Jagmohan Dalmiya to be accorded state funeral todayKolkata: Last rites of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Jagmohan Dalmiya, who passed away on Sunday evening, will take place today with state honours.Dalmiya's funeral will take place on Monday at
Kolkata: Last rites of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Jagmohan Dalmiya, who passed away on Sunday evening, will take place today with state honours.
Dalmiya's funeral will take place on Monday at the Keoratala crematorium.
Dalmiya, 75, who was admitted to a hospital three days ago after complaining of chest pain, died on Sunday evening triggering shock and sorrow among the fraternity who termed it a great loss to the game.
The veteran cricket administrator, 75, was admitted to the B.M. Birla Hospital on Thursday night and shifted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). He also underwent a coronary angiography with his condition remaining stable for close to three days.
Credited with turning the gentleman's game into a global sport of big money and a reach well beyond its traditional bastions, Dalmiya's death was widely mourned.
President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled his death and extended their condolences to his family.
Cricket icon 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."
Born into a business family in 1940, Dalmiya was a club-level cricketer. He kept wickets for two teams -- Jorabagan and Rajasthan -- in the (then) Calcutta Cricket League, and switched to cricket administration after hanging up his gloves.
He was also known for his resilience, with even his detractors acknowledging that he had it in him to swim back to the shore if thrown deep into the sea, or could rise like the proverbial phoenix from the ashes.
The septuagenarian's almost unbelievable comeback earlier this year as the head of the country's premier cricket body BCCI, which had once ignominiously thrown him out, only reinforced the notion.
Dalmiya was also ICC chief for three years.