The International Cricket Council (ICC) will be issuing helmets for all umpires in the upcoming World T20 in India starting from March 8 as part of increasing the safety of officials in the sport.The initiative comes in the aftermath of two umpires being hospitalised in the past two months for on-field injuries.In December, Australian John Ward was hospitalised after being hit on the head during a Ranji Trophy match in India, while English umpire Richard Kettleborough received a heavy blow to the shin while officiating in an One-Day International (ODI) between Australia and India in Canberra on January 20.Australian umpire Gerard Abood decided to wear a helmet as protection in the Big Bash League recently which was keenly watched by his peers. Ward then wore a helmet in an ODI.”In the last three or four years, the fitness and the strength of the players has increased dramatically, and the bats are so much better than ever before, so the guys are hitting the ball a lot harder,” Kettleborough was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au on Friday.”We’ve seen some umpires being hit in recent times and it’s becoming quite dangerous, certainly in T20 and one-day cricket especially.”Kettleborough adcded, “I know for the T20 World Cup we’re all going to be issued helmets. We’re not obliged to wear them, it’s totally up to us, but it’s certainly something I’ll be taking on board and thinking about.”Kettleborough believes the bowlers and non-strikers are also in the firing line constantly and it is only a matter of time before someone gets hit badly.advertisement”Our safety, as with the players, is paramount. The non-strikers are in danger too, as is the bowler in his follow-through, there’s no doubt about that. It’s only a matter of time before someone gets hit quite badly,” he said.
in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination 24 days ago 401 Views The Best Markets for First-Time Buyers First-time home buyers are flooding the market, with WalletHub reporting 39% of single-family home purchases in 2018 were made by people buying their first home. WalletHub released its latest list of the best and worst cities for first-time buyers, with Tampa Bay, Florida, being named the best market for first-time buyers. While Tampa Bay comes in around the middle of the pack at No. 147 in affordability, it has a “real estate market” rank of No. 2 and came in at No. 13 for quality of life. Tampa Bay also came in as the best large city for first-time buyers. The next highest Florida metro to make the list was Orlando, which came in at No. 18. Overland Park, Kansas, came in at No. 2, and was followed by Thornton, Colorado; Grand Rapids, Michigan; and Boise, Idaho, to round out the top-five. A trio of markets in Ohio—Akron, Toledo, and Cleveland—were named the most affordable markets. California claimed all five of the least affordable markets with San Mateo, Sunnyvale, Glendale, Santa Barbara, and Berkeley. Berkeley was named the worst market for first-time buyers, as it also had one of the worst real estate markets and quality of life rankings. Santa Clara, California, came in at No. 1 for highest cost of living. Laredo, Texas, was reported to having the lowest cost of living, and was followed by Flint, Michigan. Affordability issues are not-uncommon for the West Coast, as a recent report by Realty Hop found Los Angeles, California, to be the least affordable metro in the nation, as it requires 91.4% of the homebuyers income to afford a home. Miami, Florida, was a close second at 87.8%, and was followed by New York, New York (85.3%), San Francisco, California (73.8%), and Oakland, California (68.1%). Los Angeles saw a 1.44% increase in its homeownership burden, and home prices jumped to an average of $899,000. Los Angeles is also home to the fifth-highest estimated mortgage payment of $4,151. 2019 Housing Market FIrst time 2019-07-09 Mike Albanese Share