BCCI, former cricketers condole Arun Jaitley’s death

The Board described him as a “remarkable statesman” and an “able and respected” cricket administrator.

Arun Jaitley died at the age of 66 on Saturday.   -  K. V. S. Giri

The BCCI on Saturday condoled the demise of Arun Jaitley, describing him as a “remarkable statesman” and an “able and respected” cricket administrator.

“A remarkable statesman, Mr Jaitley was a passionate cricket follower and will always be remembered as one of the most able and respected cricket administrators,” BCCI said in a press release.

The BCCI also lauded the former Delhi & Districts Cricket Association president for bringing in change in state cricket’s administration.

“During his long tenure as the President of the [DDCA], he brought about a tremendous change in the cricketing infrastructure. A close friend of the cricketers, he always stood by them, encouraged them and supported them in their quest for excellence,” it stated.

“The BCCI shares the pain and grief of the Jaitley family and prays for the departed soul,” the Board said.

 

BCCI President C.K. Khanna said, “It is indeed a very sad day for the whole of India as we have lost Arun Jaitleyji to a long and tough battle with health...A truly humble, self-made man who rose to greats heights, and has etched a place for himself in the history of modern India, with his genius, grit, charisma and commitment! It is a deep personal loss for me...Our association goes back to our college days in Shri Ram College Of Commerce where we worked together, he as the President, and me as the General Secretary of the College Union.

“I also had the privilege of inviting and closely working with him in the Cricket Administration in DDCA and BCCI. His contribution in the field of cricket shall be remembered forever... Today the Nation has truly lost a great Statesman and I have personally lost a very dear friend... May his soul find peace. Om Shanti!!"

Former BCCI President and ICC Chairman N. Srinivasan described Jaitley's demise as a difficult void to fill.

"Shri Arun Jaitley’s passing away leaves a void difficult to fill. Not only was he a great lawyer and a successful finance minister he was also through his abiding interest in cricket been a stalwart of the BCCI for over two decades. A personal friend, I shall miss him," said Mr. Srinivasan, Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of India Cements Limited.

The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association also condoled the demise of Mr. Jaitley. "An ardent sports lover he has served as the President, Delhi District Cricket Association (DDCA), Vice President, Board of Control for Cricket in India, Member of the Governing Council of the Indian Premier League. A thorough gentleman, a trusted friend, and well-wisher of TNCA, the members and cricket fraternity of TNCA send their deepest sympathies and condolence to the family members of the departed soul. May God give his family the strength to bear this terrible loss," said a statement from the TNCA.