20-years old young Hampshire pacer Hamza Ali has died on Thursday morning. A joint statement from Hampshire and MCC has confirmed the news.
According to a report from Bristol Post, Hamza Ali fell into the River Avon on Wednesday afternoon. After that, Ali was hospitalized through airlift after receiving first aid. On Thursday early morning, Ali lost his battle of life.
According to the police, they were called to the river at Saltford in Somerset on Wednesday afternoon. They added although Ali was taken to the hospital for treatment, but he died at later.
Hamza Ali was also known as Hamza Shabbir. Ali right arms fast-medium bowler who also batted right-handed. Ali was born on 5th August 1995 at Bristol and also educated in Bristol. Along with his father, Ali played for Stapleton Cricket Club for many years. In 2015, Ali represented Downend Cricket Club and Omar Associates in the Patron’s Trophy Grade II.
In April, Ali made debut in the first-class cricket for Hampshire. In the last month, Ali played two matches for Hampshire 2nd XI.
Earlier in 2014/15 season, Ali made debut in List A career after playing for Rawalpindi Rams in Pakistan. Ali played 1 first-class match and 6 List A matches where he picked up 2 and 10 wickets respectively.
The head of player development at Hampshire Cricket, Charlie Freeston said: “We are shocked and saddened to hear the news – Hamza had formed a very important part of the 2nd XI team since making his debut against Kent last season.
“He was an incredibly committed and enthusiastic cricketer who always gave 100% for the team that he was playing for. His impressive performances on the field quickly proved he could be part of Hampshire’s future. On behalf of myself, his coaches and all that played with Hamza, we would like to send our deepest condolences to his incredibly supportive family and friends at this difficult time.”
Hampshire recommended Ali to the MCC as a candidate for their Young Cricketers scheme.
The MCC head coach Steve Kirby said “Everyone at MCC is devastated and saddened to hear the tragic news of Hamza Ali’s death. He greatly impressed us with his energy, enthusiasm, and exceptional all-round talent. He starred with both bat and ball in helping the YCs to win their first game of the 2nd XI championship this season, against Sussex last week, with 44 and 2 for 39 in the first innings.
“In the short time he was with the squad, he made quite an impact on all of us, on and off the field, with his friendly, positive outlook. It was very clear to me from the start that Hamza’s indomitable spirit, ambition and desire to be a professional cricketer was there in abundance – he was never beaten. On behalf of MCC and all our Young Cricketers, we would like to extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to Hamza’s family at this very sad time.”
Hampshire players wore black armbands as a mark of a respect in their NatWest T20 Blast match against Surrey at The Kia Oval on Thursday evening.
On the other hand, Downey players will wear black armbands in their next game on 11th June while Stapleton Cricket Club’s flag were lowered to half-mast on 9 June.