BCCI president condoles Mankad’s death

August 1st, 2008 - 6:29 pm ICT by IANS  

Mumbai, Aug 1 (IANS) Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sharad Pawar expressed condolences to the family of cricketer Ashok Mankad, who died here Friday. Pawar described Mankad as a great tactician of the game whose record in domestic cricket is unmatched.

“Ashok Mankad had a great cricketing brain and was regarded by one and all as being a great tactician. He represented Mumbai Cricket Association in the Ranji Trophy, and his contribution and records in domestic Cricket are unmatched,” Pawar said in a statement.

“After retirement from first class cricket, he served the game as a coach and nurtured the careers of many youngsters. He was associated with the National Cricket Academy,” Pawar said.

“The cricketing fraternity has lost a great friend, philosopher and guide.”

Mankad, who was the son of former India all rounder Vinoo Mankad, is survived by his wife Nirupama Mankad, former national tennis champion.

Mankad, 61, had been a feared first-class cricketer, but with a modest Test record. He played only 22 Tests between 1969 and 1978, scoring 991 runs, and a solitary One-Day International.

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