ICC statement on passing of umpire Hillel Awasker
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has offered its condolences to the family and friends of Israel umpire and former captain Hillel Awasker, who passed away on Saturday following an injury he suffered while officiating in a domestic match in Ashod, a city south of Tel Aviv.
Born in India, Hillel represented Israel in six editions of the ICC Trophy (the precursor to the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier) – in 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1997 and 2001 – and captained his side during the 1982 and 1997 tournaments. He played 39 ICC Trophy matches, the third-highest amount in ICC Cricket World Cup qualifying tournament history, and scored 355 runs, claimed 21 wickets and took 10 catches.
Hillel most recently represented Israel in European Championship Division 2 in 2006, and was still playing domestic cricket when he qualified to become an umpire.
Hillel was a central figure in Israel cricket for many years, and was well-liked and well-respected throughout the local cricket community.