Former cricketer Ramchand Goala dies

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DHAKA, June 19, 2020 (BSS) – Former cricketer Ramchand Goala died at
his residence in Mymensingh today. He was 79.

“A prominent and popular player in the domestic circuit, especially
of the Dhaka club cricket scene, Goala breathed his last at his home
in Mymensingh this morning at the age of 79, said a press release of
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB).

The BCB also extended heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.

A left-arm spinner, Goala had made his Dhaka league debut in the
early 60s and became a remarkable symbol of longevity by continuing to
appear in club cricket until up to the age of 53.

He is believed to show the way to the left-arm spinners of Bangladesh.

In a career of many achievements and a prolific tally of wickets,
Goala represented the best clubs in country. His longest stint had
been with Abahani Krira Chakra for whom he provided 15 years of
dedicated service.

He also played for Mohammedan Sporting Club, Greater Mymensingh
Cricket Club, Victoria Sporting Club, Lalmatia Club and Shantinagar
Club in the Dhaka league.

He was a member of the Bangladesh National Team during the tour of
West Bengal in 1983-84 and Sri Lanka’s visit to Bangladesh in 1985.

The BCB’s Chairman Media & Communications Committee Jalal Yunus, a
former teammate of Goala, paid tribute to the perseverance and
strength of the player: “Ramchand Goala received his first National
Team call up when he was past 40 and he was playing at club level
until 53 years of age. He is a unique example of mental and physical
fitness, passion for the game and most importantly self-discipline.
These are traits the cricketers of today should aspire to emulate.”

The Cricketers’ Welfare Association of Bangladesh (CWAB) also
condoled the death of Ramchand Goala.

“The former left-arm spinner was very popular among the cricketers
during his cricketing days,” the CWAB statement said.