Mondli Khumalo is in a stable condition after being assaulted outside a pub in Bridgwater, Somerset, last Sunday.
The 20-year-old seamer and his North Petherton teammates had been out celebrating their win over Chard.
Khumalo, who played for South Africa at the U19 World Cup two years ago, is the club’s overseas professional.
His mother, Sibongile, told Sport24 she was shocked at the extent of the assault.
“I don’t want to lie. I’m in so much pain and I really didn’t expect this to happen to my son. I really didn’t,” she said.
“My heart is broken, and I really don’t know what to do. I ask myself what Mondli said or did that led to him being at the end of such a brutal assault.
“I mean, he’s had two operations from this. It can’t sink in and I’m in so much pain.”
The KwaZulu-Natal Inland Cricket Union is set to fund Sibongile’s trip to England to see her son, who was known as the ‘uMlazi Express’ while at Maritzburg College.
“He’s stable now and he’s much better at this point,” KNZ Inland CEO Jason Sathiaseelan told the website. “Because he’s young, the surgeon is quite confident that he’ll make a full recovery from this assault.”
Avon and Somerset police confirmed that a 27-year-old suspect had been arrested in connection with the assault.