Mohammed Siraj, who lost his father due to illness was offered the option of returning to India to be with his family in this difficult time, but the pacer declined the option as it was his father’s dream to play for India and win matches.
On Saturday, November 21, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) issued an official statement regarding the passing away of Indian pacer Mohammed Siraj’s father, Mohammed Ghouse on Friday in India.
Mohammed Siraj Is In Australia For 4 Match Test Series And Lost His Father
Mohammed Ghouse was aged 53 and lost the battle to a lung ailment in a hospital in Hyderabad. Mohammed Siraj is in Australia with the Indian contingent for the four-match test series of the Border Gavaskar Trophy, starting from December 17 in Adelaide.
He is the fifth bowling option along with Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav and Navdeep Saini. Veteran pacer Ishant Sharma is also expected and is in line to join the Indian contingent in Australia after passing the fitness test at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru.
Mohammed Siraj’s Grief Shared By BCCI Who Will Support Him
As per a statement released by the secretary of BCCI, Jay Shah, Mohammed Siraj decided to go against the option of flying back to India to be with his family in this difficult time. Instead, the pacer will be continuing his stint in Australia as it was his father’s dream to see him win matches for the Men in Blue.
The statement read – “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.”
Mohammed Siraj, who has so far represented India in 1 One Day International and three T20 Internationals till now, was included in the Indian squad for the red-ball cricket for the first time after his exemplary performance for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the recently concluded 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
In 9 fixtures, the 26-year-old picked 11 wickets at an economy of 8.68 and an average of 21.45. He also bowled one of the most economical spells of the 2020 edition of the T20 extravaganza (3 for 8) in a match against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).
Mohammed Siraj is yet to pick up an ODI wicket but has picked 3 T20I wickets and is yet to play a test match. Mohammed Siraj has picked 39 wickets in 35 games in IPL 2020 averaging 27.79.