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Mumbai: Rajesh Sawant, the physical fitness trainer of India’s U-19 cricket team, was found dead in his hotel room on Sunday morning.
A statement by the Board of Cricket Control India said, “Sawant passed away in his sleep.”
Sawant was with the U-19 team in Mumbai who were preparing for the series against England Under-19 with the first match to begin on Monday, January 30 in Wankhade Stadium, Mumbai.
As per reports, Sawant was not responding to the calls from Saturday night and with no replies on Sunday morning, Rahul Dravid, the current coach of the team, asked BCCI manager Manuj Sharma to check. When Sawant did not responded for a long time, the team member asked the security guards to break open the door.
Talking to Sportstar, Amitabh Choudhary, the BCCI joint secretary said, “What I have gathered so far is he did not report for team activities in the morning, so people started looking for him and eventually he was found to have been passed away in his room.”
He even added, “I have asked Prof (Ratnakar) Shetty to visit the site and keep me updated.”