Young cricketer hit by ball during match, dies

In a shocking incident, an under-19 cricketer died after being hit by the cricket ball during a match in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Thursday.

An official said that 18-year-old Jahangeer Ahmad War, a resident of GoshbughPattan, was hit by the ball in his neck during a match at the sports stadium in Nanil village.

He was shifted to PHC Mattan where doctors declared him dead on arrival.  “The cricketer was hit near throat while trying to execute a pull shot,” District officer Youth service and sports Noor Muhamad told Greater Kashmir.

War was the student of 11th standard of Government Higher Secondary Goshbugh, Pattan in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district.

The under-19 and under-17 cricket tournaments which were simultaneously inaugurated at cricket ground Bijbehara on Wednesday are being organized by the Youth Services and Sports Department in the district.

The incident occurred during the league match being played between BudgamandBaramulla districts.

Director General Youth Services and Sports DrSaleem U Rehman while terming the incident highly unfortunate said, “The batsman suffered injuries and fell unconscious after the ball hit him between his neck and head despite being equipped with all protective gears including helmet”

He said it was sheer bad luck that the ball hit the deceased on that small portion which gets exposed once a batsman turns for a hook or pull.