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Former Bengal spinner Murtaza Lodhgar dies aged 45

Murtaza Lodhgar, the former Bengal remaining-arm spinner and Mizoram’s Under-19 mentor, died of cardiac arrest on Friday night in Visakhapatnam, Cricket Association Bengal (Taxi) president Avishek Dalmiya has confirmed.

Lodhgar, forty five, was in the port town with the Mizoram colts, who were established to engage in the league period of the Vinoo Mankad Trophy as BCCI’s domestic season is established to begin.

“The tragedy transpired just following dinner,” Dalmiya told PTI. “Murtu bhai (as he was regarded in Bengal circles) alongside with the team’s physio went out for an following-dinner stroll and instantly felt huge upper body suffering and fell on the road. “The physio and other group customers instantly took him to the medical center in which he was declared brought dead late on Friday.

“I continue to are not able to feel that Murtu bhai is no much more. It is a personalized decline for me as he was just one of the pillars of our spouse and children-run 1st division club Rajasthan SC. He was just one of the most beloved cricketers in our fraternity and also worked with our women’s group with distinction. It truly is an irreparable decline.”

Taxi is at the moment trying to make preparations so that his spouse and children can convey his stays to the town for the burial.

Lodhgar was a powerhouse performer in club cricket but because of to the existence of domestic large Utpal Chatterjee, he played only 9 Ranji Trophy video games, getting 34 wickets.

One particular of the highlights of his quick 1st-class vocation was a 5-wicket haul in opposition to Karnataka at the JU (Salt Lake) ground in the 2004-05 season. He played a couple of much more matches that season but under no circumstances bought reliable possibilities as he was in the mistaken aspect of 30s and somewhat portly for the top rated-level cricket.

Lodhgar was also a frequent at the bustling club cricket scene in the United Kingdom.