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article imageBangladesh cricket umpire kills fan

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By Arthur Weinreb     Jan 30, 2012 in Sports
Police in northern Bangladesh are searching for the umpire of a cricket match after the irate fan he struck on the head died in hospital.
It was an amateur game played last Friday in Kishoreganj, a remote district in the north of Bangladesh.
During the game, 15-year-old Nazrul Islam left the stands, ran onto the pitch, and began arguing with the umpire about a previous call. The incensed umpire then took a bat from one of the players and struck the teenager over the head with it.
After the attack, the 15-year-old appeared to be fine. But he had suffered an internal cerebral hemorrhage and was later taken to a hospital where he died the next day.
The local police chief, Mosharraf Hussein, was quoted in the Hindustan Times as saying, The two argued over a not-out decision by the umpire. He accused the umpire of bias. At one stage, the umpire became angry, took a bat and hit the young boy in the head.
According to police, the umpire has gone into hiding.
Cricket is an extremely popular sport in Bangladesh. In February 2011, the country hosted the ICC Cricket World Cup. As pointed out by CNN, it was the first time Bangladesh had an opportunity to hose a major international sporting event.
Police are still searching for the umpire whose name has not been released.
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