Writam Porel was fielding at short-leg, when the ball hit his neck (Representative photo) © Getty Images
Writam Porel was fielding at short-leg, when the ball hit his neck (Representative photo) © Getty Images

Kolkata: Bengal batsman Writam Porel, who was hospitalised last evening after being hit on his neck, was discharged on Saturday. “There was no internal injury or fracture. He has been advised 10 days’ rest,” a hospital source said. The 26-year-old East Bengal cricketer was hit during the second day’s play in the final of the AN Ghosh Trophy, a three-day league tournament organised by the Cricket Association of Bengal, at Eden Gardens on Friday. Fielding at forward short-leg with a helmet, Porel turned around to protect himself as the ball pulled by Bhowanipore batsman Prinan Datta hit on his neck. He was rushed to the nearby Nightingale Hospital and it brought back the tragic memory former Bengal Under-19 captain Ankit Keshri who died at the same hospital after an on-field collision with a teammate. READ: Bengal cricketer hospitalised after being hit by ball

“I was scared because Ankit was my team-mate, but it is all right. I’m fine,” Porel, who has played 10 first-class matches for Bengal between 2010 and 2012, said.

The incident evoked the memoirs of the recent disheartening incident of cricketer Ankit Keshri who succumbed to a similar on field injury. Keshari’s family had alleged the authorizations of medical negligence for the loss of the cricketer’s life while, notably, the medical staff was much more active in the current case. An ambulance was present outside the ground and Porel was taken to get medical assistance instantly. READ: Ankit Keshri, Bengal Under-23 cricketer dies after sustaining on field injury

Earlier this year, cricketer Ankit Keshari got injured due to an on field collision with team mate Sourabh Mondal while fielding. Coincidentally, that match was also between the two teams East Bengal and Bhawanipore and was taken to the same hospital as Porel but could not survive.