Mohammed Siraj has been named to the 18-man squad for the 4-game test series in Australia.© Twitter
Mohammed Siraj, who is in Sydney with the Indian team for the next series against Australia, suffered a personal loss when his father passed away on Friday. The Cricket Control Council in India (BCCI) issued a press release on Saturday and said the fast bowler was given the option to return home, but he decided to stay with the team in Australia. Team India’s fast bowler Mohammed Siraj lost his father on Friday after a brief illness. The Cricket Control Board of India (BCCI) had a discussion with Siraj and was offered the opportunity to return and to be with his family at this hour of grief, ”BCCI said in a press release.
“The fast bowler has decided to stay with the Indian contingent and continue in his national duties. BCCI shares his grief and will support Siraj in this extremely difficult phase.”
On Saturday, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly took to Twitter to write a condolence message for the Hyderabad Stimulator.
May Mohammed siraj have a lot of strength to overcome this loss … many good wishes for his success on this journey … great character @bcci
– Sourav Ganguly (@ SGanguly99) November 21, 2020
“May Mohammed siraj have a lot of strength to overcome this loss … many good wishes for his success on this journey … great character @bcci,” Ganguly tweeted.
Former Indian cricketer Suresh Raina also took to Twitter to offer his condolences to Mohammed Siraj and his family.
Extremely sad to learn of the disappearance of Mohammed Siraj’s father. May God give him the strength to face this loss. My condolences to him and his family.
– Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) November 21, 2020
“Extremely sad to learn of the disappearance of Mohammed Siraj’s father. May God give him the strength to face this loss. My condolences to him and his family,” Raina wrote on Twitter.
Siraj has not been named to the limited squads for the upcoming Australia tour, but the 26-year-old has managed to secure a spot on the 18-man squad for the four-game test series.
The nearly two-month tour will kick off with the ODI series, starting November 27. The first test of the four-game series begins on December 17.
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