BCCI mourns Ashok Mankad's death

Published: Friday, August 1, 2008, 17:37 [IST]
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Mumbai: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) today condoled the death of former Test batsman Ashok Mankad.

Mankad died in his sleep today. He was 62 and is survived by his wife and two sons.

''I was shocked to hear the sad news of the demise of Ashok Mankad,'' BCCI President Sharad Pawar said.''Mankad had a great cricketing brain and was regarded by one and all as a great tactician. In the passing away of Mankad, the cricketing fraternity has lost a great friend, philosopher and guide,'' he added.

'His contribution and records in domestic cricket are unmatched.'' BCCI Secretary Niranjan Shah also expressed his pain at the sudden demise of Mankad.

''Indian cricket lost one of its stalwarts when Ashok Mankad passed away earlier today. He was a gifted batsman, an outstanding captain, and a respected Cricket Guru,'' Shah said in a separate message.

''On behalf of the Board and cricket fans across the land, I would like to express heartfelt condolences to the Mankad family.'' Mankad, who played 22 Tests, had also served as the manager of the Indian team, besides representing Mumbai Cricket Association in the Ranji Trophy.

He was the eldest son of the legendary Vinoo Mankad. His brothers Rahul and Atul Mankad were also first class cricketers.

After retirement from First Class Cricket, Mankad was also associated with the National Cricket Academy.

Former Test Cricketer and Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) Honorary Secretary Brijesh and Legendary Spinner Erapally Prasanna today condoled the death of Ashok Vinoo Mankad

Recalling his 14-years of playing with Mankad, Patel said ''he (Ashok Mankad) was a great batsman and we learned quite a lot from his captaincy.

''He was an excellent batsman, unfortunately he was forced to open the innings for the country in some matches, but he continued to be a middle order batsman,'' he added.

Prasanna also expressed shock over Ashok Mankad's passing away saying ''he was a close associate of him.'' ''We lost a one of the cricketing links. I always felt he had tremendous knowledge about cricket and belonged to one of those whose services were not utilised fully.

''It is a great loss to cricket as a whole and to me personally,'' he added.


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