Israeli cricket umpire dies after being hit by ball

Israeli cricket umpire dies after being hit by ball

Hillel Oscar. Picture: Israeli Cricket Association

An Israeli cricket umpire has died after being hit by a ball during a league match in the city of Ashdod, the Israel Cricket Association has announced.

Former national team captain Hillel Oscar was officiating in the game between Young Ashdod and Super Lions Lod when he was struck below the jaw by a ball hit by a batsman.

The incident comes just two days after the death of Australia Test player Phillip Hughes, who also suffered fatal injuries after being hit by a bouncer bowled during a Sheffield Shield match.

In a statement on Facebook, Israel Cricket Association said: “Today, another cricketing tragedy has taken the life of our very own Hillel Oscar, the former Israeli cricket captain.

“All of the Israel cricket family is in deep mourning at his passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with Hillel’s family.”

ICA chief executive Naor Gudker added: “The entire Israel Cricket Association and players bow their heads in his memory. He was a wonderful man, cricketer, and umpire.”

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