An umpire and former captain of Israel`s national cricket team died on Saturday after being hit in the jaw by a ball, the country`s cricket association said.
His death comes just two days after Australian batsman Phillip Hughes died of a severe head injury after being hit by a bouncer in a New South Wales match in Sydney.
Israeli police ruled out foul play in the incident that led to the death of the umpire, named by the Israel Cricket Association as 55-year-old Hillel Oscar, in the southern port city of Ashdod.
ICA chief Naor Gudker told AFP Saturday`s game was the last in the national league season.
“We`re simply in shock,” he said from the hospital where Oscar was pronounced dead.
“He was an international umpire. He officiated in European championships, he officiated in games in Israel: his future was ahead of him,” Gudker said.
“He was a player for the national Israeli team and he was captain of the national team.”