England news July 7, 2015

Club cricketer dies after ball hits chest

ESPNcricinfo staff

A club cricketer in England has died after being struck on the chest while batting. Bavalan Pathmanathan, 24, was hit while playing in division three of the British Tamil League at Long Ditton recreation grounds in Surrey on Sunday. He had received CPR at the scene and ambulances were called to the ground, including an air ambulance, but he died in hospital.

"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," said a spokesman from South East Coast Ambulance Service. "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."

Pathmanathan played for Manipay Parish Sports Club, who expressed "total shock by his death at this young age."

Surrey chief executive Richard Gould said: "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."

According to British Tamil Cricket League's website, Pathmanabhan was an old student of Hartley College in Jaffna in Sri Lanka.

The issue of player safety was brought to the forefront last year with the death of Phillip Hughes when he was struck by a bouncer. A few days later, an Israeli umpire was killed when he was struck by the ball during a league game.

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  • Cricinfouser on July 9, 2015, 13:45 GMT

    RIP for the young talented cricketer :(

  • Dominic on July 8, 2015, 16:41 GMT

    Really sad to hear.Sincerest condolences to his family

  • Abiram Jerry on July 8, 2015, 14:02 GMT


  • Tom on July 8, 2015, 9:24 GMT

    ON JULY 7, 2015, 17:44 GMT Cricket is not a contact sport, in the last 12 months, we have had about 4-5 different cricketers dying and all of them real young between 18 to 26 I think its time to look at why this is happening and fix the problem. Most of these were freak accidents but the alarming regularity with which its happening tells us that it is not so rare after all.

    It's always happened but theses days the internet means that the whole world hears about it. In the past a club cricketer dying in England would have been in the local paper; it may have been picked up a day or two later by the national press but probably no more than that.

  • Cricinfouser on July 8, 2015, 9:08 GMT

    Rest in peace bavalan. My deep condelences to your family and friends.

  • Adnan on July 7, 2015, 23:41 GMT

    hmmm ... makes me wonder if he had HCM.... Hitting of the ball to the chest was extra to his already young heart going into uncontrolled growth ... this seems like a typical case of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy ... common in all forms of sports players ... occurs at young age and it usually isnt diagnosed until it's late... nevertheless may god rest his soul in peace and give his family the patience to go through such hardship

  • ESPN on July 7, 2015, 22:34 GMT

    Rest in peace bavala... We miss u lots da.. We all were with u da but we couldn't save u we are sorry bavala.. U will be with us forever... Stay in god hand we will see you oneday.. Miss u bavi....

  • hussyy on July 7, 2015, 18:42 GMT

    This should be enough this needs to stop now!! This kinda deaths are preventable and the prevention system must be put out there and make cricketers aware of it!!

  • sushant on July 7, 2015, 18:42 GMT

    Rest in Peace.. Very Tragic accident

  • Farzana Sharif on July 7, 2015, 17:55 GMT

    rest in peace brother......respect from pakistan.

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