Former Israel captain Hillel Oscar was killed on Saturday during a cricket match in Ashod, 32 kilometres south of Tel Aviv.
The incident ocurred during the final match of Israel's league season.
According to several spectators at the match, Oscar, 55, now an international cricket umpire, was hit in the upper body by a cricket ball and collapsed while umpiring the match. Responding paramedics discovered he had no pulse. He was rushed to Barzilai Medical Center in nearby Ashkelon where he was pronounced dead.
"The cricket family bows its head over the passing of Hillel Oscar, Naor Gudkar, CEO of the Israeli Cricket Association said Saturday. "This is a tragedy for his family and for cricket in Israel.
"This is a 'one-in-amillion' accident. It happened a few days ago to an Australian player and I don't know how it has arrived at our doorstep."
"I'm sure world cricket will look into what happened last week and we will also investigate the incident, but I'm not sure there was anything we could have done as we act according to all the rules and regulations," the Israeli cricket chief said.
The Israeli tragedy comes just two days after Australian Test cricketer Phillip Hughes was hit by a cricket ball during a game at the Sydney Cricket Ground two days earlier.
It is unusual; for umpires to be injured or killed by cricket balls. They do not have the protection of cricket helmets due to the rarity of their involvement in incidents. The most recent fatality involving an umpire was four years ago in 2010 when a 72-year-old Welsh cricket umpire was killed when struck by a ball in the head.