Mizoram’s U-19 coach and former Bengal left-arm spinner, Murtaza Lodhgar, has died of cardiac arrest on September 17, Friday in Visakhapatnam. Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) President Avishek Dalmiya confirmed the news to PTI.
Lodhgar was out with the Mizoram Colts in Visakhapatnam to play in the league phase two of the Vinoo Mankad Trophy. This is part of BCCI‘s domestic season which is scheduled to commence very soon. However, the unfortunate news was revealed by Dalmiya, confirming that Lodhgar had passed away at the age of 45.
“The tragedy happened just after dinner. Murtu Bhai (as he was known in Bengal circles) along with the team’s physio went out for an after-dinner walk and suddenly felt enormous chest pain and fell on the road,” Dalmiya said.
The physio along with other team members rushed him to the nearest hospital. He was declared brought dead late on Friday night. The CAB is making arrangements for the family to bring his remains for the final rites.
“It’s an irreparable loss” – Avishek Dalmiya on Murtaza Lodhgar’s death
Murtaza Lodhgar was a talented cricketer who was devoid of chances despite performing well in club cricket. He only played nine Ranji matches where he picked up 34 wickets. Lack of consistent chances meant he failed to make it to the top level in cricket.
“I still can’t believe that Murtu Bhai is no more. It is a personal loss for me as he was one of the pillars of our family-run first division club Rajasthan SC. He was one of the most loved cricketers in our fraternity and also worked with our women’s team with distinction. It’s an irreparable loss,” Dalmiya added.
His career lasted from 1997-2007 where he played a total of 10 first-class games for Bengal.