Pakistan cricketer dies after injury from bouncer

Allan Goodman
August 18, 2017

Zubair Ahmed, a club cricketer from Pakistan, died after being struck by a bouncer on the head during a club match in Mardan district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province on Monday (August 14).

A tweet from the Pakistan Cricket Board seemed to indicate that Zubair may have been batting without a helmet.

Media reports that the first class cricketer was part of the Fakhar Zaman Academy and had played four List A matches and represented the team Quetta bears in T20 format. "Our sympathies with Zubair's family", the PCB tweeted.

Former Australian cricketer and Islamabad United coach Dean Jones also expressed sadness at the incident.

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"It's so sad to hear".

On Tuesday, Australia vice-captain David Warner was also struck on the neck by a bouncer bowled by teammate Josh Hazelwood during an intra-squad practice match.

Peshawar Zalmi pledged support to the family of cricketer Zubair, who died in Multan after being hit by ball.

Hughes' helmet came under the scanner following his death, though the New South Wales (NSW) Coroner's Court said the batsman's injuries could not have been avoided by wearing different protective equipment. Warner was declared fit and available for the Bangladesh tour upon further examination but was asked to sit out the ongoing match.

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