Young South African cricketer Mondli Khumalo is in a coma in Bristol after being attacked outside a pub in Bridgewater on Saturday night. The 20-year-old right-arm pacer was selected for South Africa’s U-19 team during the 2020 World Cup.
According to media reports, the cricketer suffered a brain haemorrhage and underwent two surgeries but is said to be in serious condition.
Kumalo represented North Petherton Cricket Club as part of his first overseas assignment as a professional. According to ESPNcricinfo, the youngster, who signed with South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal Outback, was celebrating his team’s victory last weekend when a shocking incident occurred.
The report added that Kumalo was rendered unconscious after the attack and he received emergency medical treatment. Meanwhile, a 27-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assault.
Arrangements are being made to enable the cricketer’s mother to arrive in the UK. Rob Humphreys, agent for North Petherton Cricket Club and Kumalo, told ESPNcricinfo about Mondley:
“Mondley is such a gentle guy. His mum just can’t understand how something like this could happen to him. Everyone in North Petherton adores him. He’s a real sweet kid. He’s having fun here. Very happy. He bowls really well and he has become such a wonderful part of the club.”
North Petherton Cricket Club has also set up a crowdfunding page in the name of South African cricketers.
Mondli Khumalo’s career so far
As mentioned, Kumalo represented South Africa’s U-19 team at the 2020 World Cup. He played four first-class games, one List A game and four T20s. He has 11 wickets in first class cricket and two in T20.