BCCI in a statement on Saturday confirmed that pacer Mohammed Siraj, who is currently in Australia with the Indian contingent, was offered to fly back to India after his father’s demise but he decided to continue performing his national duties.
India pacer Mohammed Siraj (L) with Ambati Rayudu (Instagram Image)
- Mohammed Siraj’s father passed away at the age of 53 on Friday
- Board will be supportive of Siraj in this extremely challenging phase: BCCI
- Earlier on Saturday, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly called Siraj a ‘tremendous character’
Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has released an official statement regarding the death of Mohammed Siraj’s 53-year-old father Mohammed Ghouse on Friday. Condoling the demise, the board has stated that the pacer was offered the option of flying back to India and be with his bereaved family but he decided to continue performing his national duties.
In the official release, BCCI secretary Jay Shah on the behalf of the board requested the media to accord Siraj and his bereaved family members their space and privacy.
“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.
“The fast bowler 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 said in its statement.
Earlier on Saturday, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly also condemned the death of Siraj’s father and called the 26-year-old a “tremendous character”.
May Mohammed siraj have a lot of strength to overcome this loss..lots of good wishes for his success in this trip.. tremendous character @bcci
— Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) November 21, 2020
Mohammed Siraj’s father was suffering from a lung ailment. Siraj has got a India call-up after a long period and is in Australia currently, fancying his chance to repesent India after almost 2 years. Once the sad news was revealed to him he was “shocked” and shattered.
The pain was even more agonising for the Hyderabad-born as he could not participate in the last rites of his beloved father. The quarantine rules placed due to the coronavirus pandemic, which continues to run havoc, even a year after the first positive case was found, denied Siraj the chance to see his father for one last time.