aymond van Schoor was on Sunday hospitalised as he suffered a brain stroke and collapsed on the field, during a CSA Provincial One-Day Challenge match at Windhoek © Getty Images
Raymond van Schoor suffered a brain stroke and collapsed on the field, during a CSA Provincial One-Day Challenge match at Windhoek © Getty Images

Namibia cricketer Raymond van Schoor was on Sunday hospitalised as he suffered a brain stroke and collapsed on the field, during a CSA Provincial One-Day Challenge match at Windhoek. The cricketer was said to be in coma, but Cricket Namibia has confirmed that he was in ICU after suffering a brain stroke. Van Schoor was batting during Namibia’s match against Free State, when he went back to the pavilion retired hurt and was rushed to the hospital. It was revealed in the scans that van Schoor suffered brain stroke and was shifted to ICU on Wednesday. Cricket Namibia has confirmed this story.

Cricket Namibia president Francois Erasmus said told ESPNCricinfo, “Raymond suffered a stroke on Sunday whilst playing for Namibia in the CSA competition against Free State. There were some complications last night as a result of which he was transferred to ICU. His condition is serious but he is not in a coma. His condition is being monitored closely. The next 48 hours will be vital and we can only but pray that his health will improve significantly over the next few days.”

The 25-year-old cricketer Van Schoor walked out to bat in the 35th over and had reached 15 off 16 balls when he complained of dizziness and headache to his teammate Nicolaas Scholtz, and asked for water to be brought on field. Scholtz said, “He took a sip or two and the next moment he stumbled over. I caught him in my arms.”

The CEO of Cricket Namibia, Donavan Zealand said it was assumed that van Schoor had retired hurt due to the weather. “[He was taken] straightaway to the hospital. He was admitted and then he went for scans and yesterday he was admitted in the ICU because there was some swelling on the brain,” Zealand said.

He continued, “It was hot and we all assumed it was because of dehydration and the heat. Therefore we rushed him straight to the hospital because we didn’t know what was the case. It was only after they’d done the scans that they realised he suffered a mild stroke in the brain.”

Raymond is the son of former Namibia cricketer Raymond van Schoor, who played five One-Day Internationals (ODIs) in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2003, which was held in South Africa.