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According to Israel’s Cricket Association (ICA), a former captain of the national cricket team and current umpire was killed from injuries sustained after being hit in the jaw by a ball. Hillel Oscar, a 55-year-old umpire, died just days after Australian Phillip Hughes died after being hit in the head by a ball during a New South Wales match in Sydney, Australia.
Police in Israeli have ruled out any foul play that led to the death of Oscar. The match was being played in the Israeli city of Ashdod. According to Naor Gudker, the ICA Chief, the game on Saturday that took Oscar’s life was the last in the National League season.
“We’re simply in shock,” Gudker said while at the hospital where the umpire was taken and later pronounced dead. While foul play has been ruled out, police are investigating the death. Gudker stated that the ball had been hit in Oscar’s direction and when he tried to escape it, he fell. Gudker went on to state that the entire ICA and the players will bow their heads to his memory, that he was a wonderful man, umpire and cricketer.
By Carl Auer