Nepalese cricketing community in Sydney grieving as teammate dies in DV-related incident


By Ram Khatry I 24 Novemmber 2019


Young cricketing fraternity of Sydney’s Nepalese community is today mourning the tragic loss of a dedicated and outstanding team member to what has police confirmed to be “a domestic-related incident”.

If not for the horrible incident that took place yesterday evening, the deceased Nepalese man would have driven to Earlwood this morning to play Grade A match of the Nepalese Cricket Assocation (NCA) of Australia.

His dedication to cricket was such that for the last three years or so he had been driving to Beaman Park every single Sunday. There, “the fluent top order left handed batsman for West United Cricket Club” would play cricket with his fellow Nepalese brothers, often partying hard afterwards.

Earlier this morning NSW Police Force stated, “A woman will face court today charged with murder after the death of a man following a domestic-related incident at Granville yesterday.”

One of the victim’s teammates said he and his friends are now thinking of the 8-year-old daughter who has just lost her father while the mother remains charged with murder (DV).

A close friend and team member of the victim, Bijay Sharma, said he got terrible “shakes” when he received a call from a teammate who broke the fateful news on him. “I was shaking non-stop when they called me at 12:22 am yesterday night to tell me about the incident,” Mr Sharma said, “I could not sleep all night!”

He said members of various Nepalese community cricket teams are in shock and utterly heartbroken.

Another team member, who requested anonymity, said for nearly three years he had been driving the Granville man to the Beaman Park. “I always picked him up from his home in Granville to go to Dulwich Hill,” he told southasia.com.au over the telephone.

There are nearly twenty Nepalese teams in Sydney that play cricket every Sunday – all through Summer. “It is lot of fun at Beaman Park every Sunday with nearly 200 community members attending these events,” Mr Sharma added, saying the deceased 34-year-old man religiously attended these games and was very much loved by all.

Facebook profile of the deceased mentions he was from the North East Indian city of Shillong although Nepalese community members said he was a Nepalese man.

Victim’s team members said they knew his entire family as he often brought them to community events. “He used to love partying with his team members, sometiems we used to go for beers after games,” Mr Sharma said, adding he was an extremely affable character.

According to police, emergency services were called to the Blaxcell Street address around 7.30 pm last night where the DV-victim was found seriously injured. “He was treated at the scene by paramedics before being taken to Westmead Hospital where he died,” police statement reads.

His wife, also 34 years of age, was also found with injuries. She was arrested and taken to Westmead Hospital for treatment under police guard.

The young father ran a car repair workshop at Granville, a Western Sydney suburb with high concentration of Nepalese-speaking Australians as well as international students from the South Asian nation.

Please call 1800 737 732 or visit 1800RESPECT.org.au for assistance related to domestic violence or sexual assault.

Always call 000 in case of emergencies. 

This article has been edited since it was published on 24 November 2019 – editor

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