The Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA) has expressed great sadness over the death of Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes. “I have been in contact with a number of players and players’ associations around the world who have all expressed shock and sadness over Phil’s death. Phil was a popular and respected cricketer not only in Australia and amongst Australian players but also amongst other players around the world. I speak on behalf of the world’s professional cricketers in saying what a tragic loss this is of a young man who would have had many years of international cricket ahead of him,” said FICA Executive Chairman, Tony Irish.
“We would like to express our heartfelt condolences to Phil’s family, especially his mother, Virginia, his father, Greg, and his sister and brother, Megan and Jason,” Irish concluded. Born in Macksville, New South Wales, Hughes made his Test debut against South Africa in Johannesburg in 2009 and in only his second Test match, in Durban, he became the youngest cricketer to score two centuries in a Test. Hughes played 26 Test matches (scoring 1,535 runs, including three centuries), 25 One-Day Internationals (scoring 826 runs, including two centuries) – most recently in the victory over Pakistan in Abu Dhabi in October – and one T20 International.