Former Odisha cricketer & BCCI match referee Prashant Mohapatra dies of COVID-19


Bhubaneswar, May 19: Late sculptor-Parliamentarian Raghunath Mohapatra’s son and former Odisha cricket team captain Prashant Mohapatra succumbed to COVID-19 during treatment at AIIMS here on Wednesday, hospital sources said. He was 47.

“Today he expired at 7.51 AM inspite of all possible efforts by our team of treating doctors,”

said AIIMS-Bhubaneswar Superintendent Dr. SN Mohanty. Prashant’s father Raghunath Mohapatra, Rajya Sabha MP and Padma Vibhusan awardee, had also died of COVID-19 on May 9 at the AIIMS-Bhubaneswar.

Prashant was put on ventilator support after his condition worsened a few days ago. His brother Jasobant is also admitted at the same facility after he tested positive for the virus.

Born on September 1, 1973, Prashant, popularly known as Munna, made his debut in cricket as an under-19 player and played against Tamil Nadu. In 1990, he made his debut in the Ranji Trophy against Bihar.

He had also played for East Zone in the Duleep Trophy and Deodhar Trophy.

An opener and right-handed batsman, Prashant had played 45 first-class matches, scoring 2,196 runs, including five centuries and 11 fifties.

After his retirement, the Board of Cricket for Control in India (BCCI) had appointed him as a match referee.

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