“Tremendous character”: Indian fast bowler Mohammed Siraj decided to stay in Australia to ‘perform national duties’ after father’s death, says BCCI


The Indian cricket board has issued a clarification that Team India fast bowler Mohammed Siraj was offered the option of ‘flying back and be with his family’ after his father’s death in Hyderabad, but the IPL hero against Kolkata Knight Riders decided to stay back in Australia to ‘perform his national duties.’

Siraj’s 53-year-old father, Mohammed Ghouse, passed away in Hyderabad on Friday after suffering from a lung ailment.

A statement by the BCCI said, “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 Indian cricket board requested the media to ‘accord Siraj and his bereaved family members their space and privacy.’

Reacting to Siraj’s personal loss, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly tweeted, “May Mohammed siraj have a lot of strength to overcome this loss..lots of good wishes for his success in this trip.. tremendous character.”

Mohammed Siraj had become the first bowler in the history of the Indian Premier League to bowl two back-to-back maidens when he wreaked havoc in the Kolkata Knight Riders camp in the just-concluded IPL competition. Siraj had conceded just eight runs in his quota of four overs and claimed three early wickets of Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana and Tom Banton.

Speaking after the match, Siraj said, “First of all I’m very grateful to Allah for today’s performance. Second, I thank Virat bhaiya, who gave me the new ball. I’ve been practicing a lot with the new ball, but got the opportunity only now. So it felt very good.”