Cricket Australia (CA), on May 14, announced that it will examine Phillip Hughes death tragedy in an independent review commissioned by it. 

On November 27, Phillip Hughes died from a brain injury he sustained three days ago while playing a Sheffield Shield match for South Australia against New South Wales at the SCG. 

It has been learnt that the review will be chaired by David Curtain, a former Chairman of the Victorian Bar Council and President of the Australian Bar Association. It will focus on the cause of unfortunate death of Hughes and will make recommendations for future tournaments, competitions, matches and official training sessions conducted under the auspices of CA.

“When this tragedy happened, I said that it was a freak accident, but it was one freak accident too many. Never again do we want to see something like that happen on a cricket field,” said James Sutherland – Cricket Australia’s CEO 

“We have a deep responsibility and obligation to look into the events of that awful day to understand everything that occurred and then see what could be done to prevent a similar accident happening in the future.

“This is not an exercise designed to apportion blame on any individual for what took place. It is about making sure that as a sport we are doing everything in our power to prevent an accident of this nature happening again.

“There were certain measures put in place soon after Phillip’s passing such as increasing the medical presence at all CA matches and working very closely with our helmet supplier to investigate the suitability of protective head equipment offered to all players. This review will help determine whether we need to implement further measures before the 2015-16 season.

“David Curtain is one of Australia’s leading law practitioners and is highly qualified to lead the review which is being undertaken with the support of the Hughes family.

“We fully recognise that undertaking a process such as this may be a traumatic experience for some and we will be as respectful and understanding as possible throughout that time.

“As such Cricket Australia and all states continue to make available counselling and support to any players and staff who feel they need help at any time,” he concluded. 

 

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