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BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya passes away

MUMBAI: Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Jagmohan Dalmiya passed away in Kolkata following a heart attack on Sunday.

The former ICC president, Dalmiya, 75, was admitted in BM Birla Hospital on 17 September with complaints of chest pain and was taken to intensive care.

Dalmiya, who changed the fortunes of the Indian cricket board, first served as president of the BCCI from 2001 to 2004. He took the charge on an interim basis in 2013 and returned full-time once again in March 2015. He was president of ICC from 1997 to 2000.

Paying his respects, Sachin Tendulkar tweeted, “Heartfelt condolences to the family & friends of Jagmohan Dalmiya. Had met him in June. Little did I realise that it would be the last. Will always cherish his encouragement & support over the years. Worked hard for the game of cricket & excelled as an administrator.”

Dalmiya had joined the BCCI in 1979 and was one of the men credited with bringing the World Cup to the subcontinent for the first time in 1987.

PM Narendra Modi tweeted, “My thoughts are with the family of Shri Jagmohan Dalmiya in this hour of grief. May Shri Dalmiya’s soul rest in peace.”

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee tweeted, “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. We will give him a state honour. He was an asset.”

Dalmiya is survived by a daughter and a son.