Young Pakistani cricketer, Hamza Ali dies after drowning


Young Pakistani cricketer, who played for Rawalpindi Rams, Hamza Ali died after drowning in River Avon which seemed to be an accident.

The 20-year old fast bowler, who was also known as Hamza Shabbir, was airlifted to hospital after receiving first aid on Wednesday, but, he lost the battle of his life early in the morning on Thursday.

Hamza played grade-A cricket for Rawalpindi Rams in Pakistan last year and signed a deal with Hampshire 2nds later, he was a reputed pacer in the league and was on his way to play first class cricket in England.

His teammates could not believe on the shocking news of his demise and spared some thoughts for him. Thomas Alsop, one of his Hampshire friends tweeted, “Some terrible news to hear about the passing of Hamza Ali. Thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

Pakistan’s former test batsman and now a commentator, Mohammad Wasim paid homage for the young lad.

Darren Sammy also remembered the time he met him last week.

Shoaib Nasir, his fellow cricketer of Rawalpindi Rams took Facebook to express his grief, he wrote, “Rawalpindi Rams future star my teammate and currently debut (sic) from Hampshire County is passed away… He is no more in this world… I can’t believe myself.”

Ali attended Bristiol’s City Academy and Filton Sixth College before signing for Hampshire, where he played a first class game at the start of this season.

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