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Indian-origin Israeli cricket umpire killed after ball strikes him in the face

Police spokesperson Luba Samri said the man was hit by a ball during a league game on Saturday and that no foul play was suspected. He was evacuated to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

cricket Updated: Nov 30, 2014 15:07 IST
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Israeli police said a 60-year-old man has died after being struck in the face by a ball while working as an umpire at a cricket match in the coastal city of Ashdod.

Police spokesperson Luba Samri said the man was hit by a ball during a league game on Saturday and that no foul play was suspected. He was evacuated to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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Hillel Oscar, the former Israeli cricket captain who was killed when hit by a ball when umpiring a game. (Photo credit: Israel Cricket Association)

Saturday's accident comes just two days after professional Australian cricket player Phillip Hughes died from injuries he sustained after being struck by a ball.

Witnesses told Israeli media a batsman struck a ball and it rebounded off the stumps to hit the umpire, who was not wearing protective gear.

Cricket remains a niche game in Israel and played mostly among a tight-knit group of expatriates.

First Published: Nov 29, 2014 22:29 IST