Hughes' bat placed on Everest

2014-12-26 18:19
Phillip Hughes (File)

Melbourne - Planning is under way to place a bat which once belonged to Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes on Mount Everest in a tribute to the batsman who died last month, an official said on Friday.

The death of Hughes, 25, from a head blow sustained while playing a domestic match at the Sydney Cricket Ground stunned the sports world and triggered an outpouring of grief.

Cricket Australia chairperson Wally Edwards said Friday that the Cricket Association of Nepal had proposed the Everest idea.

After Hughes' death, bats were left outside the front doors of homes in Australia and around the world and a spontaneous #putyourbatsout campaign received a massive response with thousands posting pictures of bats on Twitter.

Edwards also told a Boxing Day Test lunch there were plans for a 63-over game to be played in Nepal as part of the tribute to Hughes who was 63 not out when he sustained the fatal injury, Australian Associated Press reported.

"So although we enter the festive season with heavy hearts, the community's response has been comforting and in many ways uplifting," Edwards said in Melbourne.

In another development, a report said Friday that Cricket Australia has trademarked the phrase "63 not out" to prevent people from cashing in on the death of the batsman.

"Cricket Australia registered the trademark in conjunction with Phillip's management purely as a defensive registration to prevent others trying to exploit Phillip's memory," a CA spokesperson told The West Australian.

"There was some evidence of that starting to occur which is why we have taken this action," the spokesperson said.

The West Australian said unlicensed Hughes merchandise is being sold by online auction sites including T-shirts, stickers and memorial trophies.

Read more on:    phillip hughes  |  cricket

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Under fire Proteas coach Russell Domingo has blamed player workloads and fatigue as the reason for the national team's woeful showing in the Tri Series in the Caribbean. Your thoughts?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.