BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya passes away, cricket world mourns

20 Sep 2015


Kolkata, Sept 20: Ending a chapter in the history of Indian cricket, former ICC chief and current Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Jagmohan Dalmiya, died at a hospital in south Kolkata on Sunday, officials said.

Dalmiya, who had served the Indian board for 36 years, passed away at the age of 75.

Dalmiya was admitted to the city hospital recently after he complained of chest pain, a spokesperson of the B M Birla Heart Research Centre said.

Indian PM Narendra Modi mourned his death and tweeted: "My thoughts are with the family of Shri Jagmohan Dalmiya in this hour of grief. May Shri Dalmiya's soul rest in peace."

Meanwhile, BCCI condoled the death of the administrator who had even served as the ICC President in 1997.

BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur said in a statement: "On behalf of all the members of BCCI, I wish to submit our condolences to the bereaved family of Mr. Dalmiya. As a visionary and a father figure of Indian cricket, Mr. Dalmiya worked towards the development of the game of cricket in India. The cricketing fraternity will miss him dearly.”

“Mr. Dalmiya played a significant part in positioning Indian cricket at the global level and the astute administrator in him, guided Indian cricket to greater heights. His untiring efforts will be remembered for generations to come and his contribution to Indian cricket will remain unparalleled," he said.

The ICC also joined the rest of the cricket world in mourning the death of its former president as it tweeted:"The ICC extends its deepest condolences upon the passing away of BCCI President and former ICC President Jagmohan Dalmiya."

Bangladesh Cricket Board posted on its Twitter homepage: "Bangladesh Cricket Board expresses their deepest condolence on the passing away of @BCCI President Mr Jagmohan Dalmiya."

IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla said: "Very sad to hear about the demise of Jagmohan Dalmia.He was a great administrator,his contribution to Indian and world cricket was immense."

Former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar said: "Heartfelt condolences to the family & friends of Jagmohan Dalmiya. Had met him in June. little did I realise that it would be the last .Will always cherish his encouragement & support over the years.

Worked hard for the game of cricket & excelled as an administrator. Was touched by his efforts to make my penultimate Test at Eden Gardens very special. RIP Jagmohan Dalmiya."

Ex-Indian skipper Anil Kumble said: "Saddened by Mr. Dalmiya's death. Immense contribution to Indian and world cricket. A huge loss. Always a players man! Condolences to family!"

Former Indian cricketer VVS Laxman tweeted: "Deeply saddened 2 hear the news of the demise of Dalmiya Ji.My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.May his soul RIP @BCCI."

Apart from cricketers and cricket officials, politicians also mourned the death of Dalmiya.

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, who went to the hospital following the death Dalmiya , posted on her Twitter handle: "Sad. Jagmohan Dalmiya ji passes away. He was a giant amongst sports administrators, a true lover of Bengal. On my way to pay my respect. RIP."

BJP president Amit Shah tweeted: "My deepest condolences to the family of Shri Jagmohan Dalmiya on his demise ...a big loss not only for Indian but World cricket."


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