BY Ayyaz Malik

The cricket community has been in mourning this week and last after the news that young fast bowler Hamza Ali passed away in a swimming accident. Ali’s club Hampshire and MCC confirmed the tragic news. 20-year old Ali played a first-class game for his County at the start of this season.

Hamza since then went on to play several games for MCC Young Cricketers. The Bristol-born seamer also had a stint in Grade-A cricket with the Rawalpindi Rams in Pakistan.  The cricket world has been robbed of an innocent life due to a very unfortunate accident in the River Avon.

Ali was airlifted from the popular swimming spot which has sadly become notorious; the River Avon was sadly the spot where teen Aaron Burgess also died in 2012. 20-year old Ali, just like Burgess, couldn’t be saved and passed away shortly afterwards.

“We would like to extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to Hamza’s family at this very sad time,” MCC head coach Steve Kirby said of the tragic incident.