Mumbai: Former President of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Raj Singh Dungarpur died on Saturday following a protracted illness at his Worli home in Mumbai.
Seventy-four-year old Dungarpur was reportedly suffering from Alzheimer.
“It is a great loss to the Indian cricket. He served the Indian cricket diligently and with distinction, in several capacities. He was a self-effacing individual who always put the sport, and Indian cricket in particular, above everything else," BCCI President Shahshank Manohar said in a statement.
“His contribution to Indian cricket for more than 30 years can never be forgotten," Manohar added.
Born in Dungarpur in Rajasthan on December 19, 1935, Raj Singh Dungarpur was the youngest son of the ruler of Dungarpur, Maharawal Lakshman Singhji.
Dungarpur served as the BCCI President between 1996 to 1998 and was also the President of Cricket Club of India (CCI) for 13 years in Mumbai. His last cricketing stint was as the manager of the Indian team to Pakistan in 2005-06.
He was a selector of national team for two terms. He also managed the Indian cricket team four times on overseas tours.
As a player, Dungarpur had played for Rajasthan as a medium pace bowler in 86 first class cricket matches between 1955 to 1971 and claimed 206 wickets.