Kapil Dev's coach Desh Prem Azad passes away

Desh Prem Azad coached Kapil Dev (above) in the early 1970s © Getty Images (File photo)

Chandigarh: Aug 16, 2013

Desh Prem Azad, a former coach of legendary cricketer Kapil Dev, died after a brief illness at a hospital in nearby Mohali, his family said.

Azad, who remained Kapil’s coach in the early 1970’s, was 75. He is survived by his wife and two sons.

He was also bestowed upon Dronacharya Award in the past.

Azad had remained a prominent personality in Chandigarh.

The Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) sources said that he was hospitalised in a private hospital at Mohali for the past 15 days.

Only three days back, he had visited the PCA, they said adding that he breathed his last in a private hospital at Mohali on Friday.