New Delhi: Fast bowler Mohammad Siraj has chosen to stay with Indian tourists in Australia despite the sudden death of his father, his team said on Saturday.
Siraj’s father died on Friday as the Indian team prepared for the start of the limited overs game against Australia.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said Siraj was offered the option to fly back in this hour of grief and stay with his family.
“The fast bowler has decided to stay with the Indian team and perform his national duties.”
Siraj, who was the star performer for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League, is undergoing rehabilitation with the remaining 18-member squad after arriving in Sydney last week.
India will play three ODIs and three T20I matches starting November 27, followed by four Tests in December and January.
Star batsman Virat Kohli will lead the team until the first Test in Adelaide on December 17 before returning to paternity leave.