How to Wear a Cricket Guard

Like many sports, cricket is played with equipment such as sticks and balls that can come into contact with a player's body. One vulnerable area on males is, of course, the genital area. Aside from the sheer pain experienced when you get hit there with a hard cricket ball, hits to the groin area can cause damage to the testicles leading to issues with urination, sexual activity and fertility. That's why a cricket guard, also known as a "box" or "cup," is an important piece of sports equipment that needs to be worn correctly.

Cricket player at bat, New York City
Male cricket players need the added protection of a strategically placed guard. (Image: Creatas Images/Creatas/Getty Images)

Step 1

Remove your pants and underwear. Note that you can put the guard over or under your underwear based on personal preference.

Step 2

Pull up the cricket guard so that the hard cup-like section is facing forward and centered over your genitals. Adjust yourself so that all parts of your genitals are securely inside the cup.

Step 3

Adjust the straps on each side using the adjustable clip. Note that some guards may only have an adjustable clip on one side.

Step 4

Pull your underwear snugly over the guard. Walk around a few minutes and adjust the position of the guard and straps as needed.

Step 5

Put on your cricket shorts and check again to ensure the guard is comfortable.

Things You'll Need

  • Cricket guard

  • Briefs or boxer briefs


Do not play sports without wearing a guard.

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