BCCI demand ambulances at all matches


Following the passing of Australia batsman Phillip Hughes,  the Board of Control for Cricket in India has issued strict guidelines to match referees to ensure that player safety always comes first in domestic cricket.

The BCCI has told match referees to confirm that there is an ambulance and a doctor present at all cricket grounds before any local match begins.

Prof Ratnakar Shetty, BCCI's Games Development general manager, told Mid-Day: "We always had guidelines in place to have a doctor and ambulance at every venue, but we have now told the match referees to ensure that these medical facilities are available at every venue because they (match referees) reach the venue two days in advance."

Shetty also spoke of how the BCCI ensures that a hospital, close to the venue, is available when any international match is played in any particular city.

He said: "During an international match, we also book a room in a hospital near the venue in case of an emergency."

Hughes died in hospital two days after being struck in the neck by a bouncer at, in a domestic match, the Sydney Cricket Ground on 25 November.