Cricket is a competitive game where players try to win individual battles. If a batsman hits a pacer for a boundary, the instant reply is a short ball targeting the helmet. Pacers usually use the short ball to threaten the batsman. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. Either the batsman hits or survives those venomous short balls. However, there is also a third possible event and that is the batsman gets hit on the body. While the pacers sometimes enjoy it, they also get worried about the batsman if the ball hits anywhere above the shoulder.
Ever since Australia’s Phil Hughes succumbed to an injury caused by a short ball from Sean Abbott, the cricket fraternity gets worried every time a batter is hit on the helmet. A similar incident happened in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League. During the match between Khulna Tigers and Chattogram Challengers, Andre Fletcher was hit on the neck while trying to muscle a short ball from Rejaur Rahman Raja.
On the first delivery of the seventh over, young pacer Rejaur Rahman bowled a bouncer with sheer pace. Andre Fletcher who was hitting bowlers all over the park tried to take on Rahman from the first ball. He tried dispatching the ball for a boundary but he completely missed the ball and it hit him on the neck. In no time, Fletcher was on the ground in a lot of pain. The physios came in and stretchered Fletcher off the field.
A brutal short ball floored Andre Fletcher today. Rejaur on his debut bowled with pace & venom, the latest in a production line of Sylhet pacers.#BPL2022 @ctgchallengers @CaribCricket @isaac_lockett pic.twitter.com/tlTiNhEC1e
— Sight Screen Cricket Journal (@SightScreenCJ) January 24, 2022
— Sportsmail24.com (@sportsmail24) January 24, 2022
Fletcher appeared to be okay: BCB Physician
After an assessment on the ground, Andre Flecther was taken to a hospital as a ‘precautionary measure’. Bangladesh Cricket Board Physician said that Fletcher “appeared to be okay” while he was under observation at the ground. Meanwhile, Khulan Tigers’ manages Nafees Iqbal also cleared that the cricketer was doing fine and is in his senses.
“Fletcher is doing well. He is also in his senses, and not feeling any problems. But since he was hit on the neck, we are being cautious and not taking any risks. If the doctor advises for a scan then it will be done. At the moment it’s fine,” Dhaka Tribune quoted Iqbal as saying.