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Country’s first cricket coach Altaf Hossain dies

 Sports Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 11:16 AM, 27 February 2019   Updated: 11:58 AM, 27 February 2019

First cricket coach of independent Bangladesh, Syed Altaf Hossain; Collected

First cricket coach of independent Bangladesh, Syed Altaf Hossain; Collected

Veteran cricket coach Syed Altaf Hossain, the first cricket coach of independent Bangladesh, breathed his last on Tuesday evening at the age of 81 at his residence in Dhaka.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) informed of the passing of the former fast bowler, who was also the first cricketer from then East Pakistan who got a call-up to a 14-man squad for the Pakistan national team in 1965 against New Zealand. 

Born in 1938 in Hooghly, Altaf was a National Sports Award recipient in 1999 and also served as the Bangladesh national team’s coach. He was also certified as a first-class umpire by the Board of Control for Cricket in Pakistan in 1970.

After Bangladesh won independence from Pakistan in 1971, Altaf Hossain joined the Bangladesh Krira Parishad as the first cricket coach of Bangladesh. Later on, he was instrumental in getting the women’s game off the ground in the country. 

The press release from BCB said, “The BCB extends deepest sympathies to the family of Syed Altaf Hossain. We pray to the Almighty for the salvation of his soul.”

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