Blind Cricketer Dies Being Hit By Ball While Fielding

Mirazul Mullick, 14Mirazul Mullick, 14

Nabadweep, Feb. 11: A 14 year visually  challenged cricketer from Nadia’s Dhubulia died at Kalyani based Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial hospital late on Saturday night around 10hours after he was hit by a ball on his ear shot by one of his school mates at a blind school in Nabadweep.

The bizarre incident occurred when the students of the APC blind school was practicing for their ensuing cricket match against Krishnanagar based Helen Keller Academy.

Deceased cricketer Mirazul Mullick, an all-rounder, was a member of Bengal’s visually challenged cricket squad and a regular member of Nadia district team. He played an instrumental role to lead Nadia winning the state championship played in Nabadweep last month.

Son of a construction labour from Nadia’s Dhubulia, Mirazul, a student of class VI at Acharya Prafulla Chandra Blind School was injured while fielding in short fine leg as a ball hit by Suman Ghosh, a student of class 9 and a member of National team, hit above his right ear.

Basudeb Chatterjee, a teacher of the school and a member of Indian Cricket Association for Blind, said: “Suman played a shot that hit Mirazul on his right ear. He fell unconscious immediately. We gave him ice packing on the injury, but his condition deteriorated abruptly. We then took him to Nabadweep state general hospital. But, the doctors shifted him to JNM hospital in Kalyani in the evening, where he died”.

“Most probably he is first blind cricketer in the world died accidentally while playing”, Chatterjee added.

The tragic incident that recalled the similar death of Indian cricketer Raman Lamba while playing a match in Dhaka on February 23, 1998.

Today the body of Mirazul was handed over to his family members after post mortem in Kalyani. Kalyani police have started a case of unnatural death.