ICC chairman Srinivasan called Jagmohan Dalmiya’s demise a “a great loss” for the cricket fraternity while IPL chairman calso echoed the same sentiments, saying it would be hard to fill the void.
“I am saddened with the passing of Mr Dalmiya. He was a visionary cricket administrator who dedicated his life to cricket. Cricket flourished in India during his tenures as the BCCI president, while global cricket got stronger when he was the ICC president. Cricket has lost one of its most loyal, committed and dedicated servants,” said Srinivasan.
Giving credit to Dalmiya for revolutionising the sport, he said: “When we won the 1983 World Cup the board didn’t have even 15 lakh money to reward the players and it was Lata Mangeshkar who had helped the Board.
“From that crisis he made a way by selling TV rights and ensured that cricket reaches to all the countries and at the grassroots level. If we take into account of the domestic matches we conduct 55000 matches (every season),” Srinivasan said.
He added, “He ensured that everyone from state association to players get benefited. His vision and way of functioning not only took Indian cricket but the world cricket to greater heights. Because of him the Indian subcontinent got prominence in the ICC.
“It’s very difficult to cope up with the crisis because there’s a big void. We will try our best to fulfill his vision and desire. We will run the Board in a manner by which his aspirations can be fulfilled.”...