Bangla teenager dies after being struck by cricket ball

Wednesday 11th October 2017 06:50 EDT

A Bangladeshi teenager died after he was struck by a ball while umpiring a cricket match, police said. Rafiqul Islam, 17, was declared dead at Dhaka Medical College Hospital after being rushed there in critical condition following the incident at Balur Math ground in Bangladesh's capital. "A group of youths were playing cricket in the field and the boy was the umpire. He collapsed on the field after a ball hit him in the chest," local police chief Enamul Haque said. His parents who were poor buried him later.

The incident comes three years after the tragic death of Australian batsman Phillip Hughes in similar circumstances. 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 ball during a domestic match in Sydney. His death stunned Australia and the world cricket community, sparking an outpouring of grief and intensifying a focus on player safety.

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