Reading Cricket Club have sadly announced the untimely passing of a cherished member and much-loved Reading Cricketer.

25 year-old Azeem Qayyum passed away at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading after experiencing chest pains on the morning of April 14.

In memory of the Reading man, the Cricket Club will be holding one minutes silence at the beginning of each home game on May 7 and May 14.

A memorial tournament will also be held towards the end of the season to raise money for a charity of his family’s choice.

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In their Facebook post, Reading Cricket Club said: “Azeem was a very much-loved player and member at Reading Cricket Club, where he has been for many years. He built some great friendships with other players as well as playing with some of his family members.

“He was also a very kind and principled man, standing up for any situation or person if he felt there was an injustice.

“He had a larger-than-life personality and, when entering the clubhouse, he lit up the room with his presence.”

As well as playing on the 2nd X1 team at Reading Cricket Club, Azeem took part in the winter indoor league for the New Continentals, and was willing to step in for other teams when they were short.

RCC added: “Azeem will be very much missed at the club and it’s a very sad start to the 2022 season for his cricketing family.

“May you Rest in Peace Azeem. You will be very much missed by us all; you may be gone but you will never be forgotten. Sleep well.”

The club have expressed their heartfelt condolences to all his friends and family, who play a big part in the running of Reading Cricket Club, both on and off the field.