Mohammed Siraj, who is in Sydney with the Indian squad for the upcoming series against Australia, suffered a personal loss as his father died on Friday. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) issued a press release on Saturday and said that the fast-bowler was offered the option to fly back home but he decided to stay with the team in Australia.
"Team India fast bowler Mohammed Siraj lost his father on Friday after a brief illness. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had a discussion with Siraj and he was offered the option of flying back and be with his family in this hour of grief," the BCCI said in a media statement.
"The fast bowler has decided to stay with the Indian contingent and continue performing his national duties. The BCCI shares his grief and will be supportive of Siraj in this extremely challenging phase."