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Arun Jaitley, former BCCI vice-president and Delhi cricket boss, dies aged 66

Arun Jaitley, the former union minister who also served as a vice-president of the BCCI, has died aged 66 following an illness.

Jaitley’s involvement in Indian cricket began in earnest in the late 1990s, when he became a member of the Delhi and Districts Cricket Association, the governing body of cricket in the national capital. In 1999, soon after becoming a union minister, Jaitley took charge as the DDCA president, a post he held till 2013, the same year he became vice-president of the BCCI for a brief period before resigning in the wake of the IPL spot-fixing scandal.

“A remarkable statesman, Mr Jaitley was a passionate cricket follower and will always be remembered as one of the most able and respected cricket administrators,” the BCCI said in a statement. “During his long tenure as the President of the Delhi District Cricket Association, he brought about a tremendous change in the cricketing infrastructure.

“A close friend of the cricketers, he always stood by them, encouraged them and supported them in their quest for excellence.”

Jaitley was also a member of the IPL governing council. Following news of his death on Saturday, a number of Delhi-based cricketers, as well as some others, expressed their condolences on Twitter.

Article source: http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/story/1198593.html?CMP=OTC-RSS

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