Stadium Pitch curator found dead ahead of NZ vs AFG game

Mohan Singh, who prepared the Abu Dhabi pitch for the NZ vs AFG T20 match was found hanging in his room on Sunday. While the case indicates suicide, quite a number of rumors point towards Indian bookies

On Sunday, the pitch curator of Abu Dhabi stadium ‘Mohan Singh’ was found dead ahead of the NZ vs AFG T20. Mohan was the main pitch curator for the New Zealand vs Afghanistan super 12 match. While it is a suicide, Mohan’s death ahead of the match created rumors about Indian bookies pressurizing the pitch curator.

The 36 year old pitch curator committed suicide and was found hanging in his room on Sunday. While reasons for the suicide are still unknown many say that Mohan was suffering from severe depression. Both the administration and UAE’s local police are now actively investigating Mohan’s suicide and the reason behind it.

The last time Mohan was seen in public was when he came out to inspect the pitch before the match. Soon after news of his suicide broke out, rumors started spreading. People think that the curator was pressurized by Indian Bookie Mafia to prepare a dry pitch to help Afghanistan win.

Afghanistan vs New Zealand was a crucial match for India and Afghanistan’s victory in this match was important to them. This is because if Afghanistan would have won the match, it would have brought New Zealand below India thus ensuring India’s place in the semi finals.

Mohan Singh career as a Pitch Curator

Mohan started his career back in 1994 where he trained to be a curator at Punjab cricket stadium in Mohali. In 2004, the pitch curator was offered jobs in India, Uganda and Abu Dhabi, he chose Abu Dhabi. The curator since then was working at the Abu Dhabi stadium.

In his 15 year career at the Abu Dhabi cricket stadium, Mohan has had a huge role in its success. “It is with great sadness that Abu Dhabi Cricket announces that Head Curator, Mohan Singh, has passed away today. Mohan has been with Abu Dhabi Cricket for 15 years and has a pivotal role in all of the venue’s success” said Abu Dhabi cricket after announcing his demise.

BCCI chief curator Daljit Singh also talked about Mohan and his life with him. Daljit and Mohan previously used to work together. “He was a bright kid when he came to me. A very talented and hardworking person. He hailed from Garhwal and also remembers him as a family man.” said Daljit while speaking about him.

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