BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya, one of cricket’s most influential administrators who will be remembered for bringing money into the game, passed away at a Kolkata hospital on Sunday evening following a massive cardiac arrest.
75-year-old Dalmiya, who was admitted to the city’s BM Birla Hospital on Thursday night following a cardiac arrest, is survived by his wife Chadralekha, daughter Vaishali and son Abhishek.
“Mr. Dalmiya died of internal gastrointestinal bleeding and internal organ failure,” said the hospital officials.
“At 6 PM in the evening his condition deteriorated and shortly afterwards he suffered a massive cardiac arrest from which he could not recover,” said sources at the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB).
Regarded as one of the greatest Indian sports administrators, Dalmiya became the president of BCCI for a second stint in March this year. During BCCI’s Annual General Body Meeting in March, he had emerged as a consensus candidate and was elected president unopposed. He took over from N Srinivasan.
The cricket fraternity expressed grief on hearing about the veteran’s death. Reactions poured in from former cricketers and administrators condoling his demise.
President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi too condoled Dalmiya’s demise.
“Heartfelt condolences on the passing away of Shri Jagmohan Dalmiya,” said the President on twitter.
“My thoughts are with the family of Shri Jagmohan Dalmiya in this hour of grief. May Shri Dalmiya’s soul rest in peace,” tweeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Describing him as a ‘giant’ among sports administrators, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also condoled Dalmiya’s passing away and said that he would be given a state funeral.
“I am deeply saddened that Jagmohan Dalmiya ji is no more. He was a giant amongst sports administrators, a true lover of Bengal. His passing away will create an irreparable void in the world of sports. My deepest condolences to members of the bereaved family and friends. May his soul rest in peace,” said Mamata Banerjee expressing her grief on Facebook.
“We will give him (Dalmiya) a state honour. He was an asset,” Banerjee said at the hospital where the cricket administrator breathed his last.
NCP chief and former ICC President Sharad Pawar also condoled the demise of Dalmiya.
“He will always be remembered as the first person from a third world country to hold the office of the International Cricket Council (ICC), which is the highest governing body of world cricket…He made BCCI a powerful and influential cricket body in the field of sports,” said Pawar.
Cricket greats like Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman also mourned Dalmiya’s death.
“Heartfelt condolences to the family & friends of Jagmohan Dalmiya. Had met him in June. Little did I realise that it would be the last,” Tendulkar tweeted.
Laxman wrote,”Deeply saddened 2 hear the news of the demise of Dalmiya Ji. My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.May his soul RIP…Dalmiya Ji’s contribution 2 Indian cricket was immense. He was an astute administrator & a visionary. His demise is a huge loss 2 Indian cricket.”
“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,” BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur said in a statement.
“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 added.
A long-serving cricket administrator, Dalmiya had been president of the ICC, held different offices in the BCCI, and occupied top posts in the CAB in a career that began in 1979.
Dalmiya was not keeping well for a while now and was not actively taking part in the day-to-day functioning of the BCCI. All the shots were called by Secretary Anurag Thakur in Dalmiya’s absence.
All eyes are now on Thakur as the top brass of the cricket board will get together in the next fortnight to decide the future course of action in picking its new president.
According to the BCCI constitution, if a president’s post is vacated midway through his tenure, “the secretary shall within 15 days convene a Special General Body Meeting to elect the President who shall be nominated by at least one Full Member from the zone which proposed the name of the President whose term was cut short prematurely. Such person who is so elected shall hold office till the next elections.”
(With inputs from PTI)