Mumbai: Rajesh Sawant, the strength and conditioning trainer of the India Under-19 team, passed away in Mumbai on Sunday (January 29). He was 40.
When Sawant did not report for the team’s training in the morning, his room at the team hotel was checked and he was found to have died, reportedly in his sleep. “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,” Amitabh Choudhary, the Board of Control for Cricket in India joint secretary, was quoted as saying . “I have asked Prof (Ratnakar) Shetty to visit the site and keep me updated.”
The India team, coached by Rahul Dravid, is scheduled to play five 50-over games and two four-day games against England Under-19, with the first match taking place at Wankhede Stadium on Monday.
Sawant was recently involved with the India A team that played two games against the visiting England team and was also with the Cheteshwar Pujara-led Rest of India team that beat Gujarat by six wickets in the Irani Cup at Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai.
Sawant was involved in a big way with various age-group teams of the Mumbai Cricket Association, and also worked with the Afghanistan national team after Lalchand Rajput became their head coach.