Mondli Khumalo of South Africa bowls during the 2020 ICC U19 Cricket World Cup. Photo: BackpagePix

Mondli Khumalo of South Africa bowls during the 2020 ICC U19 Cricket World Cup. Photo: BackpagePix

LATEST: Young SA cricket star ‘stable’ after brain bloodclot removed

Young South African cricket star Mondli Khumalo is said to be ‘stable’ after needing to undergo emergency surgery after an assault.

Mondli Khumalo of South Africa bowls during the 2020 ICC U19 Cricket World Cup. Photo: BackpagePix

Mondli Khumalo of South Africa bowls during the 2020 ICC U19 Cricket World Cup. Photo: BackpagePix

KwaZulu-Natal Inland seamer Mondli Khumalo, who is currently the overseas professional at North Petherton Cricket Club in England, was brutally assaulted in Bridgwater in the early hours of Sunday morning.

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Khumalo has been capped four times at first-class level, while the highly-regarded youngster has also played for South Africa’s Under-19 team.

The youngster was said to have undergone successful surgery on both Sunday and Monday, but in the latest update on Tuesday, it was said that he was going in for emergency surgery.

It’s believed another bloodclot from his brain, but the good news shared on Wednesday morning indicated that he remained stable throughout Tuesday night.

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The police had confirmed that they arrested a suspect, who has subsequently been released on bail.

 “A 20-year-old man was assaulted during this incident and he’s in hospital undergoing treatment after suffering serious head injuries,” a statement read.

“The incident happened at around 3am in the Friarn Street area, and involved a large number of people. A 27-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm.

The police added: “We are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident to come forward, including anyone who either filmed it on a mobile phone, or who may have any relevant dash cam footage.”

The young cricket star suffered severe head injuries 

The cricket club also responded to the news on social media.

“All at North Petherton Cricket Club are in shock at the incident in Bridgwater that has led to our much-loved overseas player Mondli Khumalo being hospitalised in Southmead Hospital in Bristol this morning.

“The matter is now being investigated by the Avon and Somerset Police. We extend our heartfelt support to Mondli for a full and speedy recovery.

“Our hearts go out to his family, friends and colleagues in South Africa. Our thanks to those that helped Mondli, especially the health service staff on scene and at hospital.”

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