Bangla cricketers killed in a road accident

Published: Saturday, March 17, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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Dhaka:Bangladesh left-arm spinner Manjural Islam died in a road accident near Khulna town on Friday, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) said.

Another first-class cricketer Sajjadul Hasan was also killed in the same accident, which occurred when a motorbike ridden by Manjural hit railings on a bridge at Kartikdanga, 380 km (234 miles) southwest of the capital Dhaka.

They were travelling to a nearby town after a domestic match at their Khulna home town, police said.

Manjural made his one-day international debut against England at Chittagong in November 2003 and took 23 wickets in 25 matches.

He also claimed five wickets from six Tests after his Test debut against Zimbabwe at Harare in February 2004.

Hasan, a batsman, scored 2,443 runs from 50 first-class domestic matches, according to the BCB.

Saddened Bangla want to win India tie for Manjurul: A mourning Bangladesh want to win Saturday's World Cup Group B tie against India as a tribute to team mate Manjural Islam, skipper Habibul Bashar said on Friday.

Manjural, a 22-year-old left-arm spinner, died in Bangladesh following a road accident early on Friday.

"We heard the news in the morning and the boys were really upset," he said on Friday. "Some of them were crying".

Manjural played 25 one-dayers and six Tests. A domestic player Sajjadul Hasan was also killed in the motorbike accident.

"We are professional cricketers," he said. "But If we can do something for him on Saturday, that is what we have been talking about."


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