Israel NRI cricket umpire dies after being struck by ball

Former Israel captain and umpire Hillel Oscar, 55, was officiating a match in Ashdod when he was hit by a ball that had been struck by a batsman. ICA chief Naor Gudker said the game Oscar was umpiring was the last in the national league season. Speaking from the hospital where Oscar was pronounced dead, Gudker said they are in shock. He said a ball was hit in his direction, he tried to escape it and fell. Oscar was an international umpire. He officiated in European championships and in games in Israel. He was a player for the national Israeli team and captain of the national team. The association and team prayed in his memory calling him a wonderful man, cricketer and umpire. Police are investigating his untimely death. Oscar's death comes just after Australian batsman Phillip Hughes died of a severe head injury caused when he was hit by a ball during a New South wales match in Sydney.