Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes passed away at St. Vincent's Hospital in Sydney on Thursday morning, two days after being struck by a Sean Abbott bouncer during a Sheffield Shield game © Getty Images
Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes passed away at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney on Thursday morning, two days after being struck by a Sean Abbott bouncer during a Sheffield Shield game © Getty Images

Nov 27, 2014

Pakistan‘s cricket community today stood united in grief at the tragic demise of young Australian batsman Phillip Hughes, who succumbed to his head injuries sustained during a domestic game in Sydney.

The 25-year-old cricketer died at the St Vincent’s Hospital, where he was battling for life after being hit on the head by a bouncer from Sean Abbot during a Sheffield Shield match between New South Wales and South Australia on Tuesday.

Test opener Ahmed Shehzad, who himself went through a similar incident, expressed his condolences and said he was fortunate to survive a similar incident earlier this month.

“I know how it feels. That moment. I was shocked to learn about Hughes untimely death because I prayed for his recovery since he was taken to hospital this week,” Shehzad said.

Shehzad was himself hit by a short pitched ball from New Zealand‘s Corey Anderson on the second day of the first test in Abu Dhabi on November 10th and had to be flown back home for treatment.

“I was very fortunate I have survived that blow and come through. Because I know what his family must be going through right now. I was also shaken after being hit and didn’t know for a few days what lay ahead of me,” Shehzad said.

Shehzad who suffered a hairline fracture to his cheekbone in the incident missed the remaining tests against New Zealand but is back in contention for the limited over series after going through a rehabilitation process in Lahore.

“The New Zealand players were sympathetic after I was hit but I know this is part of cricket and one has to endure them.

“I just thank god I have come through and I pray that Hughes family are able to also bear this tragic loss.”

Pakistan’s former test captain, Rashid Latif, who himself was once felled by a bouncer from Indian pacer, Zaheer Khan during the World Cup in 2003, said it would not be a bad idea for the ICC to have a review of all safety gear manufactured these days for cricketers.

“I am not blaming anyone but this is a huge incident and will have its impact on modern day cricket.

“I think a review should be done so that the ICC and its member boards and their players are satisfied they are getting the best safety gear and equipment.”

He said one can also look at having uniform safety gears in the sport.

Pakistan’s former pacer, Sarfaraz Nawaz, who was known for his temperamental behavior in his 55 tests, said he was saddened to learn about Hughes death.

“I just hope that the bowler, Sean Abbott who bowled that ill fated ball is also being looked after because he must be devastated at this time,” Nawaz said.

“It is job of fast bowlers to be aggressive and the bouncer is a legitimate ball but no bowler wants such a incident to happen. So I hope Abbot is provided full counselling because he is still very young.”

Pakistan’s former test opener, Mohsin Khan said cricket was a wonderful game but such incidents happened.

“I feel very sad today and my heart goes out to Hughes family because it is a very tragic incident and can happen to anyone. It is a very good gesture on part of the Pakistan and New Zealand boards to postpone the day’s play today in the test in Sharjah,” Khan said.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) also issued a condolence message from Chairman, Shaharyar Khan and CEO Subhan Ahmed saying the death of Hughes was tragic and untimely.

“Our deepest condolences with his family because he was too young,” a statement said.

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