Wednesday, July 6, 2022

South African cricketer Mondley Kumalo in a coma after being attacked outside UK pub

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.

What a sick world we live in! 😑 Please pray for my teammate Mondli Khumalo! πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»β€οΈπŸ˜ He is fighting for his life in a UK hospital after he was brutally beaten when he was out at night. https://t.co/94MrXhArs4

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.”

All at North Petherton Cricket Club are devastated by the events in Bridgewater which saw our beloved overseas player Mondley Kumalo hospitalised at Southmead Hospital in Bristol this morning. More details on our Facebook and Instagram https://t.co/jbEggyHF0j

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.


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