20-year old Hampshire cricket club bowler Hamza Ali passed away as per the reports made by the Hampshire cricket club and the MCC. The statement reports that he fell into the River Avon around 5pm on Wednesday. Hamza Ali received emergency first aid but died in the hospital in the early hours of yesterday morning. He made his First-Class debut earlier this year against Cardiff MCCU. He was rated by many as one of the best young talent in the country. Ali’s sudden death shocked lot of people.
The head of player development at Hampshire, Charlie Freeston said, “He was an incredibly committed and enthusiastic cricketer who always gave 100% for the team that he was playing for. His impressive performances on the field quickly proved he could be part of Hampshire’s future. On behalf of myself, his coaches and all that played with Hamza, we would like to send our deepest condolences to his incredibly supportive family and friends at this difficult time.”
“Everyone at MCC is devastated and saddened to hear the tragic news of Hamza Ali’s death,” Steve Kirby, the MCC head coach, said. “He greatly impressed us with his energy, enthusiasm, and exceptional all-around talent. He starred with both bat and ball in helping the YCs to win their first game of the 2nd XI championship this season, against Sussex last week, with 44 and 2 for 39 in the first innings.”
“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. It was very clear to me from the start that Hamza’s indomitable spirit, ambition and desire to be a professional cricketer was there in abundance – he was never beaten. On behalf of MCC and all our Young Cricketers, we would like to extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to Hamza’s family at this very sad time.”
Fellow Hampshire cricketer Thomas Alsop paid tribute to his former teammate on Twitter.
Commentator Muhammid Wasim added: “Shocking news. My friend’s son, @hantscricket & RawlpindiRams cricketer Hamza Ali is no more. He was just 20 #RIP.
— Muhammad Wasim (@MuhammadWasim77) June 9, 2016