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Jagmohan Dalmiya: A tribute

With the passing away of Jagmohan Dalmiya, world cricket lost one of its finest administrators.

Dalmiya passed away at the BM Birla hospital in Kolkata, where he was hospitalised after suffering a cardiac attack on Thursday evening.

Jagmohan Dalmiya joined the BCCI as its treasurer in 1983, and, along with bureaucrat Inderjit Singh Bindra, was the stalwart who weaved his magical and forceful personality to influence South Asia to win the right to stage the Cricket World Cup in 1987 and 1996. After the financial success of the 1996 World Cup, Dalmiya, now a known name, aimed for the ICC. In 1997 he was unanimously elected president of the ICC. He never forgot his roots though, as over the next three years, he contributed massively towards a renaissance of Indian cricket.

During his tenure, he not only transformed the finances of Indian cricket, but also made the BCCI become one of the most powerful and richest cricketing bodies of the world.

Indian cricket will always remain indebted towards Dalmiya for his incredible contribution.

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