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Harper has Twenty20 vision to protect umpires

Updated: May 12, 2009, 2:42 AM ET
Reuters

CHENNAI, India, May 12 - Increasingly ferocious hits in the fast-paced Twenty20 game is forcing umpires to consider using baseball helmets for protection.

"I guess it's only a matter of time before you see us using those," Australian umpire Daryl Harper told the Times of India newspaper on Tuesday.

"The bats are getting heavier, the shots are hit with more ferocity... I can bet umpires have to be very careful," he said, suggesting a baseball helmet with a full face cover would act ...

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