20-year-old fast bowler Hamza Ali passes away

Published: June 10, 2016
Hamza Ali fell into River Avon on Wednesday. PHOTO COURTESY: Hampshire County Cricket Club

Hamza Ali fell into River Avon on Wednesday. PHOTO COURTESY: Hampshire County Cricket Club

Bristol-born Hamza Ali, who was recently on trial at Hampshire and also played for MCC Young Cricketers, died on Wednesday after falling into River Avon.

According to local police, the authorities were called to the river at Saltford in Somerset around 17:20 British Standard Time and although they managed to take Ali to the hospital for treatment, the 20-year-old later passed away.

MCC head coach Steve Kirby paid respects to Ali, describing him as an impressive young man who had a profound impact on his teammates.

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“We would like to extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to Hamza’s family at this very sad time,” he said.

“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.

“Hamza greatly impressed us with his energy, enthusiasm and exceptional all-round talent.”

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Similarly, West Indies cricketer Darren Sammy also paid respects to Ali via his Twitter account.

Ali made his first-class debut for Hampshire in April against Cardiff MCCU, taking 2-59 in the match.

Hampshire players wore black armbands as a mark of respect for Ali during their T20 Blast match against Surrey at The Oval on Thursday.

This article originally appeared on BBC Sport

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Reader Comments (5)

  • singh
    Jun 10, 2016 - 12:50PM

    A waste of life & untimely death. SadRecommend

  • Pak Bristolians CC
    Jun 10, 2016 - 1:24PM

    An immensely talented young man who touched many hearts has been taken away in tragic circumstances.
    Hamza was a very talented cricketer and made his presence felt around the cricket circuit with his performance.
    The community is in shock and saddened by his sudden and unexpected death. A huge loss for his family especially his Father Shabbir.
    May Allah grant him the highest place in Jannah (amen)
    RIP Hamza.

    Qamar Warraich

    Pak Bristolians Cricket ClubRecommend

  • Arsalan Jilani
    Jun 10, 2016 - 2:59PM

    Really sad to hear about this.

    May Allah grant him the highest place in Jannah (amen)Recommend

  • bozo the clown
    Jun 10, 2016 - 11:01PM

    How did he die ? How did he fall ? Did someone push him or what ?Recommend

  • Khilari
    Jun 11, 2016 - 11:38PM

    Oh God! What a huge tragedy. Inna lillahi… May Allah grant courage to the family to bear this colossal loss.Recommend

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