Ayanti Reang, a 16-year old player for Tripura’s U-19 women’s cricket team, passed away at her residence on Tuesday, June 16. Syandan, a vernacular daily published from Tripura, reported that Reang was found hanging from the ceiling of her room on Tuesday night. There has been no official word ascertaining the cause of death.

Statement from former cricketer, Timir Chanda

Reang had been playing for Tripura’s U-19 team since 2019. A budding talent, she had also played a T20 tournament for her state in the U-23 age group. Tripura Cricket Association secretary and former Indian cricketer Timir Chanda condoled the unfortunate event. He told PTI from Agartala, “She has been part of the state team from Under-16 days. She was quite promising. The news has left us in deep shock.” Members of the Association visited Reang’s house to pay their tributes.

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“She was doing perfectly fine till last season and then everything was closed because of the lockdown. We conducted some online classes but we were not aware about her family problems.”

Reang Studied in Class 10

The youngest of four siblings, Reang was a student of class X. She hailed from the Reang tribe of Tainani village, which falls under the Udaipur subdivision located about 90 kilometers from state capital Agartala.

There is no indication yet about the young player having faced any mental health issues. Chanda, when asked about the same, said, “She was doing perfectly fine till last season and then everything was closed because of the lockdown. We conducted some online classes but we were not aware about her family problems.”

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