Birmingham: Notts Outlaws' pacer Luke Fletcher sustained a terrible injury after batsman Sam Hain's shot struck him in the head during a T20 Blast match at Edgbaston on Saturday.
The incident took place in the fourth over when Birmingham Bears' Hain came down the track and hit a powerful drive straight at Fletcher. The 28-year-old bowler could not evade the ball which struck him in the head causing him to collapse to the ground. He was eventually led out of the field with a towel covering his head before being rushed to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, where he spent a night before getting discharged on Sunday.
The team's physio James Pipe, who stayed with Fletcher at the hospital, said the player was doing fine.
"It looks like he is going to be fine, but we will obviously continue to monitor him very closely. The game has strong emergency care plans in place and I would just like to thank all the staff at Edgbaston as we worked together to implement them. They were amazing in terms of the support they gave and could not have done more. The staff at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital have also been fantastic, too,” he was quoted as saying by The Guardian.
Later, Fletcher took to Twitter and thanked his well-wishers but also said he was disappointed that his team lost the match by six wickets.
Thanks for the messages. Shame about the result. Congrats to the bears!! Time for a few paracetamol 😉
— FLETCH19 (@fletcherluke) July 8, 2017
Fletcher's teammates and opponents were left traumatised by the incident with Samit Patel breaking down on the field — which led Notts coach Peter Moores to counsel the players in the middle of the ground. The players left the ground but after 30 minutes, they came back to finish the game.