Former national youth batsman Shivnanand Madholall passed away on Friday last after a brief period of illness. He was 30. Shivnanand contracted dengue fever and was a patient at the Suddie Hospital.
Shivnanand will be cremated later this week.
The left-hander represented Guyana and Essequibo with distinction during the late 90s and early 2000s.
Shivnanand comes from a family with a rich cricketing history. His brothers Rovendra, Ravendra and Narendra all represented Essequibo at the Inter-County level. Rovendra went on to play for Guyana.
Former Essequibo Inter-county skipper Elroy Stephney said he was shocked to hear of Madholall’s passing. Further, he related that Shivanandan was a talented player and had mentioned his desire to make a comeback.
“It is indeed sad to learn about his sudden passing. Recently we had a chat and he spoke enthusiastically about his comeback in the game after a break due to family and work commitments,” Stephney related.
Shivanandan’s elder brother Rovendra, who lives in Canada, also expressed sadness and felt he could have been a fine cricketer once he was willing to come back on the scene.
“I am devastated with the news that my younger brother passed away; it was very shocking for our family and by extension the cricketing fraternity. Playing cricket with him and teaching him some basics and then he went on to play for Guyana. I still think he could have done more for his county and his country,” Rovendra said.
Over the past two years, Shivanandan had been a dominant softball player representing Cotton Field.
He leaves to mourn his father, mother, siblings, wife and two children, ages three years and four months.