BCCI chief Jagmohan Dalmiya dies

Jagmohan Dalmiya (File)
Jagmohan Dalmiya (File)

New Delhi - Jagmohan Dalmiya, the president of India's powerful cricket board, died on Sunday at a hospital in Kolkata where he was being treated for a heart condition, a top cricket official said. He was 75.

"The greatest sports administrator of India has passed away, an era ends," Anurag Thakur, secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), said on Twitter.

Dalmiya, who was also a former head of the International Cricket Council, is credited with overseeing India's emergence as the game's powerhouse during previous stints at the helm of the BCCI.

He returned to the post of BCCI president in March but was subsequently dogged by health problems and he was taken into intensive care at Kolkata's B. M. Birla Heart Research Centre on Thursday night after suffering severe chest pains.

Dalmiya was unceremoniously dumped by the board in 2004 over allegations of financial irregularities but his comeback earlier this year came after his predecessor Narayanaswami Srinivasan was forced out by a corruption scandal.

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