Former national hockey player and coach Abdur Razzak Shona Miah died aged 69 at his house early on Sunday.
Known as the ‘Bengal Tiger’ for his powerful run in the field, Shona Miah is survived by his wife, two sons and three daughters.
One of his sons Bangladesh national hockey team captain Russell Mahmud Jimmy said that his father had been suffering from various diseases for the past few years and recently returned home from hospital after suffering a stroke.
He suffered a mild cardiac arrest on Saturday night, and on Sunday morning when his condition deteriorated he was rushed to Dhaka Medical College Hospital, where the doctors declared him dead.
‘He [Shona Miah] returned from hospital on January 26 after had been admitted there following a brain stroke,’ Jimmy told reporters on Sunday.
‘But last night [Saturday] he felt sick again and family physician assumed that he suffered a mild cardiac arrest.
‘Today [Sunday] morning we took him to Dhaka Medical College Hospital where the doctors declared him dead,’ he said.
Shona, a central forward of the national team, was born at Lalbagh in old town of Dhaka in 1949.
He started his hockey career with Azad Sporting Club in 1963.
Before the liberation war, he played for Combined Sporting Club, Victoria Sporting Club and PWD.
He was a regular member of East Pakistan national hockey team from 1967 to 1970 and after liberation, he joined Abahani Limited where he spent six years before joining PWD again.
The forward caught the attention of national selectors for his aggressive playing style in 1969 and was called up for the All Pakistan team trial but later selected for the All Pakistan youth team.
He played for Bangladesh national team in the four-match Test series against Sri Lanka in 1978.
Shona retired from the game in 1988 while playing for Abahani.
After retirement, Shona took coaching as career and guided the junior national team in the Junior World Cup Qualifying round.
Next year, he was appointed head coach of the Bangladesh national team for the third edition of the Asia Cup.
Besides, he guided many top-flight teams including Usha Krira Chakra and Mariner Young’s Club.
He also conducted matches as an umpire in the 1985 Asia Cup in Dhaka.
Shona Miah’s first namaz-e-janaza was held at Moulana Bhashani National Hockey Stadium.
He was buried at Azimpur Graveyard after his second janaza at Chakbazar Shahi Mosque after asr prayers.
Bangladesh Hockey Federation expressed deep shock at the death of Shona Miah.
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