The fitness trainer of Under19 Indian cricket team Rajesh Sawant was found dead in a private hotel this morning, police said. The incident came to light when 40yearold Sawant did not report for the training session in morning and so other team staff went to his room, they said.
“When there was no response after knocking the door repeatedly, the room was opened by the authorities and they (the staff members) found him lying unconscious,” police said. Marine Drive police was informed and Sawant was immediately shifted to Bombay Hospital where he was declared dead before admission.
It is suspected that he may have died due to cardiac arrest, they added. The exact reason of his death will be ascertained only after postmortem, deputy commissioner of police Manojkumar Sharma said.
The India team is scheduled to play five 50over games and two fourday games against England Under19 from tomorrow at Wankhede Stadium. Meanwhile, the India Under19 team media conference which was to be addressed by the team’s coach Rahul Dravid has been canceled.
BCCI condoles Sawant’s demise
The BCCI Sunday condoled the passing away of India Under19 cricket team fitness trainer Rajesh Sawant who was found dead in a private hotel here this morning.
“BCCI regrets to inform that India Under19 strength and conditioning trainer Rajesh Sawant passed away, in his sleep, in Mumbai, on Sunday morning. Sawant was on national duty with the India Under19 team preparing for the series against the touring England Under19 team,” the Board said in statement.
“Sawant, 45, is survived by his wife and daughter,” it said. “On behalf of the BCCI, I convey my heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and our prayers are with them, to overcome this irreparable loss,” BCCI Joint Secretary Amitabh Chaudhary said in the statement.