Namibia cricketer Raymond van Schoor dies aged 25 after suffering stroke during match

Bengaluru, Nov 21: Namibia's wicketkeeper-batsman Raymond van Schoor passed away on Friday (November 20), five days after suffering a stroke during a cricket match in Windhoek. He was 25.

"Namibia international Raymond Van Schoor has tragically passed away at the age of 25, just five days after he collapsed whilst playing a match for Namibia in Windhoek," the International Cricket Council (ICC) said today (November 21) in a media release.

A file picture of Raymond. Photo from ICC's Twitter page

"Raymond Van Schoor played more than 200 times for his country and played for Namibia in both the recent ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier in 2015 as well as Namibia's most recent ICC Intercontinental Cup match against Ireland in Windhoek," it added.

Last Sunday (November 15), Raymond suffered a stroke while playing for Namibia against Free State in a CSA Provincial One-Day Challenge game.

The right-handed batsman was batting on 15 and retired hurt in hot conditions, according to reports. He was shifted to a hospital from the ground and was in ICU.

Raymond played 92 first-class, 103 List A (50 overs) and 70 Twenty20s. He scored over 8,000 runs across all 3 formats.

The President of Cricket Namibia, Richard Frankle, with "deep regret", said Raymond was "taken far too early from us".

"It is with deep regret and sorrow that I announce the passing of Raymond van Schoor at 19h17 Namibian time on Friday the 20th November 2015. On behalf of Cricket Namibia, I express my most sincere condolences to the entire Van Schoor and La Cock families. Raymond was a tremendous asset to Cricket Namibia and the National Cricket Team.

"He was taken far too early from us. We however accept that Almighty God needed him to represent the Heavenly Angels! May his soul rest in peace!," Frankle said in a statement.

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