Israeli Cricket Umpire Dies During Game

Hillel Oscar, 55, declared dead after being knocked unconscious from foul ball; police launch investigation.

Arutz Sheva Staff , | updated: 6:35 PM

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An umpire and former captain of Israel's national cricket team died on Saturday after being hit in the jaw by a ball, the country's cricket association said.

The umpire collapsed during the course of the game after being hit, prompting bystanders to call Magen David Adom (MDA) medics to the scene.

The medics carried out CPR, an MDA representative told Arutz Sheva Saturday night, and rushed him to the Barzilai Medical Center  - where he was pronounced dead.

"When I got there, I saw a man on the cricket field unconscious, without a pulse and not breathing,"  said Kobi Weiss, a senior medic for MDA who was one of the first to arrive.

"We immediately started advanced resuscitation procedures involving drugs, CPR, and [medical] massages, and when his pulse returned and his condition had stabilized somewhat we took him in an ambulance to hospital in critical condition," he added.

Israeli police ruled out foul play in the incident that led to the death of the umpire, named by the Israel Cricket Association as 55-year-old Hillel Oscar, in the southern port city of Ashdod. 

His death comes just two days after Australian batsman Phillip Hughes died of a severe head injury after being hit by a bouncer in a New South Wales match in Sydney.

ICA chief Naor Gudker told AFP Saturday's game was the last in the national league season.

"We're simply in shock," he said from the hospital where Oscar was pronounced dead.

The international umpire was both a former member and captain of the country's national team, Gudker said.

Police said they were investigating his death.

"We know a ball was hit in his direction, he tried to escape it, he fell -- what happened there is still being investigated," Gudker told AFP.

"The entire Israel Cricket Association and players bow their heads in his memory. He was a wonderful man, cricketer, and umpire," Gudker said.