BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya is no more and breathed his last at 9:15 PM on the 20th of September. The BCCI boss was admitted to the BM Birla Heart Research Centre on Thursday evening after he complained of severe chest pain. After being admitted in the Intensive Care Unit, a blood clot was removed. Dalmiya also underwent a heart surgery after a blockage was found.
Dalmiya had not been in the best of health since the last few months. During the IPL final presentation of 2015, Dalmiya made his final public appearance. On that occasion as well, Dalmiya did not look in the best of health.
With the BCCI already in turmoil over the court orders placed against N. Srinivasan, Dalmiya’s death will only complicate things further for the richest cricket board.
Dalmiya was named as the BCCI President in March, and that had marked his second stint as the BCCI President. Dalmiya will also be remembered for his contribution to the BCCI. He joined the board in 1979 and became the treasurer in 1983. Dalmiya played a key role in staging the 1987 and 1996 World Cups in Asia. He was then named the ICC President in 1997 and held the position for 3 years.
In 2005, he was awarded the International Journal of the History of Sports Achievement award for administrative excellence in global sport. Renowned cricket pundit Ian Chappell once said about Dalmiya, “He has a vision for the game’s progress that I haven’t heard enunciated by any other so-called leader among cricket officials.”
His death leaves an irreplaceable void within the international cricketing fraternity. We pay our condolences to the entire Dalmiya family.