BCCI to match referees: Ensure ambulance at every venue

In the wake of the Phillip Hughes tragedy, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has stepped up their preparation to tackle fatal injuries for domestic matches.

The Indian cricket board has asked match referees to ensure that a doctor and an ambulance is present at every venue.

When Hughes was struck on the head by a Sean Abbott bouncer at the Sydney Cricket Ground during a Sheffield Shield match on November 25, the Australian batsman was taken to the hospital in a super speciality ambulance. There was also an option to take him in an air ambulance.

"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," Prof Ratnakar Shetty, BCCI's Games Development general manager, told mid-day.

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

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