Former BCCI secretary Jaywant Lele passes away

Updated: Sep 20, 2013, 09:44 AM IST

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Jaywant Lele, former BCCI secretary passed away on Thursday night after suffering a heart-attack at a hospital in Vadodara. He was 75.

Lele is survived by his wife Anjali, son Ajit and daughter Amrita.

Lele had become the BCCI secretary in 1996 and was in charge when the match-fixing scandal broke out in 2000. During the 2001 board elections he lost his post to Niranjan Shah.

According to the media reports, Lele`s son Ajit said that his father died due to a heart attack. According to Ajit, he was also suffering from viral fever. He will be cremated today at 11am.

He had celebrated his 75th birthday on September 13, said former India stumper Nayan Mongia.

"He had celebrated his 75th birthday with his friends. It is very unfortunate. He was like a father to me. I always used to consult him on various issues. He had guided me from the age of 12," stated Mongia.

According to family sources, Lele, who had written an autobiography on his career as a cricket administrator, was not feeling well during his birthday celebrations because of a viral infection.

Lele had a diploma in mechanical and electrical engineering and had worked at Sarabhai Chemicals.

He became the honorary secretary of the Baroda Cricket Association (BCA) in 1969.

Lele had also criticized N Srinivasan, BCCI chief-in-exile, a couple of times in the recent past.

With PTI inputs