Tributes pour in for Indian expat who died after playing Sharjah cricket match

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Mandeep Singh (inset). SUPPLIED

Tributes have poured in for Indian expat Mandeep Singh who died after playing a cricket match in Sharjah.

“It is with deep sorrow that we mourn the untimely passing of Mandeep Singh, a dedicated player in various cricket leagues across the UAE,” said Naveed Ahmed, Chairman of Superfix Sports.

Singh’s teammates described him as a “fantastic, humble and energetic guy”. “He often played two to three times a week and was enthusiastic about sports, especially cricket. He was our go-man with the ball and the bat,” said his teammate, who requested anonymity.

Singh was playing for Dubai Super Kings against the Titans in a three-hour match that lasted until 11:50pm on Thursday (June 20) when he complained of discomfort during the second innings. He did not return to the field to play after that.

When the match ended, Singh hitched a ride with teammates to head home to Al Nahda in Dubai, but shortly during the ride, the Indian expat started gasping for breath and collapsed in the car. His teammates performed CPR on him until emergency services arrived. He was rushed to Al Daid Hospital where he was declared dead on arrival.

The body is now with the forensic department to determine the exact cause of death, and will be handed over to his family after police clearance. Sing had lived in the UAE in the last 15 years and is survived by his wife and two sons. The Mumbai native worked for a Dubai-based airline. ICA/Expat Media

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