Youth cricketer dies in lightning strike

Kolkata: A 21-year-old aspiring cricketer died on the spot after he was struck by lightning during practice at the Calcutta Cricket Academy here, the club’s secretary said.

Lightning coupled with thundershowers lashed the city in the afternoon when all-rounder Debabrata Pal, who had joined the club last month, had just finished warming-up and had entered the ground.

“After warming-up we were about to start practice when lightning started. He suddenly collapsed and we rushed to him,” club secretary Abdul Masood told IANS.

“We did cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) but after seeing no response, we took him to Ramakrishna Mission Seva Pratishthan where he was declared dead,” he added.