The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) released an official statement on Saturday after the father of Indian cricket team Mohammed Siraj’s fast pitcher Mohammed Siraj, Mohammed Ghouse, passed away at the age of 53. returning for his father’s last rites, but the fast bowler chose to stay behind.
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“India’s fast bowler Mohammed Siraj lost his father on Friday after a brief illness. The Cricket Control Board in India (BCCI) had a discussion with Siraj and he was offered the opportunity to fly and be with his family in this hour of mourning, ”said BCCI.
“The fast bowler decided to stay with the Indian contingent and continue in his national duties. BCCI shares its grief and will support Siraj in this extremely difficult phase.
“BCCI calls on the media to grant Siraj and his bereaved family members their space and privacy.”
BCCI chief Sourav Ganguly praised Siraj’s strength and called him a “ formidable character ” for choosing to stay behind and prioritize national duty. “May Mohammed Siraj have a lot of strength to overcome this loss… many good wishes for his success on this journey… a great character,” Ganguly tweeted.
Siraj was drafted into India’s test squad at the end of his IPL 2020 campaign, which saw the fast pitcher, playing for the Royal Challengers Bangalore, take 11 wickets in nine matches. Against Kolkata Knight Riders, Siraj made history by becoming the first IPL bowler to play with two young girls in the same match, finishing with 3/8 on four overs.
The Indian team is currently in the middle of a 14-day quarantine period in Australia and all players have been training in Sydney with an eye on the protocols in place to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic.