Calcutta: BCCI Secretary Jay Shah said on Saturday that pacemaker Mohammed Siraj, who lost his father, had been given the opportunity to return home to be with his grieving family, but he decided to stay in Australia to ” national duty “.
Ghouse, who suffered from lung disease, died on Friday. He was 53 years old.
“The Cricket Control Board in India (BCCI) had a discussion with Siraj and was offered the opportunity to come home and be with his family in this hour of mourning,” Shah said in a press release from the BCCI.
“The fast bowler has decided to stay with the Indian contingent and continue to carry out his national duties. BCCI shares their sorrow and will support Siraj in this extremely difficult phase,” Shah added.
Board Chairman Sourav Ganguly took to Twitter to congratulate the Hyderabad stimulator for his resilience and mental courage in this hour of tragedy.
“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.
Ghouse, who was an auto rickshaw driver, was the biggest influence in Siraj’s life as he encouraged him to embark on cricket as a career and took care of all his needs despite limited means.
Siraj first appeared in the limelight with 41 wickets for Hyderabad in the Ranji Trophy, followed by a record Rs 2.6 crore IPL deal with Sunrisers Hyderabad as an uncapped player.
He was only selected for the four-game test series in Australia. If Siraj had chosen to return to India, he would have had to do another 14-day quarantine here in Australia under local government rules upon arrival.
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