Former BCCI general manager M.V. Sridhar passes away

Dr. Sridhar suffered a massive heart attack around lunch time on Monday in Hyderabad.

M.V. Sridhar recently resigned as the BCCI General Manager - Cricket Operations.   -  PTI

Former Hyderabad Ranji star and the ex-Secretary of Hyderabad Cricket Association, Dr. M.V. Sridhar, passed away on Wednesday. He was 51.

Dr. Sridhar suffered a massive heart attack around lunch time on Monday in Hyderabad and was rushed to a hospital where he was declared brought dead.

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Sridhar held many high profile posts including the manager of the Indian team when the infamous Monkeygate erupted, which threatened an abrupt end to the Australia tour. His deft handling with his acknowledged communication skills have won all round appreciation.

Dr. Sridhar was also the Tournament Director of theT 20 World Cup held in India a couple of years ago.

Only last month, Dr. Sridhar resigned as BCCI general manager, Cricket Operations, and has been keeping a low profile since then. HCA Secretary T. Seshnarayan termed it as a huge personal loss and also to the game.

Former Test cricketer and BCCI president N. Shivlal Yadav and former India off-spinner Arshad Ayub also expressed shock at the sudden demise of Dr. Sridhar.

Condolences pour in

 

V.V.S. Laxman

Cricketing great V.V.S. Laxman said it was a "rude shock" for him to know about Dr. Sridhar's death. "He was like an elder brother to me, supported me so much in my formative years," he said.

Laxman said he learnt the art of scoring 100s from Sridhar. "He was not only a fine cricketer but also a terrific human being too. The entire cricketing world misses him and it is a personal loss to me," he said, just before leaving to call on the bereaved family members.

M.S.K. Prasad

"I am deeply saddened with the unfortunate demise of Dr. M.V. Sridhar. Today, we have lost an excellent cricketer, an able administrator and good friend," said M.S.K. Prasad, chairman of national selection panel."My heartfelt condolences to his family members," he said.

S. Dinakar adds from Chennai: M.V. Sridhar played three seasons for Alwarpet in the TNCA first division league during the early 90s.

Remembering him, former India stumper Bharath Reddy, who was instrumental in getting Sridhar to play in Chennai, said to Sportstar, “He played like a professional. After Abdul Jabbar, he was among the earlier players from Hyderabad to feature in the first division league here.”

Reddy added, “He was a tenacious top-order batsman who liked to stay at the wicket for long periods. Sridhar was also a nice person to get along with.”

The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association in a message said, “The TNCA deeply condoles the sad demise of Dr. M. V. Sridhar a former First Class cricketer, former secretary of Hyderabad Cricket Association and former General Manager, Cricket Operations, BCCI. A former TNCA first division league player, Dr. Sridhar had an illustrious career both as a cricketer and a cricket administrator. The TNCA sends it deepest condolence to the family members of the departed soul.”