The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has announced that before the third round of the Professional Cricket League (PCL) commences, a minute of silence will be observed as a form of tribute to emerging Australian batsman Philip Hughes who died on Thursday.
During South Australia’s Sheffield Shield clash with New South Wales, Hughes was struck on his head by a short ball from Sean Abbott. He was hospitalised at the Sydney hospital where he was reported to be in a critical condition.
WICB calls on all players and match officials to wear a black armband during their matches that will begin on Friday.
The WICB statement proposed, “To honour the memory of our fallen colleague and show solidarity with our friends in Australia, we have asked that a minute’s silence be observed prior to the start of all matches in the third round of the WICB Professional Cricket League Regional 4-Day Tournament tomorrow – and that all players and match officials wear a black armband during the match.”
“This is truly a tragic loss of a fantastic young player who promised to deliver so much for Australia and who has already done so much in proving his pedigree as a top flight batsman on the international stage”.
They also expressed that they were truly saddened by hearing of the passing of the 25 year old cricketer following his head injury.
“It was with a sense of shock and sorrow that we learned of the death of Philip Hughes and I know that these feelings are shared by all who knew him and played with or against him,” Dave Cameron, President of the WICB said.
“There is little one can say at such a time, but we would like to express our very sincere sympathy to his family, friends and all those involved with the game in Australia”.
Cricketers of the West Indies including former West Indies cricketers Brian Lara and Phil Simmons pay their tributes to Hughes in given interviews.