The game of cricket was struck by another tragedy when Pakistani batsman Zubair Ahmed died recently after being hit on his head by a bouncer during a match in Mardan. The incident took place on August 14, Pakistan’s Independence Day. Zubair had played 4 List A matches and represented the T20 team Quetta Bears.
On Wednesday, The news was confirmed by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) via a tweet. “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,” read the tweet.
This tragic news comes close on the heels of an incident that occurred at the Sydney Cricket Ground, where David Warner of Australia was struck on his neck by a bouncer from Josh Hazlewood during an intra-squad practice match.
A focus on player safety has been heightened since the tragic death of Phillip Hughes, Australian batsman.
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.