Italian city bans cricket in parks after 2-yr-old hit by ball

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.

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.

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