Kolkata: BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya died in Kolkata on Sunday. He was 75 years old.
Dalmiya had complained of chest pain and breathing troubles at around 9 pm on Thursday night. He was rushed to BM Birla hospital and doctors monitored his progress. Hospital sources stated that he was monitored closely. Former India captain Sourav Ganguly also rushed from his Behala residence while West Bengal’s minister in-charge of sports Arup Biswas also rushed to the hospital.
An Angioplasty was performed on him and his condition remained stable for close to three days. However, he was declared dead on Sunday night.
Dr Anil Mishra, who was treating Dalmiya, said he died of “massive gastrointestinal hemorrhage” at 8.45pm.
“He was responding to treatment but became unstable in the morning. Our medical board decided to conduct an angioplasty late afternoon. He was stabilised but after that there was a massive gastrointestinal hemorrhage which led to a lot of bleeding. He succumbed to the bleeding at 8.45pm,” Dr Mishra said in his official medical bulletin. He confirmed two stents were planted in his heart.
“Dalmiya had served the BCCI for 36 years. He became treasurer of the organisation in 1983 and was instrumental in helping India host the 1987 and 1996 World Cups. He also served as ICC President in 1997. Dalmiya is survived by his wife, his son Abhishek and a daughter.
Ever since he took over as BCCI president, he has been plagued by poor health. There were dissenting voices in the BCCI about his failing health and recently there were calls to remove him from the post of president.
A very important question that arises now is who will succeed Dalmiya for the post of the BCCI president.
According to the BCCI constitution, if a president’s post is vacated midway through his tenure, “the secretary shall within 15 days convene a Special General Body Meeting to elect the President who shall be nominated by at least one Full Member from the zone which proposed the name of the President whose term was cut short prematurely. Such person who is so elected shall hold office till the next elections.”
Dalmiya took over the reins of the BCCI for a second time in March, after a gap of 10 years, when he got a walkover in the elections. But he has been ailing since then, and his health has deteriorated further over the last few weeks.
That Dalmiya’s health has been an issue was an open secret in the Indian cricket circle for quite some time. Due to Dalmiya’s health conditions, it has been secretary Anurag Thakur who has called the shots.
It has been quite some time that Dalmiya has not been able to properly conduct any BCCI meetings in the near past. In fact, Dalmiya could not coherently answer any question when he met the three-member SC appointed panel headed by Justice RM Lodha, where his son was prompting all the questions to him.