Two young Bangladesh cricketers have recently lost their lives by lightning on Thursday. The cricketers were Mohammad Nadim and Mizanur Rahman, as named by officials. The incident happened when they were playing football at a stadium in Gaza outside Dhaka when the lightning struck.
While rain had put on a halt their cricket training and the players started playing football in between and that is when the lightning hit both of them. However, this is not new as every year many people lose their lives owing to this in monsoon between April and October in Bangladesh. Moreover, the death toll has reached nearly 350 due to lightning in Bangladesh as well.
“All of a sudden… lightning struck and I saw three boys collapse on the field,” witness Mohammad Palash said to AFP. “Other players rushed to them and took them to a nearby hospital. Later two of them died.”
Cricket coach Anwar Hossain Liton has said that both Mohammad Nadim and Mizanur Rahman were preparing for their trial to secure a place in the tournament. On the other hand, lightning has already been declared a natural disaster in the country after 82 people were killed due to it on a single day way back in May 2016. Even, Bangladesh’s non-profit network Disaster Forum has said that nearly 350 have died this year due to this as well.
On the other hand, international cricket has returned after a long imposed lockdown break owing to the global pandemic novel coronavirus. Even the 13th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) which was earlier scheduled to take place in March but couldn’t be hosted owing to the COVID-19, is all set to be played in the UAE from September 19 across three venues whereas the league will conclude on November 10.
However, there are some setbacks as well where 13 members of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) were affected by the deadly virus alongside a member of the BCCI’s medical team who is currently in UAE for the upcoming cash-rich league has tested positive by the deadly COVID-19 as well.
Even, the famous franchise of Indian Premier League (IPL) Rajasthan Royals is supposed to not get the services of the all-rounder Ben Stokes during the first half of the league as the World Cup winner has been staying in New Zealand with his ill father Ged.
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