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BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya suffers heart attack, rushed to hospital

Kolkata: Jagmohan Dalmiya, President of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was on Thursday admitted to a hospital here after he suffered a serious heart attack.Dalmiya was rushed to Kolkata's BM Birla hospital
India TV Sports Desk September 18, 2015 0:00 IST
India TV Sports Desk

Kolkata: Jagmohan Dalmiya, President of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was on Thursday admitted to a hospital here after he suffered a serious heart attack.

Dalmiya was rushed to Kolkata's BM Birla hospital after a massive cardiac arrest.

Dalmiya, a veteran administrator, attributed to commercializing BCCI, has not been keeping well for a while. He has not been seen at public events for quite some time.

Many in the board have expressed their concern over his inability to conduct business and feel that he should step down from the post.

75-year-old Dalmiya returned as BCCI chief after a gap of 10 years. He was replaced by Sharad Pawar who ended his dominion in the cricket board.

He returned at the helm of the bboard after Supreme Court barred then president N Srinivasan from contesting the elections.

The 75-year-old Dalmiya, who has not been keeping good health for the past few months, was rushed to the BM Birla heart Research Instittute by the family members.

“Jagmohan Dalmiya was today admitted to the BM Birla Hospital after 9 pm after he was brought here with complaints of chest pain. A medical team has been assigned and they are monitoring his health,” a hospital source told PTI today.

Dalmiya's son Abhishek and former India captain Sourav Ganguly were with him when he was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the hospital.

Minister in-charge of sports (West Bengal) Arup Biswas and top Cricket Association of Bengal officials rushed to the hospital immediately after hearing the news.

That Dalmiya's health has been an issue was an open secret in the Indian cricket circle for quite some time after he took over the BCCI president's post in March, this year.

Due to Dalmiya's health conditions, it has been secretary Anurag Thakur, who has called the shots. Since the doctors advised him against travelling, the major BCCI meetings were being held in Kolkata in recent times.

A seasoned cricket administrator, Dalmiya has been associated with BCCI for over three decades.He has been instrumental in bringing the Reliance World Cup in India back in 1987 and also was the man who worked to make BCCI the richest board in the world. Along with IS Bindra, Dalmiya also got the 1996 World Cup being hosted by India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

During the AGM in March this year, Dakmiya emerged as a consensus candidate and was elected president of the board for the second time unopposed while there was election for all the other office-bearer's posts.