United Cricket Club player Shafiq Sydow dead at 38

Shafiq SydowFile image: Shafiq Sydow.

United Cricket Club are in mourning after the death of player Shafiq Sydow.

Sydow, who also played for Glamorgan Cricket Club and Mitchells Plain Cricket Club, suffered a fatal heart attack earlier this week. He was 38 years old.

“We would like to take this opportunity to convey our sincerest condolences to the family of the late Shafiq Sydow,” read a statement from United Cricket Club.

“Shafiq’s time with us may have been minimal, but he touched the hearts and lives of everyone who had the opportunity to play alongside and against him.

“We can never question the All-Knowing’s timing and his decree, but we take solace in the fact that Shafiq’s duty on this earth has been completed.

“He will always be our brother. May the Almighty raise his status and grant him the highest place in heaven.”

Sydow (right) pictured in June 2012, when he captained Mitchells Plain Cricket Club to the Western Province Cricket Association first division C title. They were also named WPCA Club of the Year for that 2011-12 season.

Sydow’s passing comes in the same month as Atlantis Cricket Club’s Rowland Hermanus, Victoria Cricket Club’s Michael Doman,  Cape Town Cricket Club’s Ian Lewis and Primrose Cricket Club’s Saait Magiet.

In December 2017, former United Cricket Club player JP Enslin was murdered.

Enslin was shot in the back while trying to run away from robbers in Cape Town’s CBD on Thursday evening.