A memorial service was held yesterday at Memon Association Hall in south London for Bavalan Pathmanathan who died when he was hit by a ball during a match last week.
The 24-year-old died last Sunday evening (5th July) whilst he was playing for Manipay Parish Sports Club in Long Ditton, despite efforts by ambulance doctors who had given him CPR and treated him.
The National Cricket Conference took to their Twitter account to send their condolences tweeting: “So tragic to hear of the death of young cricketer, Bavalan Pathmanathan whilst playing in Surrey last Sunday. Our thoughts are with 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,” Surrey chief executive Richard Gould said.
A statement from the British Tamils Cricket League said: “We are deeply shocked and saddened by the tragic death of our fellow cricketer Bavalan Pathmanathan.
His untimely loss has left a devastating effect on our member clubs and on our cricket community as a whole. We would like to express our sincere condolences to the members of his family and friends.”
The death has re-ignited the debate over whether players at all levels should be made to wear safety equipment.