The Abu Dhabi cricket stadium's Indian chief curator, Mohan Singh, was found dead in his room on Sunday hours before the T20 World Cup game between Afghanistan and New Zealand here.
According to UAE Cricket sources, the 45-year-old, who hailed from Uttarakhand, was suffering from depression and was found hanging in his room, hours after inspecting the pitch for the clash that New Zealand won by eight wickets to enter the semifinals.
Both Abu Dhabi Cricket and the International Cricket Council paid tributes to him but did not reveal the cause of death. He is survived by his wife and daughter, who will be reaching Abu Dhabi soon.
"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 played a pivotal role in all of the venue's success during that time," Abu Dhabi Cricket said in a statement.
"Sunday's ICC Men's T20 World Cup Super 12 game between New Zealand and Afghanistan went ahead as scheduled, with the support of Mohan's family and our ground staff.
"Tributes to Mohan and his incredible achievements will be honoured in the coming days. Our thoughts are with Mohan's family, and we ask for media to respect their privacy at this tragic time," it added.
The ICC also condoled his death.
"We are deeply saddened and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends, Abu Dhabi Cricket and everyone connected with the event," read a statement from the world body which also said that the match went ahead as his family, along with Abu Dhabi Cricket, requested for it.
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