Members of the local softball fraternity were among those that bid farewell to former player Khalid ‘Bilal’ Haslim. Haslim passed away on September 4 at Dr. Balwant Singh’s hospital due to a cardiac arrest and was laid to rest on Thursday last at the Ogle Cemetery, East Coast Demerara.
Members of the Georgetown Softball Cricket League (GSCL) Inc., Guyana Floodlight Softball Cricket Association (GFSCA) as well and players from several teams including Regal Masters and Open, Wellman Masters, Park Rangers, Fisherman, Muslim Youth Organisation (MYO) and Ogle CC gathered to pay their final respect at MYO, Woolford Avenue and Ogle Jamaat.
President of the GSCL Inc Ian John, in his remark extended condolences to the family on behalf of the organisation and the entire softball fraternity.
John said that the sport of softball has lost a great talent. He informed that Haslim played for city side Regal in several competitions and performed consistently well. John added that Haslim was set to travel with Regal to participate in the annual Florida Cup last March but due to the ongoing COVID-19, the three-day softball tournament was cancelled.
John stated that Haslim was a true lover of the sport and had assisted with the staging of several tournaments including the Prime Minister’s T20 Cup, and noted that his services will surely be missed.
Anil Beharry of the GFSCA said they are saddened at his passing and extended condolences to the family. He recalled Haslim as an excellent ambassador of the sport and jovial person. Journalist John Ramsingh said Haslim always wanted to see the development of cricket and was willing to render assistance when called upon.
Haslim played hardball cricket for the Georgetown Cricket Club and also represented MYO and Ogle Cricket Club.
Haslim started his softball career for Park Rangers before representing Mike’s Pharmacy under the Guyana Softball Cricket Association. He would have featured in the Guyana Softball league nation-wide GT&T ten-ten tournament and also turned out for Demerara Inter-county softball team.
Haslim was from Industry, ECD. He was 41 and left to mourn his wife Sunita Haslim, brother Wasim, a former GCC player, Sister Tasleema Haslim-Stanley along with his parents.
Tasleema-Stanley, in her remarks, declared that the family ‘is very saddened’ of her brother’s death but took the opportunity to express gratitude for all the support showed during this time.
Following a ceremony and Ṣalāt al-Janāzah (Islamic funeral prayer) at the Ogle Jamaat, players formed a bat arch as the remains of Haslim was taken to the Ogle cemetery.
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