The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) yesterday released an official statement after Indian cricket team fast bowler Mohammed Siraj’s father, Mohammed Ghouse, passed away on Friday.
According to the BCCI statement, BCCI discussed with Mohammed Siraj, and he was offered the option of flying back to India. Still, he has decided to stay with the Indian contingent and continue performing his national duties.
“Team India fast bowler Mohammed Siraj lost his father on Friday after a brief illness. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had a discussion with Siraj, and he was offered the option of flying back and be with his family in this hour of grief,” BCCI said in the statement.
“The fast bowler Siraj has decided to stay with the Indian contingent and continue performing his national duties. The BCCI shares his grief and will be supportive of Siraj in this extremely challenging phase. The BCCI requests the media to accord Siraj and his bereaved family members their space and privacy,” BCCI added further.
BCCI chief Sourav Ganguly appreciates Mohammed Siraj’s strength and called him a ‘tremendous character’ for his decision to stay with the Indian contingent and continue performing his national duties.
Ganguly took to Twitter to wish Siraj and wrote, “May Mohammed Siraj has a lot of strength to overcome this loss and lots of good wishes for his success in this trip… tremendous character.”
Siraj was drafted into India’s Test squad for his outstanding performance in the IPL 2020. Siraj took 11 wickets from nine matches while playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL.
Mohammed Siraj created history by becoming the first bowler ever in the IPL to bowl two maidens in the same match, finishing with 3/8 from four overs against KKR.
The India tour of Australia will commence with three ODIs, three T20Is, and four Tests and all set to begin from November 27 in Sydney.
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