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Pakistan Cricketer Zubair Ahmed Dies After Being Hit by Bouncer

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: August 16, 2017, 2:41 PM IST
Pakistan Cricketer Zubair Ahmed Dies After Being Hit by Bouncer

Zubair Ahmed. (Photo Credit: PCB/Twitter)

Pakistan cricketer Zubair Ahmed has died after being hit by a bouncer on the head during a match in Mardan. Zubair had played four games for Quetta Bears. The Pakistan Cricket Board took to social media to inform people of the sad demise and remind players the need to wear a helmet at all times at the batting crease.

The message on PCB’s Twitter account read: “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.”

A focus on player safety has been heightened since the tragic death of Australian batsman Phillip Hughes.

Hughes, who played 26 Tests, died from bleeding on the brain in November 2014 after being hit on the base of the skull by a rising ball at the Sydney Cricket Ground during a domestic match.

Australian vice-captain David Warner retired hurt when he was struck in the neck by a bouncer from Josh Hazlewood during a warm-up match. The opener was hit by a Hazelwood delivery in a chilling blow on Tuesday and Warner dropped to his knees and let go of his bat, with captain Steve Smith rushing from slips to check on his deputy.

Appearing shaken, Warner removed his helmet and immediately walked off the field leaving his bat behind.

Cricket Australia's news site said the fiery left-hander had passed a concussion test and would be available for the tour of Bangladesh, but would sit out the rest of the intra-squad match in Darwin, Australia's Northern Territory.

"It's good that Davey's fine," Aussie pacemen Pat Cummins said after close of play on Tuesday. "He's a little bit stiff and sore, but just speaking to him then, he's all fine."
First Published: August 16, 2017, 2:41 PM IST

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