Pakistani cricketer dies after being struck on the head with a bouncer
A Pakistani cricketer, Zubair Ahmed, died after being struck by a bouncer on his head during a match.According to reports, Zubair was playing a club match on August 14 when he was hit on the head by a rising delivery. Pakistan Cricket Board took to Twitter to share the tragic news.”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,” PCB tweeted.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 pic.twitter.com/ZNmWDYaT5w- PCB Official (@TheRealPCB) August 16, 2017The tragedy brings back memories of Australian cricketer Phil Hughes who was hit on the back of the neck by a rising delivery when playing for South Australia in a domestic match at the Sydney Cricket Ground on November 25, 2014. He died two days later in a Sydney hospital.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.In May, Cricket Australia made it compulsory for players to wear helmets when facing fast and medium-paced bowling in line with recommendations from a review into the death of Hughes.Batsmen these days wear specially designed helmet which has a neck protection.The International Cricket Council (ICC) has introduced new regulations for helmet safety during international matches.However, the new regulation does not make it compulsory to wear a helmet when batting, but when a batsman elects to wear a helmet it must be compliant with its strict safety regulations.advertisementAn official warning will be issued after each of the first two matches in which a non-compliant helmet is worn, and if there is a third breach of the regulations the player will be suspended for a match.