Hansie Cronje: The former South African skipper died in a plane crash in 2002 at the age of 32. Cronje fell from grace in 2000 after his name got embroiled in a match-fixing scandal and he was subsequently banned from playing cricket for life. Cronje was killed after the flight he was onboard crashed into the Outeniqua Mountains northeast of George airport in South Africa. Pic/ Getty Images
Raman Lamba: The former India batsman was 38 when he died, three days after being hit on the head while fielding for Abahani against Mohammedan in a club match at Dhaka, Bangladesh in 1998. Lamba was not wearing a helmet when Mohammedan's Mehrab Hossain's shot struck him on the temple and rebounded to wicketkeeper Khaled Mashud. Raman walked off the field never to return to play his much-loved sport. Pic/ mid-day archives
Phil Hughes: The 25-year-old Australian died after battling for life for two days after he was hit on the head by a bouncer during a Sheffield Shield match at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Hughes, who was due to celebrate his 26th birthday, played 26 Tests and 25 ODIs for his country
Malcolm Marshall: Considered one of the finest bowlers during his time, the West Indies cricketer died at age 41 due to colon cancer. Marshall weighed a little over 25 kg at the time. He played 81 Tests claiming 376 wickets (Pic/ mid-day archives)
Laurie Williams: A promising all-rounder who played 15 ODIs for West Indies between 1996 and 2001, Williams was killed when his car collided with a bus in Kingston, Jamaica. He was only 33 at the time of his death. Pic/ AFP
Runako Morton: The West Indies batsman (33) met with a tragic death in 2012 while returning home from a game in Trinidad. He rammed the vehicle into a pole and could not survive the impact of the collision. Pic/ AFP
Ben Hollioake: Melbourne-born Hollioake died in a car crash in Perth at the age of 24 in 2002. He played two Tests and 20 one-day internationals for England, and was the younger brother of former England ODI captain Adam Hollioake. Pic/ AFP
Collie Smith: The West Indies all-rounder died in a car accident at the age of 26 in 1959. The mishap took place when he was travelling to London with his West Indian teammates Garry Sobers and Tom Dewdney to attend a charity match. Their car rammed into a cattle truck in Staffordshire and Smith slipped into a coma in hospital
Tom Maynard: One of Surrey's most promising batsmen, Maynard died at the age of 23 after being struck by a London Underground train in the early hours of June 18, 2012. An inquest revealed that he was high on drugs when the fatal accident took place. Pic/ Getty Images
Manjural Islam Rana: A slow left-arm orthodox bowler for Bangladesh, Rana played six Tests and 25 ODIs before he died in a road collision. Rana's motorcycle collided with a microbus before hitting an electrical pole on the side of the road. At 22 years and 316 days, he became the youngest Test cricketer to die in a road accident. Pic/ AFP
A 25-year-old Indian first-class cricketer Sandeep Singh lost his life after a tractor ran over him in his hometown Mundal, in Haryana, in February 2014. Sandeep was in the reserves list of the Haryana team. Zulfiqar Bhatti, a 22-year-old club cricketer, died in December after he was on the chest while batting in a domestic T20 tournament in Sukkur, located in Pakistan's Sindh province. Also, Daren Randal, a South African club cricketer, was killed in October 2013 after he was hit on the side of his head while batting in a Border Cricket Board Premier League match at Alice in the Eastern Cape
Former South Africa cricket captain, the late Hansie Cronje, was born on September 25, 1969. Hansie Cronje went from being one of the most celebrated cricketers of his time, to confess his role in match-fixing, to ultimately losing his life in a plane crash. On Cronje's birth anniversary today, here's a look at cricketers who have met with untimely deaths.
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