Former Cricket Board chief Rungta passes away

Last Updated: Jul 12, 2012, 12:04 PM IST

Mumbai: Former BCCI President P M Rungta died here on Thursday after prolonged illness, the Cricket Board said.

Rungta passed away this morning at his residence, said BCCI CAO Prof Ratnakar Shetty.

BCCI President N Srinivasan offered condolences describing him as an "invaluable guide"

"Mr. Rungta was an individual who lived and breathed cricket. He served the BCCI with distinction as its President, and was an invaluable guide in later years. He will always be missed," Srinivasan said in his condolence message.

Rungta served as the BCCI President for a three-year term between 1972-73 and 1974-75.

Known as `Bhaiji` to his friends and close acquaintances, Rungta continued to be involved with the BCCI affairs for several years.

Rungta`s brother Kishan is a former cricketer and ex-chairman of the national selection panel while his son Kishore is a former treasurer of the Board.

PTI