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PM pays rich tributes to Dalmiya

59Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has paid rich tributes to former president of International Cricket Council (ICC) Jagmohan Dalmiya, saying that the world cricket has lost a great enthusiast, promoter and well-wisher of modern cricket in his death.

In a condolence message sent to his wife Chandralekha Dalmiya, the Prime Minister said: “It’s with deep shock that I have learnt about the sad demise of Mr. Jagmohan Dalmiya yesterday.”

As a cricketing nation, she said, the people of Bangladesh will always cherish his encouragement and support for the cricket of Bangladesh over the years.

Sheikh Hasina said Jagmohan Dalmiya had worked hard for the cricket and excelled as an administrator throughout his long tenure as the President of Bengal Cricket Association, Board of Control for Cricket in India and the International Cricket Council.

“I join the cricket loving people of Bangladesh, India and all over the world to pray for the salvation and eternal peace of his departed soul. I also pray for you and the bereaved members of your family to have the courage and fortitude to bear this irreparable loss,” she said.

Dalmiya died in a Kolkata hospital on Sunday at the age of 75.

He was admitted with chest pain to the hospital on September 17 and passed away within 72 hours of a heart surgery.