NEW DELHI: Indian cricket supreme Jagmohan Dalmiya, who oversaw the country’s emergence as a financial power of the game, died Sunday only months after his return to the front of the national board.
The 75-year-old chairman of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) died in a hospital in his hometown of Calcutta after falling seriously ill with heart disease last week. The biggest sports administrator India has died, ending an era,” said BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur on Twitter. His death prompted an outpouring of tributes, including the legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. My thoughts are with the family of Shri Jagmohan Dalmiya in this hour of grief. Alma May Shri Dalmiya rest in peace,” Modi tweeted.
Dalmiya, who was also a former head of the International Cricket Council, presided over a dramatic increase in the financial muscle of India during previous periods in front of the BCCI after the negotiation of mega transmission.
He returned to the post of president of the BCCI in March, but later suffered from health problems and had been absent from a number of recent board meetings.
Dalmiya was unceremoniously dumped by the BCCI in 2004 on charges of financial irregularities, but made a comeback earlier this year after his predecessor Narayanaswami Srinivasan was ousted by a corruption scandal.
The first shot to fame when he and Inderjit Singh Bindra bureaucrat broke Australia and English rule on the ICC to win the right to host the World Cup in 1987 and 1996 in the sub-continent.
Then he became president of the ICC 1997-2000 and BCCI president 2001-2004.