Former Bengal spinner and Mizoram U-19 coach Murtaza Lodhgar passes away at just 45

Former Bengal spinner and Mizoram U-19 coach Murtaza Lodhgar passes away at just 45
Former Bengal spinner and Mizoram U-19 coach Murtaza Lodhgar passes away at just 45

Former Bengal spinner and Mizoram U-19 coach Murtaza Lodhgar passes away at just 45: Former Bengal spinner and Mizoram U-19 head coach Murtaza Lodhgar has passed away, Cricket Association Bengal president Avishek Dalmiya confirmed.

The 45-year-old was the coach of Mizoram colts who were set to appear in the league phase of the Vinoo Mankad Trophy (U-19 National One Dayers). “It is a shocker of news. Murtaza was a perfect example of a gentleman cricketer. A very well behaved and disciplined individual he was doing very well as a coach. CAB is coordinating with the Cricket Association of Mizoram to get his mortal remains flown to Kolkata,” CAB President Dalmiya said in an official statement.

Former Bengal spinner and Mizoram U-19 coach Murtaza Lodhgar passes away at just 45

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“The Association flag will remain half-mast tomorrow in his honour and a minute’s silence will be observed before both the games and players will wear a black tape to mourn his death and remember his undefeated spirit,” he added.

CAB Secretary Snehashis Ganguly said: “It is sad and shocking. Today I lost a brother. It is hard to believe that our Luttu is no more. He was just 45. I was thinking the other day about how to bring him back to Bengal cricket. Life is uncertain. This is no age to lose a cricketer and gentleman like him. My heartfelt condolences to his family.”

Former Bengal spinner and Mizoram U-19 coach Murtaza Lodhgar passes away at just 45

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Murtaza had played nine Ranji Trophy games in which he had scalped 34 wickets. He had also taken a five-wicket haul against Karnataka at the Salt Lake ground in the 2004-05 season.