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BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya breathes his last

By NewsGram Staff Writer

Kolkata: Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Jagmohan Dalmiya, who was admitted to a hospital here three days ago after complaining of chest pain, died on Sunday evening, hospital sources said. He was 75.

The veteran cricket administrator was admitted to the B.M. Birla Hospital on Thursday night.

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His condition was described as stable on Saturday only.

Doctors attending to Dalmiya said on Saturday morning that the BCCI chief was responding to medicines and was in a stable condition. But they said he would still be under constant monitoring.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee rushed to the hospital to pay her last respects.

“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,” Banerjee tweeted.

Jagmohan Dalmiya is often credited with India’s rise in world cricket as a financial powerhouse. Joining the BCCI in 1979, after a career in constructions, he, along with IS Bindra, made sure that cricket World Cup event came to India in 1987.

Earlier, all the three editions (1975, 1979, and 1983) of the World Cup were hosted by England. It was Dalmiya and Bindra who convinced Pakistan and Sri Lanka cricket boards and brought the flagship event to Indian subcontinent. Speaking on his demise, BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur remembered him as a father figure of Indian cricket. He said, “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,” Thakur was quoted as saying to Cricinfo website.

Here are some tweets from people and organisations condoling Jagmohan Dalmiya’s passing away:

(With inputs from IANS)

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