Mohammed Siraj decides to stay back with Team India in Australia after father’s death

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Mohammed Siraj was named in the 18-man squad for the 4-match Test series in Australia.© Twitter


Mohammed Siraj, who is with the Indian squad in Sydney for the upcoming series against Australia, suffered a personal loss when his father died on Friday. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) released a press release on Saturday saying the fast-bowler was given the opportunity to fly back home, but he decided to stay with the team in Australia. Team India fast bowler Mohammed Siraj lost his father on Friday after a short illness. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had a meeting with Siraj and was offered the opportunity to fly back and be with his family in this hours of grief, ”the BCCI said in a press statement.

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“The fast bowler has decided to stay with the Indian contingent and continue his national duties. The BCCI shares his grief and will support Siraj in this extremely challenging phase.”

On Saturday, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly took to Twitter to write a message of condolence for the Hyderabad pacer.

“May Mohammed siraj have great strength to overcome this loss … many good wishes for his success in 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.

“Very sad to hear about the death of Mohammed Siraj’s father. May God give him strength to deal with this loss. My condolences to him and his family,” Raina wrote on Twitter.

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Siraj was not named in the limited overs roster for the upcoming Australia tour, but the 26-year-old managed to land in the 18-man roster for the four-game test series.

The nearly two-month tour kicks off on November 27 with the ODI series. The first test of the four-game series starts on December 17.

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