It was with great sadness that we learned of the death of Shujaat Rajput from the effects of COVID-19 on 20 April. A long-serving and inspiring character, Raja has been such a strong
and positive influence at the club and a well-known figure across the Hertfordshire Leagues.
Born in Kampala, Uganda on 27 February 1956, Raja arrived with his family in the UK as a young man and his great cricketing ability and love of the game was immediately clear. As his teammates recalled, he quickly moved through the adult teams into the club’s 1st XI and for many years delighted the club with his brilliant all round game.Many was the occasion when Raja would sit in the club bar after a game, often still in his whites with a coke in his hand, after another excellent performance, the life and soul of the club and often among the last to leave. He was a great example to new generations of cricketers joining the club, giving hints and tips and encouragement to all. When his playing career ended, Raja served the club with distinction as umpire for the 1st XI, continuing his
acquaintance and friendship with players and officials throughout the Hertfordshire League.
We remember Raja as a true gentleman with such knowledge of the game, respected by teammates and opponents alike, and always ready to encourage and share his experience with others. Our deepest condolences to Farhat, Saim and his whole family, he will be fondly remembered but greatly missed by so many of us.