NCP chief and former president of the BCCI and ICC Sharad Pawar has condoled the demise of BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya, saying he will always be remembered as the first person from a third world country to hold the office of ICC.
“I am deeply saddened to know about the demise of Jagmohan 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,” Pawar said.
“He made BCCI a powerful and influential cricket body in the field of sports. May his soul rest in eternal peace,” the NCP chief said. It may be recalled that in bitter BCCI elections in 2005 , Pawar beat Damiya to become BCCI president . And interestingly , when the SC court asked BCCI cheif N Srinivasan to step aside following the IPL 2013 spot- fixing scandal involving his son- in law Gurunath Maeiyappan and his own conflict of Interest, Dalmiya emerged as a consensus candidate of both the Pawar and the Srinivasan factions.
Dalmiya passed away at a private hospital in Kolkata,three days after he was hospitalised following a heart attack.He was 75. He was not keeping well for the last few months and had skipped many important BCCI meetings. That had put the BCCI in a fix. The SC too had pulled up the BCCI and and asked how was running the affairs of the BCCI when Dalmiya was so un- well.