Amol Jickhar, a former Ranji cricketer who played six first-class matches for Vidarbha in the domestic circuit, was found dead in his home in Nagpur in Maharashtra.
If initial reports are to be believed, the former cricketer took his own life due to severe financial crisis from the losses in his business venture. On Tuesday morning, the 38-year-old was found hanging from a ceiling fan at his house but the police suggest that Jickhar had committed suicide on Monday itself. He is survived by his wife and a son. His parents were in Pune when this unfortunate incident took place.
From 1998 to 2002, Amol Jickhar was an active cricketer on the Indian domestic circuit, primarily as a right arm off break bowler for Vidarbha. He claimed seven wickets in his six matches at an average of 55 while also scoring 101 runs with the bat.
He also played eight List A matches picking up as many wickets at an average of 32.75 with best figures of 4/45.
According to reports, Jickhar was a restaurateur in Nagpur and had started a new restaurant venture in the city along with his friend a month ago – another former cricketer Vipul Pande. The restaurant, apparently didn’t work out as planned by the duo.
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The restaurant venture was apparently in loss placing severe stress on Jickhar, forcing him to end his life due to the extreme financial burden. Though reports suggest that the death was a suicide, only an autopsy can give a final confirmation on what actually happened.
While on one hand the cash-rich Indian Premier League is being played, on the other hand there are former cricketers who are in a bad financial state, forcing them to take such drastic steps.