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Former Bangladesh U-19 cricketer Mohammad Sozib dies by suicide

 
Former Bangladesh U-19 cricketer Mohammad Sozib dies by suicide

Dhaka: Former Bangladesh Under-19 player Mohammad Sozib has died by suicide in Durgapur at the age of 21, local police confirmed.

Right-hand opening batsman Sozib has played three Youth ODIs for Bangladesh against Sri Lanka and Afghanistan in 2017, and was among the standby players for the 2018 Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand. The young batsman was in Bangladesh U19's Asia Cup squad earlier.

He last played competitive cricket in 2018 when he represented Shinepukur Cricket Club in the Dhaka Premier League. However, since March 2018, he hasn't played a single competitive match.

BCB director and head coach of Bangla Trac Academy in Rajshahi where Sozib started training in 2008, remembered him as a talented cricketer.

"I can't believe what I heard," Mahmud was quoted as saying by Bengali daily Kaler Kantho.

"I am feeling extremely sad hearing the news. He was an opening batsman who bowled medium-pace, and he played for Shinepukur Cricket Club," he added.

—UNI