Vadodara/Calcutta: Jaywant Lele, the former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary, during whose tenure the match-fixing scandal broke out in 2000, passed away at his residence in Vadodara following a massive heart attack.
Lele breathed his last on Thursday night. He was 75 and is survived by wife, son and daughter.
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 International Cricket Council in 1996, had celebrated his 75th birthday on September 13.
A qualified umpire and a club level cricketer, Lele later graduated to BCCI ranks and then rose to become its secretary during one of the most turbulent periods in Indian cricket.
It was during his tenure as the secretary that the Board first set up the Justice Chandrachud Commission to enquire into match-fixing charges and then asked the CBI to probe the charges after Hansie Cronje admitted to fixing matches.
The BCCI, on Friday, condoled Lele’s death.