Avishek Dalmiya
Avishek Dalmiya

Good Evening!

At the very outset, on behalf of my entire family, I express my sincere gratitude to Sri Lanka Cricket for this huge honour.

This book, which is a tribute to Mr. Dalmiya covers various facets of his life. It covers not only his first family, which is cricket, but also about how he was in his personal life and also a businessman.

Fortunately, I have been privy to such facets and can therefore vouch that this book is a must read, if one wishes to know a bit about the man.

I have always heard my father say that whatever little he could achieve was possible because of the support he had received from his colleagues.

He used to say that be it on the field or off it, it is the team effort that gets you success.

I have also heard him say that there is no substitute to honesty, dedication and hard work.

I must also admit that is a nostalgic moment for me, since the last time I had visited this beautiful country was in 1998, exactly 20 years before with my father during The 1998 Nidahas Trophy. It was called as the Singer Akai Nidahas Trophy.

While my father was the ICC President then, It is noteworthy to mention that Mr. Thilanga Sumathipala was the President of the Sri Lanka Cricket at that time as well.

Today, it is a proud privilege to be present amongst the stalwarts and great ambassadors of the game like Mr. Ehsan Mani and Mr. Thilanga Sumathipala.

I have practically grown up seeing them work tirelessly for betterment of the game of cricket.

I personally think that the tenures of my father as well as that of Mr. Ehsan Mani were quite successful in terms of commercial growth as well as globalization of the game.

Also remember how Mr. Thilanga Sumathipala along with Mr. Dalmiya and Mr. Ashraful Haq worked hard for development of the Asian Bloc as the President of Asian Cricket Council.

The game was spread to various parts of Asia and several programmes were undertaken then by the Asian Cricket Council, the results of which the world can see even now.

After all, a stronger Asia meant a stronger World Cricket too as most of the revenue gets generated from this part of the world.

Mr. Dalmiya may have left for heavenly abode, but it is indeed very satisfying to notice the continuing great relationship amongst the boards of Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and India.

That I believe is the real tribute to him.

Before I conclude, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Thilanga Sumathipala for the warm sentiments he had expressed during the inaugural Jagmohan Dalmiya Annual Conclave few months back.

This tribute and acknowledgement of Mr. Dalmiya’s contributions to Sri Lanka Cricket on this historic occasion of 70 years of Independence would always find a special place in our hearts.

Last but not the least, wish the Sri Lanka Cricket all the very best from the core of my heart and hope it would reach greater heights in the days ahead.

Thank you very much!