The Cricket Board (BCCI) on Friday condoled the death of Jaywant Lele, the diminutive former BCCI secretary during whose tenure the match-fixing scandal broke out in 2000, and who passed away at his residence in Vadodara following a massive heart attack.
"I am shocked to hear of the sad demise of Mr. Jaywant Lele. He was associated with the BCCI for nearly three decades, representing the Baroda Cricket Association," BCCI President N Srinivasan said in a statement.
"He served as Hony. Jt. Secretary and Hony. Secretary of the Board for almost a decade. He was also part of the BCCI's Umpires' Panel. We shall miss him. May his soul rest in peace," he added.
Lele breathed his last late Thursday night. He was 75 and is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter. Board secretary Sanjay Patel, too, offered his condolences.
"The BCCI is saddened by the news of Mr. Jaywant Lele's demise. He was an astute administrator, who served the Board with distinction for several years. On behalf of the BCCI, I would like to extend my condolences to his near and dear ones.
May his soul rest in peace," Patel said. The outspoken Lele, who served as BCCI's assistant secretary and later took over the reins as the secretary when Jagmohan Dalmiya became the president of the ICC in 1996, had celebrated his 75th birthday on September 13.