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.
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:
Heartfelt condolences on the passing away of Shri Jagmohan Dalmiya #PresidentMukherjee
— President of India (@RashtrapatiBhvn) September 20, 2015
My thoughts are with the family of Shri Jagmohan Dalmiya in this hour of grief. May Shri Dalmiya’s soul rest in peace.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 20, 2015
The ICC extends its deepest condolences upon the passing away of BCCI President and former ICC President Jagmohan Dalmiya
— ICC (@ICC) September 20, 2015
BCCI condoles the sudden demise of our president Shri Jagmohan Dalmiya — BCCI (@BCCI) September 20, 2015
Heartfelt condolences to the family & friends of Jagmohan Dalmiya. Had met him in June. little did I realise that it would be the last (1/3)
— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) September 20, 2015
Big loss for India cricket. Mr. Dalmiya always showed the way. Rest in Peace sir#RIP
— Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) September 20, 2015
Saddened by Mr. Dalmiya’s death. Immense contribution to Indian and world cricket. A huge loss. Always a players man! Condolences to family! — Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) September 20, 2015
Jagmohan Dalmiya was good for Indian cricket at a crucial time; big role in transforming India into a financially powerful cricket nation.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) September 20, 2015
Jagmohan Dalmiya, instrumental in making BCCI the richest and most powerful cricket board in the world, passes away. RIP — Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) September 20, 2015
(With inputs from IANS)