JERUSALEM: An umpire and former captain of Israel’s national cricket team died on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) after being hit by a ball, just two days after the death of Australian batsman Phillip Hughes because of a freak head injury that left the sports world reeling. The Israel cricket association said Hillel Oscar died after being hit by a ball which had just been struck by a batsman. Oscar, 55, was officiating in a match in the southern port city of Ashdod. Fatal accidents are rare in cricket. But Oscar’s death comes just after Australian batsman Phillip Hughes died of a severe head injury caused when he was hit by a ball during a New South Wales match in Sydney.