Legendary cricketer Mehli Irani dies, breathes last at age 90


Mumbai: Former Mumbai cricketer and ‘Kanga League’ big player Mehli Irani died in Dubai. He was 90 years old. The Kanga League is a famous cricket tournament of the monsoon season in Mumbai. Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) top committee member and noted curator Nadeem Menon told the media on Monday that Irani died in Dubai on Saturday and was cremated the next day.

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A left-handed batsman and wicketkeeper, Irani competed in the Kanga League for nearly 50 years. He represented the Bombay Gymkhana and Parsi cyclists at the club level. Another MCA official said that he played just one match for Bombay (now Mumbai) against Baroda in 1953-54.

Irani’s captaincy in the Parsi cyclist team was played by Test players such as Nari Contractor, Farooq Engineer, Karsan Gawri and Ghulam Parkar. The former Indian captain, who played alongside Irani, lamented his death and said he was a good cricketer.

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