Friday 30 September 2016

A British cricketer has died after being struck on the chest by a ball

Published 07/07/2015 | 13:42

Phil Hughes died two days after he was hit on the head by a ball during a game between New South Wales and South Australia
Phil Hughes died two days after he was hit on the head by a ball during a game between New South Wales and South Australia

A British Tamil batsman has died after being struck on the chest by a ball whilst playing in a residential suburb in Surrey over the weekend.

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Bavalan Pathmanathan turned out for Manipay Parish Sports Club (UK) in division three of the British Tamil League on Sunday at Long Ditton recreation grounds, where he received the blow.

He was given CPR and treated by an ambulance as well as air ambulance doctors, but the 24-year-old subsequently passed away from his injuries.

Surrey chief executive Richard Gould added: "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 in the neck by a bouncer last November.

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