kolkata: A workaholic all his life, Jagmohan Dalmiya, 75, died late on Sunday. His working hours had shortened but most of last week he was a regular at his office, rather his den, the Eden Gardens administrative block, from where he had planned big and small coups for close to three decades. With his dead an era of Indian Cricket team ended up.
Jagmohan Dalmiya’s rise to the top of cricket administration was meteoric. Known for his shrewdness as an administrator, Dalmiya served in several positions across the Cricket Association of Bengal, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and International Cricket Council (ICC) and played a key role in the transformation of India into a cricketing super-power.
Let’s have a glance back to his wonderful career-
30th May, 1940 he was born in a Marwari family in Calcutta.
He was playing with Scottish Church College team.
Dalmiya started his career as a Wicket-keeper. He had a double century at club level.
In 1965 he joined his father’s firm ML Dalmiya & Co. that constructed Calcutta’s M.P Birla Planetarium.
His Introduction to the administration of Cricket within a decade.
In 1979 he joined the Board of Control for Cricket in India.
In 1983 he elected for the treasurer of the BCCI.
In 1993 he sold the TV rights of India-England series to Trans World International (TWI) for roughly $40,000.
In 1996 brought the World Cup back to the sub-continent.
In 1997 he was elected ICC President, Served in the role for three years until 2000.
In 1998 he modernized the functioning of the ICC to make it a more-profit driven organization.
In 1999 he conducted the World Cup in England. Television rights sold for $16 million.
In 2000 he gave up the post of ICC President after a falling out with the establishment.
In 2001he was Elected BCCI President after two decades in BCCI administration.
In 2004 he was finished term as BCCI President. His faction member Ranbir Singh Mahendra is elected to the post.
In 2005 Sharad Pawar becomes the BCCI president as the Dalmiya faction loses. He was banned from BCCI meetings.
In 2006 Pawar-led BCCI file criminal complaint against Dalmiya citing misappropriation of funds during his stint as PILCOM convener.
In 2007 he resigns as Cricket Association of Bengal chief due to allegations of misappropriation of funds.
In 2008 Calcutta High Court suspend his expulsion paving the way for his return as CAB chief.
In 2010 BCCI revoke his expulsion after he withdraws a civil case against them.
In 2013 Becomes interim BCCI president after incumbent president N Srinivasan is asked to stay away to allow fair probe into IPL spot-fixing scandal.
In 2015 he was Elected BCCI president unopposed after N Srinivasn is sidelined by the Supreme Court.
In 2015 he was unable to involve in day-to-day running of the board due to frequent health issues.
In 2015 suffers a cardiac arrest on September 17 and is admitted to hospital. Passes away aged 75 three days later in a Calcutta hospital.