Parents and KES pupils wait outside the Milpark Hospital Trauma Unit where nine school boys treated after they were struck by lightning. Picture: Dumisani Sibeko

Johannesburg – Cricket SA (CSA) has sent best wishes to the nine pupils of King Edward VII High School (KES) who were seriously injured when struck by lightning in Johannesburg on Tuesday afternoon.

The boys, all members of the school's first XI cricket team, were putting the covers on the pitch when they were struck.

“We are deeply saddened by this tragic event,” CSA acting chief executive Jacques Faul said in a statement on Wednesday.

“The boys are very much in our thoughts and in our prayers, and we send best wishes not only to them for a full recovery, but to the school community as well.”

Proteas captain Graeme Smith, a former pupil of the school, also sent best wishes on behalf of the national team.

“It's an unfortunate tragedy that has happened to the KES boys,” Smith said.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to their loved ones and families during this difficult and sad time. The Proteas would like to wish the nine boys a speedy recovery, and we hope to see them back on the cricket field as soon as possible.” – Sapa