Cricket world in shock following Dalmiya’s demise

Kolkata, Sept. 20 (ANI): Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chief Jagmohan Dalmiya’s demise in BM Birla Heart Research Centre here today left the entire cricketing world shocked.

Dalmiya had suffered a heart attack on Thursday after he complained of chest pain and had undergone an angiogram at the BM Birla hospital.

Dalmiya was born on May 30, 1940, in a Kolkata-based Marwari family.

Starting his career as a wicketkeeper, he played for cricket clubs and his college team in Kolkata.

He joined the BCCI in 1979 and became its treasurer in 1983. He played a key role in securing rights to stage the World Cups in South Asia in 1987 and 1996.

In 1997, Dalmiya was unanimously elected as president of the ICC and he remained at the post for the period of three years.

Dalmiya was expelled from the board in 2005 following allegations of misappropriation of funds and refusing to provide certain documents.

In July 2007, Dalmiya contested and won Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) elections after the Calcutta High Court dismissed charges against him.

On March 2, 2015, Dalmiya returned as BCCI president after a 10-year gap replacing N. Srinivasan.

Expressing profound grief at Dalmiya’s demise, West Bengal Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee, said that the late BCCI chief loved cricket more than his life.

Meanwhile, BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur said that the board had lost a visionary and a father figure of Indian cricket. (ANI)

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