Umpire sent to hospital after blow to head in Mumbai Test

Paul Reiffel was taken off field after throw hit him on back of his head

Sports Desk December 08, 2016
Paul Reiffel after being hit by a ball at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai on December 8, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

Umpire Paul Reiffel was taken off the field and sent to hospital after a throw hit him on the back of his head during the first day of the third Test between India and England in Mumbai.

The 50-year-old had collapsed from the blow and play was stopped for a few minutes. Third umpire Marais Erasmus took Reiffel’s place as the on-field umpire.

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England batsman Keaton Jennings had played a stroke towards square-leg as fielder Bhuvneshwar Kumar lobbed a throw back in for Cheteshwar Pujara, who stood between Reiffel and the stumps.

Reiffel fell quickly to the ground after the hit and fellow umpire Bruce Oxenford rushed towards him to provide aid.

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After basic tests by the England physio, Reiffel walked away from the field before being transported to a nearby hospital for further tests.

This article originally appeared on ESPNCricinfo


khalid | 5 years ago | Reply The majority of the crowd were laughing when ball hit the umpire. It could have been a serious injury.
Fiz | 5 years ago | Reply Now they are resorting to targeting the umpires.LOL!
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