Mohammed Siraj declines BCCI’s offer to fly back home following his father’s death

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The pace bowler Mohammed Siraj, who is currently in Sydney with the Indian team for the upcoming tournament against mighty Australia, has lost his father Mohammed Ghouse on Friday. Ghouse aged only 53 when he breathed his last and died due to a lung ailment. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has also issued a press release on Saturday and said that the speedster was given the option to return home but the seamer decided to stay with the team in Australia only.

“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 BCCI said in a media statement.

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“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,” it further added.

Meanwhile, on Saturday, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly took to Twitter and shared a condolence message for the Hyderabad pace bowler as well. “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,” he tweeted.

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On the other hand, former India player Suresh Raina also took to Twitter and shared his condolences to Mohammed Siraj and his family. He tweeted, “Extremely sad to hear about Mohammed Siraj’s father’s demise. May god give him strength to deal with this loss. My condolences to him & his family.”

Meanwhile, Siraj was not included in the limited-overs squads for the upcoming series against Australia but he has been named in the 18-member squad for the upcoming four-match Test series as well. Team India has been undergoing the 14-day mandatory quarantine period and the series will begin with the ODI series, starting on November 27. The first Test of the four-match series will start from December 17 in Adelaide.

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