The family of deceased Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes have given a nod to Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) plans to give a unique tribute to the batsman by placing his bat and attire at the top of Mt Everest.
The CAN has proposed the Cricket Australia to pay tribute to Hughes by placing one of the bats that Hughes used and his attire at the Mt Everest – the highest peak in the world apart from playing a 63-over tribute match at the TU Stadium.
In a report on Australia’s The Daily Telegraph, it has been said that: “Phillip Hughes’ family has given their blessing to an initiative proposed by the Cricket Association of Nepal to play a 63-over tribute match in the country and place a bat at the top of Mt Everest in honour of the former Test batsman.”
“Cricket Australia is working with their Nepalese counterparts to make the plan happen in the next climbing season in March and April, with an Australian cricketer set to travel and skipper one of the two sides against a team led by the Nepal national captain,” the online version of the newspaper adds.
“Hughes’ family won’t have any official involvement in the tribute revealed by Cricket Australia Chairman Wally Edwards at an MCG lunch, but they’ve given it their full support,” it further reads.
A South Australia cricketer Hughes – who was felled by a bouncer that struck the base of his skull during a Sheffield Shield Four-day First Class game against New South Wales – died on November 27 succumbing to the injuries he received on November 25.
Meanwhile, CAN Chief Executive Officer Bhawana Ghimire said the Australian cricket governing body is positive with the initiative and she will now work forward in coordinating with the concerned authorities.
“We are yet to get a final confirmation from Cricket Australia but since the tribute goes for a man whose death stunned the whole world and sent cricketing world into grief, we are hopeful that it is going to happen,” said Ghimire.
“We will move ahead by coordinating with the Ministry for Tourism and Civil Aviation, Tourism Division and Nepal Tourism Board along with other concerned authorities,” a statement in a release from the CEO reads.