Umpire kills cricket fan

2012-01-29 13:54

Dhaka - A cricket umpire killed a teenage spectator in Bangladesh by hitting him on the head with a bat in a dispute over a contested decision, police said on Sunday.

Nazrul Islam, 15, ran onto the pitch during an amateur game in the remote northern district of Kishoreganj and started an argument with the umpire, who took one of the players' bats and hit the teenager.

Islam showed no serious injury from the blow during the game on Friday but suffered an internal haemorrhage overnight and died in hospital the following day, local police chief Mosharraf Hossain told AFP.

"The two argued over a not-out decision by the umpire. He accused the umpire of bias. At one stage, the umpire became angry, took a bat and hit the young boy on the head," Hossain said.

The umpire was being sought for questioning but had gone into hiding, he added.

Cricket is hugely popular sport in Bangladesh, which last year co-hosted the World Cup with India and Sri Lanka.


  • Mark - 2012-01-29 14:31

    Tragic....The Umpire strikes back, where is Piet van Zijl when you need him.

      Ray - 2012-01-29 15:00

      I thought cricket was a non-contact sport.Maybe he had a bet on a wicket for that ball

      Squeegee - 2012-01-29 20:01

      Umpire hit him for a six ... feet under.

  • msnagdee - 2012-01-29 16:42

    A decision over a dead ball

  • pal.mabelane - 2012-01-29 18:12

    The Umpire strikes back indeed!

      elspeth.hassall - 2012-01-29 21:53


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