Cricketer hit by ball dies in Orangi

KARACHI: A cricket match in Orangi Town on Sunday evening turned into a tragedy when a teenage batsman was killed after being struck by a ball thrown by a fast bowler towards him during the match, the police and hospital officials said.

They added that the boys were playing cricket in a playground in Mai Hawa Goth when a ball hit 18-year-old batsman Zeeshan Mohammed on his chest. He was taken to a near-by hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead on arrival.

The ball hit on his chest, said Iqbal Market police station SHO Ghulam Rasool Rajpar. The police officer added that parents of the boy did not want to pursue the case besides there were witnesses who saw the teenager being hit by a ‘very fast ball’ thrown by the bowler during the match.

The body was taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for medico-legal formalities. However, the relatives took away the body without allowing doctors to conduct its post-mortem examination, said a hospital official.