Helmets/ Head Protectors

Effective 1 January 2017, the ICC incorporated into the ICC Clothing and Equipment Regulations a regulation that stipulates if any player when batting elects to wear a helmet, in international cricket, that it must be compliant with the new British Standard (BSi) - BS7928:2013. Effective 1 January 2017, the ICC incorporated into the ICC Clothing and Equipment Regulations a regulation that stipulates if any player when batting elects to wear a helmet, in international cricket, that it must be compliant with the new British Standard (BSi) - BS7928:2013. 

Key features of the new specification, BS7928:2013

  • It now includes a facial contact projectile test that assesses for penetration of the ball through the faceguard, and contact of the faceguard onto the face, using realistic ball impact speeds and conditions.

  • Head protectors have been tested separately against men’s and junior sized cricket balls (a five-and-a-half ounce ball and a four-and-three-quarter ounce ball, respectively). 

Purchasing a helmet

When purchasing a new helmet, it is important to look at the label. Head protectors that have been tested against and comply with the new specification will be clearly labelled “BS7928:2013” and will contain clear labelling setting out whether the head protector has been tested against 

(i) a men’s standard ball size of 5 ½ ounces, 
(ii) a junior standard ball size of 4 ¾ ounces, or 
(iii) both men’s and junior size balls.

The list of known helmets that met the BSi (BS7928:13), as of 28 September 2018, is below.

About the List

The list distinguishes between helmets which are approved for use in senior (men’s) and junior cricket, and also includes some helmets which have been approved for use at both levels. 

There is neither a pre-existing specific women’s helmet nor is there any BSi specification.However, as the size of the standard women’s cricket ball is between the standard men’s and junior’s balls, it is recommended that women use helmets which have been tested against both the men’s and junior sized ball or at least against the junior size ball (because the smaller ball could potentially get through the gap above the faceguard on a men’s helmet).


ICC Clothing and Equipment Regulations

British Standard (BS7928:2013) Compliant Helmets as of 28 September 2018

ManufacturerModelTested against
Men’s ballsJunior balls
Ayrtek  Premier Tek with Steel faceguardx 
Premier Tek with Steel faceguard youth x
DukesLegend Seniorx 
Legend Junior x
GanadorPro Smallx 
Pro Mediumx 
Pro Largex 
Gray-Nicolls Atomic Helmetxx
Test Opener Helmetxx
Playerxx
Junior Elitexx
Gunn & MooreIcon Geo Senior Largex 
Icon Geo Seniorxx
Icon Geo Senior Smallxx
Icon Geo Junior x
Purist Geo Senior Largex 
Purist Geo Seniorxx
Purist Geo Junior x
Purist Geo Junior Small x
Purist Geo II Senior Largex 
Purist Geo II Seniorxx
Purist Geo II Junior x
Purist Geo II Junior Small x
Zona Geo Senior Largex 
Zona Geo Seniorxx
Zona Geo Senior Smallxx
Zona Geo Junior x
Incredible Cricket CompanyXero Seniorx 
Xero Juniorxx
KookaburraPro 400 Seniorx 
Pro 400 Junior x
Pro 400 Mini x
Pro 600 X Small/ Smallxx
Pro 600 Mediumxx
Pro 600 Large/ X Largexx
Viper Seniorx 
Viper Junior  x
Pro 800 Senior x 
Pro 800 Junior x
Pro 1200 X Small/ Smallxx
Pro 1200 Mediumxx
Pro 1200 Large/ X Largexx
Pro 1500 X Small/ Smallxx
Pro 1500 Mediumxx
Pro 1500 Large/ X Largexx
MasuriLegacy Series Seniorx 
Legacy Series Junior x
Vison Series Elite Titanium Seniorxx
Vision Series Elite Titanium Junior x
Vision Series Elite Steel Seniorxx
Vision Series Elite Steel Junior x
Vision Series Test Titanium Seniorxx
Vision Series Test Titanium Junior x
Vision Series Test Steel Seniorxx
Vision Series Test Steel Junior x
Vision Series Club Senior x 
Vision Series Club Boys x
Vision Series Club Youths  x
Buffalo SportsMatrix Cricket Helmet - Juniorxx
Matrix Cricket Helmet - Seniorx 
MRP SportsMAXED inferno seniorx 
MAXED inferno juniorxx
ProtechForma Pro SRS Mild Steel Juniorxx
Forma Pro SRS Mild Steel Youthxx
Forma Pro SRS Mild Steel Small/Mediumxx
Forma Pro SRS Mild Steel Large/XLxx
Forma Pro SRS Stainless Steel Juniorx 
Forma Pro SRS Stainless Steel Youthx 
Forma Pro SRS Stainless Steel Small/Mediumx 
Forma Pro SRS Stainless Steel Large/XLx 
Forma Pro SRS Titanium Juniorx 
Forma Pro SRS Titanium Youthx 
Forma Pro SRS Titanium Small/Mediumx 
Forma Pro SRS Titanium Large/XLx 
Forma Pro AXIS Mild Steel Faceguard– Smallxx
Forma Pro AXIS Mild Steel Faceguard– Mediumxx
Forma Pro AXIS Mild Steel Faceguard– Large/XLxx
Forma Pro AXIS Titanium Faceguard– Smallxx
Forma Pro AXIS Titanium Faceguard– Mediumxx
Forma Pro AXIS Titanium Faceguard– Large/XLxx
RAMProtec Juniorxx
Protec Seniorx 
ReaderSovereign Senior x 
Sovereign Junior x
Sovereign Mini x
Shrey Master Class AIR Titaniumx 
MasterClass Air X Titanium x
Pro Guard AIR Titaniumx 
Pro Guard X Air Titanium x
Master Class Stainless Steelx 
Pro Guard Stainless Steelx 
Armor Senior Steelxx
Armor Youth Steelxx
Performance Senior Steelxx
Performance Youth Steelxx
Stanford Cricket IndustriesPlatinum Seniorx 
Platinum Junior x
Triumph Seniorx 
Triumph Junior x
SlazengerInternational (Senior)x 
International (Junior) x
YonkerProtech seniorx 
Protech juniorxx
Matrix seniorx 
Matrix juniorxx


Note to manufacturers: When a new helmet meets the BSi (BS7928:2013) and is certified to be in conformity with Council Directive 89/686/EEC and associated amendments relating to personal protective equipment, manufacturers are asked to provide documentary evidence of this compliance to clive.hitchcock@icc-cricket.com and Derick.Dsouza@icc-cricket.com so that the helmet can be added to the list.

British Standard (BS7928:2013) Compliant Helmets as of 8 May 2018