Calls for defibrillators at all sports grounds after amateur cricketer dies of heart attack

An amateur cricketer died of a heart attack on the field on Saturday, leading friends and fellow players to call for mandatory defibrillators at all sports grounds.

Maqsood Anwar, 45, fell ill while bowing at a home game at Sully Centurions Cricket Club in South Wales. His teammates called the emergency services but the father of two, known as Max, could not be revived.

Friend Zia Gelhan said: "Max bowled four overs, got a bit of pain in his chest and said he didn’t feel well – he thought he had heatstroke and an ambulance was called. Then he collapsed. If he had known the symptoms, it would have been different.

"Maqsood was one of the tallest and friendliest of men – he didn’t smoke, he didn’t drink, he was just one of the kindest of men.

"The ambulance was there and they confirmed it was a heart attack. They tried to revive him but it was too late. He passed away doing what he loved doing – playing cricket.

"There should be a defibrillator on site, they could have had the machine on him. If clubs can afford covers, this should be funded too."

Sully Centurions Cricket Club is holding a meeting on Monday to discuss setting up a memorial in his name.

The club said: "Sully Centurions Cricket Club is mourning the passing of one of our players. Both the family and members of the club are grieving and we would ask all to respect their privacy at this difficult time."

A separate statement from the Barry Athletic Cricket Club said: "Maqsood was a popular stalwart of the Barry Athletic Cricket Club, a much respected and well-liked man and cricketer. He had a quiet and calm demeanour and served the club with distinction for more than 15 years.

"As a player but even more so as a team-mate and friend, Max, as he was known, will be missed by all at the club. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this sad time."

Friend Nathan Baker said: "I think it’s now time for all sporting venues to be provided with defibrillators. A true gentleman was taken away far too soon today at cricket, a man who I had the pleasure to call a friend. RIP Maqsood Anwar."
 

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