Most members of the Namibia team and Cricket Namibia officials were present at Mediclinic Hospital in their country’s capital city of Windhoek when Raymond van Schoor, the young Namibian all-rounder breathed his last on Friday.

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The 25-year-old Raymond was playing a match against Free State on November 15 when he fell on the ground due to a brain stroke and was rushed to hospital in an ambulance. “Raymond had a cerebral infarction which means he had a blood-clot in his brain. Had he survived, he would have had brain damage which would have left him paralysed,” revealed team physio Janine Snyman, who is also a good friend of the Schoor family.

“Only two members were allowed in the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) but when the news was first broken to the family by the treating neurologist (Dr Vaja Zatjirua). I was there, trying to support the whole family,” she added.

“He is very, very sick. Please pray for his recovery,” Raymond’s father Melt van Schoor, who played five ODIs for his country, had said before his son’s death on Friday.

“Raymond (he was also affectionately called Razor) dedicated his life to cricket, and although he was a fighter in every sense, he remained a true gentleman of the game. His best years in the sport certainly were to come,” Snyman said.