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Haryana cricketer run over by tractor

New Delhi: In a tragic accident, 25-year-old first-class cricketer Sandeep Singh lost his life after being run over by a tractor, in his hometown Mundal, on Thursday.

He last played for Haryana in 2012 against Baroda in a home match at Lahli.

“He was trying to help youngsters prepare a pitch for a football tournament in his village.

“As they were trying to level the field, the tractor somehow slipped and ran over Sandeep,” BCCI treasurer and Haryana Cricket Association supremo Aniruddh Chaudhary was quoted as saying by ESPN Cricinfo.

Chaudhary said he was devastated by Sandeep’s death.

“It’s a very personal loss for me and I am not in a position to speak about it, at least for now.”

Sandeep made his first-class debut as an opening batsman against Andhra during the 2005-06 season, when he was just 17.

When regular Haryana wicketkeeper Mahesh Rawat moved to Railways, Sandeep donned the big gloves, primarily in the limited-overs formats.

Sandeep played 15 first-class matches, 12 List A games and 16 Twenty20s, of which four were for Services in the 2009-10 season.

His last appearance came at the start of the 2012-13 season, for Haryana against Baroda in Lahli.

While he didn’t feature in the Ranji Trophy this season, Sandeep remained on the fringes of selection for the Haryana side.