India vs England, 2nd T20I: Hosts wear black armbands in memory of U-19 trainer, Shami's father

Nagpur: Indian players stepped into the VCA Stadium wearing black armbands as a mark of respect to the deceased India U-19 team fitness trainer Rajesh Sawant and father of speedster Mohammed Shami in Nagpur on Sunday.

India were playing England in the second T20 International.

India skipper Virat Kohli wearing a black arm-band on his left arm during the 2nd T20I. Image courtesy: BCCI official Twitter account

Virat Kohli wearing a black arm-band on his left arm during the 2nd T20I. Image courtesy: BCCI official Twitter account

Sawant was found dead in a private hotel in Mumbai this morning, police said. It is suspected that he may have died due to cardiac arrest, they added.

Sawant was even part of the Rest of India (ROI) side that beat Gujarat in the Irani Cup last week. Sawant was supposed to report for training ahead of the U-19 side's first ODI against England on 30 January, but didn't show up.

Two days ago, Shami's father Tousif Ali had passed away after suffering a heart attack, forcing the cricketer to leave his rehab with the T20 team and rush to Amroha.

The pacer's father had been hospitalised since 5 January when he had first suffered a heart attack.


Updated Date: Jan 29, 2017 21:57 PM

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