In a terrible incident that brought back memories of Phillip Hughes’s death late last year, a young cricketer passed away following complications after being hit by a ball in Surrey on Sunday (July 5).

Bavalan Pathmanathan, 24, was playing for Manipay Parish SC (UK) in Division Three of the British Tamil League when he was struck on the chest by the ball at Long Ditton recreation grounds. Although CPR was administered immediately and he was treated by air ambulance doctors, Bavalan subsequently passed away due to the injury.

Surrey County Cricket Club shared the sadness and shock that the tragic incident had caused, both within the county’s wider cricketing community and the Tamil community cricket 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,” said Richard Gould, the Surrey CCC Chief Executive.

Bavalan, originally from Sri Lanka, was a former student of the Hartley College in Jaffna.