Renowned sports personality Jalal Ahmed Chowdhury breathed his last at a city hospital in Dhaka on Tuesday.
He was 74. Jalal had been receiving treatment for a severe lung infection and was admitted to the hospital on September 15 and later put on a ventilator three days ago.
As a cricket player, Jalal started his career in the Dhaka League for Udity Club in the mid-1960s and as an opening batsman and wicketkeeper, he went on to play for Young Pegasus, Town Club and Dhanmondi Club and represented Bangladesh Railway in the National Championship.
He was a member of the first Bangladesh side in post-independence Bangladesh (Tour of MCC in 1977).
Jalal received his diploma in cricket coaching from the National Institute of Sports in Patiala, India in 1979 and subsequently coached prominent Dhaka League teams Abahani, Mohammedan, Victoria, Shadharan Bima, Azad Sporting, PWD, Dhanmondi Club and Kalabagan.
In his distinguished coaching career, Jalal had been associated with Bangladesh national team on a number of occasions. He was one of the coaches of the Bangladesh 1979 and 1997 ICC Trophy squads.
He was also the head coach of Bangladesh in the ICC U19 World Cup in 2002.
He, who had an enormous skill of depicting cricket with the flavour of poetry and rich language, later became a stalwart in both Bengali and English cricket writing.
He was the sports in charge of the English national daily Bangladesh Times during the 80s and his writings were published in a majority number of national newspapers both in Bengali and English.
PIB Chairman Enamul Hoque Chowdhury, also editor of the daily sun, expressed deep shock and sorrow at the death of Jalal.
He prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed deep sympathy to the bereaved family members.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board and other sports organizations expressed heartfelt condolences and profound sympathies to the family of the departed and prayed for the salvation of his soul.
BCB Board of Directors also observed a minute’s silence before the start of their 12th meeting of the Board in memory of Jalal on Tuesday.
Bangladesh Sports Journalist Association (BSJA) also expressed profound sadness at the passing away of the country’s renowned sports journalist.
Jalal’s first namaz-e-janaza was held at the Bangabandhu National Stadium and later he was buried at the Azimpur graveyard after another namaz-e-janaza after Asr prayer on the same day.