In an unfortunate news, Zubair Ahmed, a Pakistani batsman, died after copping a blow by a bouncer during a game in Mardan. According to media reports, the player received the deadly blow in the head on Monday (August 14). The deceased had played four matches for the ListA and T20 team Quetta Bears.
The news was confirmed by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) via their Twitter account. Emphasising the need of wearing helmets during batting, PCB tweeted: “Tragic death of Zubair Ahmed is another reminder that safety gear i.e. helmet must be worn at all times. Our sympathies with Zubair’s family.”
Tragic death of Zubair Ahmed is another reminder that safety gear i.e. helmet must be worn at all times. Our sympathies with Zubair's family pic.twitter.com/ZNmWDYaT5w
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) August 16, 2017
The heartbreaking news has brought back the memories of former Australian batsman Phillip Hughes who too succumbed to a bouncer from his teammate Sean Abbott during a Sheffield Shield match in 2014. After Hughes’ death, Australia’s cricket board made it compulsory for players to wear helmets when facing fast and medium-paced bowling. Wicketkeepers and players fielding close to the wicket were also instructed to wear helmets in first class matches.
Recently, Australia opener David Warner also received a nasty injury to the side of his neck after being hit by a bouncer from his teammate Josh Hazlewood during an intra-squad practise game.