Italian city of Bolzano bans cricket in parks after 2-year-old boy struck in the head by a ball

The mayor of Bolzano in northern Italy Renzo Caramaschi said the ban was prompted by an email he had received from the boy's parents about the cricket ball having hit their son

PTI, Sep,13 2017

London: An Italian city has banned cricket in parks after a two-year-old boy was struck by a ball while he was on the balcony of his home, dealing a blow to the cricket-loving Afghan and Pakistani migrants there, media reports said.

The mayor of Bolzano in northern Italy banned the game in the city's parks after the ball struck the boy in the head, BBC reported.

A player (C) from a team of priests and seminarians prepares to return a ball during a training session at the Maria Mater Ecclesiae's Catholic College in Rome October 22, 2013. The Vatican officially declared its intention to defeat the Church of England on Tuesday - not in a theological re-match nearly 500 years after they split, but on the cricket pitch. The challenge was launched at the baptism of the St. Peter's Cricket Club. Vatican officials said the league will be composed of teams of priests and seminarians from Catholic colleges and seminaries in Rome. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi (VATICAN - Tags: RELIGION SPORT CRICKET) - GM1E9AM1TO701

Bolzano is now restricting cricket to tennis courts and a baseball field. Reuters

The boy, who was on the balcony of his home overlooking a park, recovered from the concussion. He was about 100 metres away from the cricket game.

Bolzano is now restricting cricket to tennis courts and a baseball field.

Mayor Renzo Caramaschi said the ban was prompted by an email he had received from the boy's parents about the cricket ball having hit their son.

Italy's small Afghan and Pakistani migrant communities are keen on cricket, but very few Italians play it.

"We will soon make an assessment with representatives of the Pakistani community," Caramaschi was quoted as saying.

Italy's Corriere della Sera daily reported that Brescia, another northern Italian city, banned cricket in public spaces in 2009.

Bolzano is in the mainly German-speaking Alto Adige region, called South Tyrol by German speakers, which has a mountainous border with Austria.

In October 2015, the regional Alto Adige website reported that Bolzano was home to 900 Pakistanis, with another 3,000 in the whole region. The figures for Afghans were 100 and 300, respectively.

Published Date: Sep 13, 2017 | Updated Date: Sep 13, 2017




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