Bangladesh’s sports fraternity on Thursday mourned the death of veteran sports organiser Afzalur Rahman Sinha, a director of the Bangladesh Cricket Board and the chairman of the Bangladesh Premier League Governing Council.
Sinha, who was 68, breathed his last at a hospital in Chennai, India at 9:20pm on Wednesday.
Sinha, also the chairman of the BCB finance committee, left behind his wife, one son, one daughter and a host of well-wishers. He had been suffering with liver cancer for a long period.
At the time of his death, Sinha had been serving as the president of Dhaka League club Surjo Tarun with which he had been involved for almost two decades.
He was also the president Azad Boys Club and director of Abahani Limited.
Sinha, a freedom fighter, was elected to the BCB in 1998 and had successfully served in many capacities including that of the board’s treasurer.
Sinha also served country’s hockey in different capacities, including the chairman of Abahani’s hockey committee over the last two decades. He was also a former vice-president of the Bangladesh Hockey Federation.
‘It was really painful for us because he was a nice person, who served country’s sports in different capacities,’ said BHF general secretary Abdus Sadeque.
Sinha’s first namaz-e-janaza will be held at his own business office—Acme Corporate Office in Kalyanpur, Dhaka at 8:00am today.
The body of Sinha will then be brought to the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur, where the second namaz-e-janaza is scheduled at 9:00am.
The third namaz-e-janaza will be held at the Dhaka Club at 10:30am.
He will be buried at his village in Bikrampur after Juma prayers where the final namaz-e-janaza will be performed.
BCB, Bangladesh Football Federation, Abahani Limited, Mohammedan Sporting Club, Bangladesh Hockey Federation, Bangladesh Sports Press Association and Bangladesh Sports Journalists Association expressed their condolence at the death of Sinha, popularly known as Kaiser in sports arena, in separate messages.