State teams, coaches, and support staff observed a minute of silence as a token of homage to Murtaza Lodhgar.© Twitter
Former Bengal left-handed spinner and Mizoram U-19 head coach Murta Zarodger died of cardiac arrest in Bishaka Putnam on Friday night, confirmed Abishek Darmiya, president of the Cricket Association Bengal. At the start of BCCI’s domestic season, 45-year-old Lodhgar was in the port city with Mizolam Colts, who was set to play the league phase of Vinoo Mankad Trophy (U-19 National One Dayers). “The tragedy happened shortly after the supper. Murtz Bai (known in the Bengal circle) went for a walk after the supper and suddenly felt a great chest pain and fell down the road. The physiotherapist and others Team members immediately took him to the hospital and were declared dead late Friday, “Dalmiya told PTI.
“I still can’t believe that Murtsbai is gone. It’s a personal loss to me because he was one of the pillars of Rajasthan SC in the 1st Division Club. He is the most beloved of our fraternity. One of the cricketers and an outstanding women’s team. It’s an irreparable loss. “
The Bengal Cricket Association is trying to arrange for his family to bring his body to the city for burial. Cricket’s family is flying to Vizag on Saturday.
Lodhgar was a strong performer of club cricket, but due to the presence of the domestic giant Utpal Chatterjee, he played only nine 34-wicket Ranji Trophy games.
One of the highlights of his short first-class career was the transportation of five wickets to Karnataka on the JU (Salt Lake) ground in the 2004-05 season.
He played a few more games that season, but didn’t get a consistent opportunity because he was on the other side of his thirties and was a bit favored by top-level cricket.
“My friend was too early,” tweeted former Bengal captain Deep Dasgupta.
He was a regular in the lively club cricket scene in England. But friends and applicants will always remember him as a smiling and humble person.
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