Srinagar, July 11 : A 19-year old left handed batsman died after being struck in the neck by a ball while playing a cricket match at Nanil area of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Thursday.
The cricket tournament is being organized by the Government’s Youth Services and Sports Department in the area.
The incident occurred when the match was being played between Budgam and Baramulla.
Confirming the incident, Director General (DG) Youth Services and Sports Department Saleem-Ur-Rehman told that 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.
The DG identified the cricketer as Jehangir Ahmad War (19) son of Farooq Ahmed War of Goshbugh Pattan Baramulla.
DG said that War was immediately evacuated to health facility Mattan where doctors declared him brought dead on arrival.
Jehangir was studying in class 11th at Government Higher Secondary School Goshbugh Pattan, Baramulla.
Meanwhile, Administrative Secretary Youth Services and Sports Department Sarmad Hafeez termed the incident as unfortunate and sad incident. He said that all possible help and assistance would be rendered to the bereaved family.
Governor Satya Pal Malik has expressed grief and shock over the unfortunate death of a young cricketer who died while playing a cricket match in Anantnag district.
In a condolence message, Governor has conveyed his sympathies to the bereaved family and prayed for peace to the departed soul.
Governor has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh to the next of kin of the deceased. (GNS)