Pakistan news December 20, 2013

Pakistan club cricketer dies while batting


Zulfiqar Bhatti, a 22-year-old club cricketer, died on Wednesday after being hit on the chest while batting during the Begum Khursheed Memorial T20 tournament in Sukkur, a district in Pakistan's Sindh province.

Bhatti, who was captained by his elder brother Ali Asad, was struck on the chest while attempting a pull shot. He was rushed to a civil hospital where he was declared dead.

"It is sad news for us and everyone is shocked about his accidental death," Ayaz Mehmood, districts cricket secretary, told ESPNcricinfo. "The district administration has suspended sports activities throughout Sukkur district for three days as condolence."

Bhatti was laid to rest in his native graveyard and his funeral prayers were offered at Dargah Bedil Bekas in the town yesterday. "Seconds before collapsing, he signalled that he was fine," Mehmood said. "He was immediately taken to a hospital where he was put on ventilator and doctors made every attempt to revive him but it seems like he had breathed his last on the pitch."

Bhatti was the youngest of five sons in the family.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Dummy4 on December 24, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    Suresh Kottegoda, very rightly said. I hope every club takes his advise and keep the necessary life saving equipment handy.

  • Shahab on December 23, 2013, 5:32 GMT

    Very sad news..... Raman Lamba, Indian opening batsman had died being hit while fielding at short leg. The lesson for others should be to always where proper protective equipment's whether batting or fielding. I see a lot of batsman do not wear chest and arm guards, which could be very fatal. Please learn from this tragic news. May Allah give strength to the boys family on this sad news.

  • ESPN on December 22, 2013, 6:18 GMT

    May Allah grant him Jannah. Another lesson for the ones that are still alive. Death can come anywhere, anytime. Let us correct ourselves before it is too late.

  • Android on December 22, 2013, 0:29 GMT

    a blow to the center of the chest can trigger a very dangerous fast heart rhythm called ventricular fibrillation which is fatal. it is called commotio cordis. on the pitch cardiac resuscitation and direct current shock given via a defibrillator would have definitely saved this young life. tragic.

  • Dummy4 on December 21, 2013, 13:47 GMT

    This is a very tragic for everyone involved in that tournament, wounder what the bowler would have went threw after it all happened. RIP

  • Android on December 20, 2013, 20:33 GMT

    shocking news. may Allah rest his soul in peace.

    very young. must be some extra fast ball.

  • Vikram on December 20, 2013, 16:35 GMT

    Shocking! It must be tough for the players involved in the match to get past this incident.

  • Android on December 20, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    its always sad to hear a cricketer has passed away as the cricket community is not big compared to football but to die at such a young age is heartbreaking. the gaurd that people are taljing about only covers your rib cage not your chest. unless they were playing on mat or cement wicket apart from international pitches in the subcontinent on domestic or in this tragic case some low levek tournament when does the ball bounce above waist height personally ive never seen it.

  • ESPN on December 20, 2013, 13:59 GMT

    @subharata Its club cricket it wasnt proffessional. Who wears a chest guard in club cricket

  • ESPN on December 20, 2013, 11:08 GMT

    Come on man this is just ridiculous. Of course I do feel sympathy for his unnatural death, but when you have the equipments at your disposal why not use them? He should have worn a chest guard while batting. You just cannot take things for granted at this level. Nontheless R.I.P.

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