Namibia’s wicket keeper batsman Raymond van Schoor has died after suffering a sunstroke during a match in Windhoek, located in central Namibia. He was 25. Van Schoor was batting on 15 during Namibia’s five-wicket win over Free State in a Cricket South Africa (CSA) Provincial One-Day Challenge match. He collapsed on the ground and was taken to a local hospital.

Van Schoor never recovered since he hospitalised. He was declared dead on Friday night. Cricket Namibia president Richard Frankle paid homage to Van Schoor in a  written statement announcing the tragic news.

“Raymond was a tremendous asset to Cricket Namibia and the national cricket team,” Frankle said. “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!”

Van Schoor was the foundation of the Namibia batting line up since he made his national debut during a Cricket South Africa Provincial One-Day Challenge against North West at the age of 17 in 2007. In the same week, the right-handed batsman made his first-class debut against Canada in the International Cup. He opening the innings scored 46 and 2 in an eight-wicket victory.

 

Overall, he played 92 first class matches, scoring 4303 runs at 27.40 run average, including five centuries and 20 half centuries with a career best 157 in 2010 against Bermuda in the ICC International Shield. Across the formats, he scored 8471 runs for Namibia in over 265 matches.

Schoor at the age of 22 was named the player of the Tournament at the ICC World T20 qualifier in the UAE after topping the averages with 324 runs at 54.00. His scored his career best 79 against the USA in the same tournament. He was adjudged Man of the Match for three times  against the USA, Uganda and Italy. His prolific form helped Namibia to earn 7 successive victories before losing to Afghanistan and Ireland in the knockout stage.

Van Schoor was rewarded for his batting form as he was named 2012 Cricketer of the Yaer by the Cricket Namabia. He was also served the country as vice captain and captain for Namibia in the Past in 40 matches, including the 2012 and 2012-2013 Cricket South Africa Provincial One-Day Challenge and Three Day Cup Competitions.