South African fast bowler Lungi Ngidi is expected to head back to home from the Indian Premier League (IPL) following his father’s sudden shock death on Friday.
Lungi’s father Jerome Ngidi passed away at a KwaZulu-Natal hospital and is survived by his wife, Bongi, and four sons of which Ngidi is the youngest. The sudden death of Lungi Ngidi’s father has shaken Cricket South Africa (CSA).
“Cricket South Africa is shocked and deeply saddened by the passing away of Mr Ngidi. We would like to extend our most sincere condolences to Lungi and his family. May the Lord be with him and comfort the rest of the Ngidi family during this difficult time,” said CSA president, Chris Nenzani.
Chennai Super Kings’s seamer Lungi Ngidi was yet to play a game for the team this season but now heads home after the tragic incidence.
The release quoted CSA acting chief executive Thabang Moroe as saying: “I am taking this moment to pass my condolences to the Ngidi family.
“It has to be even more difficult to lose a father figure at such a young age for Lungi.May the soul of Mr Ngidi rest peacefully.” Jerome Ngidi‚ who recently had back surgery‚ died on Friday.
Ngidi’s father was an ardent sports enthusiast and a major cricket fan. He was present at the ground on the occasion of his son Ngidi’s debut against India earlier this season.
Ngidi picked up a career-best 6/39 against India at Centurion and his father who was present at the stadium on that day was proud of it.
Confirming the sad turn of events, Titans CEO Jacques Faul spoke to Times Live and said, “I can confirm the sad news and our deepest condolences go to his family and friends. As a cricket family‚ we will assist wherever we can at this difficult time for the family.”