Jaywant Lele

Jaywant Lele breathed his last late on September 19 night. He was 75 and is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter Photo Courtesy: Sudatta Mukherjee

Mumbai: Sep 20, 2013

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) condoled the death of Jaywant Lele, the diminutive former BCCI secretary during whose tenure the match-fixing scandal broke out in 2000, and who passed away at his residence in Vadodara following a massive heart attack.

“I am shocked to hear of the sad demise of Mr. Jaywant Lele. He was associated with the BCCI for nearly three decades, representing the Baroda Cricket Association,” BCCI President N Srinivasan said in a statement.

“He served as Hony. Jt. Secretary and Hony. Secretary of the Board for almost a decade. He was also part of the BCCI’s Umpires’ Panel. We shall miss him. May his soul rest in peace,” he added.

Lele breathed his last late on September 19 night. He was 75 and is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter.

Board secretary Sanjay Patel, too, offered his condolences.

“The BCCI is saddened by the news of Mr. Jaywant Lele’s demise. He was an astute administrator, who served the Board with distinction for several years. On behalf of the BCCI, I would like to extend my condolences to his near and dear ones.

May his soul rest in peace,” Patel said.

The outspoken Lele, who served as BCCI’s assistant secretary and later took over the reins as the secretary when Jagmohan Dalmiya became the president of the ICC in 1996, had celebrated his 75th birthday on September 13.

According to family sources, Lele suffered a massive heart attack when he went to the bathroom before going to sleep. He was “escorted to the bed but he passed away”.

Lele, who had written an autobiography on his career as a cricket administrator, was not well on his birthday as he was suffering from a viral infection.

A qualified umpire and a club level cricketer, Lele later graduated to BCCI ranks and then rose to become its secretary during one of the most turbulent period in Indian cricket.

It was during his tenure as the BCCI secretary that the Board first set up the Justice Chandrachud commission to enquire into match-fixing charges and asked the CBI to probe the charges after former South African captain Hansie Cronje admitted to fixing matches and got banned for life.

Cronje had named several cricketers around the world, including former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin.

The match-fixing scandal led to the life ban imposed by the Board on Azharuddin and Ajay Sharma and five-year bans on Ajay Jadeja and Manoj Prabhakar.