Cricketer dies after being hit on chest in British Tamil League match

  • Agencies, London
  • Updated: Jul 08, 2015 09:26 IST

A 24-year-old British Tamil batsman died after being hit by a ball on the chest while playing for Manipay Parish Sports Club in division three of the British Tamil League.

Bavalan Pathmanathan was playing at the Long Ditton recreation grounds on Sunday when he received the blow.

"We were called to Windmill Lane, Long Ditton, to reports that a man in his 20s had been injured by a cricket ball striking his chest," a spokesman from South East Coast Ambulance Service was quoted as saying by the on Tuesday.

"We sent an ambulance and two cars to the scene along with an ambulance from the London Ambulance Service and the air ambulance also. The man was treated at the scene and then taken to Kingston hospital in a life-threatening condition," he added.

Pathmanathan's teammate, who was batting at the other end, said he initially looked alright after being hit before collapsing on the field. "When he received the hit I asked from the other end if he is alright. He gave a thumb-up and nodded to indicate he was alright, while pressing his chest," the teammate was quoted as saying by the Colombo Mirror.

"He took a couple of steps behind the stumps and collapsed. He was such a talented and composed cricketer and a darling friend of all of us. Every one of us is going through terrible pain as a result of this terrible loss," he added.

Pathmanathan was given Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and was treated in an ambulance but he died from the injuries, reported.

Manipay Parish SC on their Facebook page posted: "Our cricketer Bavalan Pathmanathan is no longer with us. He was hit by the ball on his chest while batting. Our club was totally shocked by his death at this young age."

Surrey chief executive Richard Gould expressed grief at the sad news and offered his condolences to Pathmanathan's family.

"Everyone at the club has been deeply saddened to learn of Bavalan's death and would like to extend their sympathies to his family, friends and everyone who knew him from within the community of cricket."

"Batsmen's safety on the field of play has been a topic of conversation in recent months following the death of former Australia international Phillip Hughes, who was struck on the neck by a bouncer last November."

According to British Tamil League's website, Pathmanathan studied in a college in Jaffna, Sri Lanka.

Last year, Australian batsman Phillip Hughes died after being hit on the head by a bouncer during a domestic match.

In India, Bengal batsman Ankit Keshri died in April this year after an on-field collision sustained during a domestic match.

(With inputs from IANS and PTI)


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