List of fatalities while playing cricket

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The following is a list of notable cricket players who died while playing a game, died directly from injuries sustained while playing, or died after being taken ill on the ground.

Player Cause Date Place
England Jasper Vinall Struck on the head by a bat[1] 28 August 1624 Horsted Keynes, Sussex, England, United Kingdom
England Frederick, Prince of Wales, heir to King George II of Great Britain Keen on cricket, he either died of pneumonia, or from a burst abscess caused by being hit with a cricket ball.[2] 20 March 1751 London, England, United Kingdom
England George Summers Struck on the head by a ball [3] 29 June 1870 Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England, United Kingdom
England HP Lighton The bowler was struck by a return drive by the batsman[4] 1872 Repton, Derbyshire, England, United Kingdom
England Claude Wilson Overcome by sunstroke[5] 29 June 1881 Betchworth, Surrey, England, United Kingdom
England Frederick Randon Struck on the head by a ball at Lord's in 1881, from which he never fully recovered, dying in February 1883[6] 17 February 1883 Hathern, Leicestershire, England, United Kingdom
EnglandArthur Earlam The 17 year old bowler was struck by a return drive by the batsman[7] July 1921 Runcorn, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom
England Andy Ducat Heart failure[8] 23 July 1942 London, England, United Kingdom
Pakistan Abdul Aziz Struck over the heart by a ball[9] 17 January 1959 Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
England Michael Ainsworth "Suddenly"[10] 28 August 1978 Hillingdon, London, England, United Kingdom
England Wilf Slack Collapsed while batting[11] 15 January 1989 Banjul, Gambia
England Ian Folley Heart attack while being treated in hospital for eye injury sustained on the field[12] 30 August 1993 Whitehaven, Cumbria, England, United Kingdom
India Raman Lamba Struck on the head by a ball while fielding[13] 20 February 1998 Dhaka, Bangladesh
Pakistan Wasim Raja Suffered a heart attack on the pitch[11][14] 23 August 2006 Marlow, Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom
South Africa Darryn Randall Struck on the head by a ball[11] 27 October 2013 Alice, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Australia Phillip Hughes Struck on the neck by a ball[15] 27 November 2014 Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Namibia Raymond van Schoor Stroke[16] 20 November 2015 Windhoek, Namibia


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  9. ^ Haigh, Gideon (2006). Peter The Lord's Cat and Other Unexpected Obituaries from Wisden. London, Eng: John Wisden & Co. p. 16. ISBN 1845131630.
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  11. ^ a b c "FACTBOX-Cricket-Deaths caused from on-field incidents". Reuters. 27 November 2014.
  12. ^ Powell, Rose (28 November 2014). "Ten fatal cricket injuries before Phillip Hughes died". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 29 November 2014.
  13. ^ "The tragic death of Raman Lamba". Martin Williamson. Cricinfo Magazine, 14 August 2010. Retrieved 23 May 2015.
  14. ^ "Wasim Raja dies playing cricket". ESPN Cricinfo. 23 August 2006.
  15. ^ Staff reporters (27 November 2014). "Phillip Hughes dead: Australian cricketer dies after bouncer at SCG". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  16. ^ "Namibian cricketer Raymond van Schoor dies, aged 25, five days after on-field collapse due to stroke". 21 November 2015.