015 during a World T20 warm-up match before rolling it out in the IPL in 2015.
Bruce Oxenford designed the armguard himself
Umpire Bruce Oxenford wears an armguard
The device that fits the arm is black while the protective shield is see-through.
It is made from polycarbonate, weighs one kilogram is six millimetres thick.
Oxenford has continued to wear it since but the contraption hasn’t caught on. While it’s popular with Oxenford, the man who invented it, none of his colleagues have followed suit.
Fellow Aussie John Ward has sought protection while umpiring – but instead went for a conventional helmet last year.
In doing so, he became the first umpire to wear a helmet in an international match.
If the ball strikes the shield and is caught, the batsman would be given out.