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Javed Khan plays despite father's death

ESPNcricinfo staff

November 4, 2012

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Jonathan Trott was dismissed for 28, Mumbai A v England XI, Mumbai, 1st day, November 3, 2012
Jonathan Trott was dismissed by Javed Khan for 28 © Getty Images
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For most of the Mumbai A players, the first-class game against England XI is an opportunity to push for Ranji Trophy selection. For 22-year-old medium-pacer Javed Khan, however, it was more than that as he took the field on the first day. Javed's father, Mohammad Jayish Khan, had died the night before while undergoing an open-heart surgery.

Javed, who played two Ranji Trophy games for Mumbai in 2010-11 but has been ignored by the selectors since then, skipped his father's burial and decided to turn up for the game at the Dr DY Patil Stadium on Saturday. He had a fruitful day, dismissing Jonathan Trott and the centurion Jonny Bairstow. He was not required to bowl on Sunday morning.

"By 5 am, we advised him to play the match. He was crying the whole night and was in a state of shock," Javed's coach Raju Pathak told Indian Express. "But this match against England was a big opportunity for him. His father was keen to see him bowl against England. So he did what his father would have wanted him to do.

"Most of his teammates in the dressing room did not know that Javed had lost his father. And those who knew didn't want to talk about it because they thought it would affect Javed. It was very brave of him to come out and play today."

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Posted by sachislife2310 on (November 5, 2012, 9:57 GMT)

Gr8 Javed.. God bless u hope we soon see u among men in blue..

Posted by   on (November 5, 2012, 8:46 GMT)

May His soul rest in peace. May god fulfill all your wishes. Hats Off to you man.

Posted by anshu.s on (November 5, 2012, 8:27 GMT)

Deepest respect !! you are a brave man and best of luck in future .

Posted by   on (November 5, 2012, 8:25 GMT)

Javeed Bhai. u have lost u r father. a very sad day in anyones life. but u have played cricket with heavy heart. best of luck for u r career. may allah give u confidence & energy to play for india.

Posted by DineshKumarD on (November 5, 2012, 7:27 GMT)

Indian Cricket needs courageous players like you.. Respect!

Posted by Haleos on (November 5, 2012, 7:18 GMT)

Good luck Javed. Hope u fulfill all your fathers dreams.

Posted by cricket4every on (November 5, 2012, 5:09 GMT)

May His soul rest in peace..........all the best Javed

Posted by   on (November 5, 2012, 4:51 GMT)

many respect to u sir,,and may God bless your fathers soul

Posted by BillyBlue on (November 5, 2012, 3:00 GMT)

My prayers & well wishes are with you & ur family in these trying times Javed. You have shown real character here & I sincerely wish the fortunes favors a brave young man like you. Team India can definitely go a long ways with a good fast bowler & performances like this.

Posted by   on (November 4, 2012, 19:14 GMT)

Really brave young man. My heart goes out to him and his family. Do well in life.

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