A cricketer, 18, died on Thursday after being hit in the neck by a ball during a match in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district. Jahangir Ahmad War, a resident of Baramulla district in north Kashmir, was playing in a cricket tournament in Anantnag, police said. According to the reports, Jehangir was studying in Class 11th at Government Higher Secondary School Goshbugh Pattan, Baramulla. The left-handed batsman wearing helmet tried to play a pull shot but the ball was hit near his neck due to which he died.
Although he was in full protective gear, War became unconscious after the ball hit him, officials said, adding that he was immediately taken to a medical facility, where he was declared brought dead.
Jammu and Kashmir Governor SP Malik expressed grief and shock over the unfortunate death and announced an ex gratia relief of Rs 5 lakh for the bereaved family, an official spokesperson said.
J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik has expressed grief over the death of Jahangir Ahmad War, an 18-year-old cricketer, who died while playing a cricket match in Anantnag district. He has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 Lakh to the next of kin of the deceased. (file pic) pic.twitter.com/2ikRoXGHhR— ANI (@ANI) July 12, 2019
The under-19 tournament was being organised by government’s youth services and sports department.
Advisor to Governor, K Vijay Kumar also condoled the death. Kumar who is holding the charge of Sports department termed the incident as unfortunate. The Advisor directed the Youth Services & Sports department to provide all possible help to the family.