The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) condoled the death of Jaywant Lele on Friday, who who passed away at his residence in Vadodara following a massive heart attack. It was during the diminutive former BCCI secretary’s tenure the match-fixing scandal broke out in 2000.

“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 Jt. Secretary and Hony. Secretary of the Board for almost a decade. He was also part of the BCCI Umpires’ Panel. We shall miss him. May his soul rest in peace,” he added.

Mr. Lele breathed his last late on 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. 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.” Mr. 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.

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