London - Hampshire and West Indies fast bowler Fidel Edwards
suffered a broken ankle warming up in a pre-match football kick-about on the
final day of the County Championship match away to title-holders Yorkshire at
Headingley, the south coast club announced Thursday.
It was the latest setback for Hampshire, who have
nevertheless managed to draw their opening two matches in this season's First
Division despite a raft of injuries that include newly-signed England paceman
Reece Topley breaking his hand on club debut.
How long Edwards remains sidelined due to a damaged right
ankle is unclear, with a statement on Hampshire's website posted Thursday
saying: "Fidel will see a specialist today (Thursday 21 April), which will
help determine the predicted length of time that he will be out of action
Edwards, who labelled his injury as a 'broken leg' in an
Instagram post from hospital, suffered the injury while playing football on the
Headingley outfield on Wednesday.
Hampshire coach Dale Benkenstein told Southampton's Southern
Daily Echo newspaper: "We were only 45 seconds away from the end of the
(football) game when Fidel went to kick the ball.
"I was just about to get the mitts on for fielding
practice when his foot got stuck in the turf, and all his weight went over on
"There was no one near him. It was a really freakish
fall, and there was a loud crack," the former South Africa international
There have long been concerns about the risks cricketers run
in engaging in often vigorous pre-match football games, which don't assist with
core cricket skills.
In 2009, England batsman Joe Denly's international career
was derailed before had made his debut when he suffered a knee injury in a
football warm-up following a clumsy challenge by England team-mate Owais Shah.
And last year Lancashire coach Ashley Giles told the
Manchester Evening News: "I don't like football as a warm-up. There's a
high risk of injury; I think it's unhealthy.
"You don't see Stuart Lancaster (the then England rugby
union coach) warming up the rugby team with a few throw-downs before a rugby
game," the former England left-arm spinner added.