A teenage cricketer in Dhaka was allegedly killed by a stump-wielding batsman after he taunted the umpire over a no-ball delivery, police said on Thursday.
According to local police chief Bhuiyan Mahboob Hasan, Babul Shikdar, 16, was wicketkeeping during a neighbourhood match on Wednesday with friends when the batsman was given out.
Shikdar suggested that the umpire might again declare the bowler’s delivery a no-ball, and favour the batsman by allowing him to remain at the crease. The umpire had made the same ruling off the previous ball.
“It enraged the batsman who picked up a stump and hit Shikdar on the back of his head. He collapsed on the field and died on the way to a clinic,” Hasan told AFP.
Police were now searching for the batsman who fled the scene, he said.
Cricket is a popular sport across South Asia and sparks over matches at all levels are seen in the cricket-loving countries.