London: Raj Singh Dungarpur was an "uncompromising devotee" of Indian cricket who opened the doors for Sachin Tendulkar to Indian team, British newspaper Times said in a tribute to the former BCCI president, who passed away a couple of weeks ago.
In an obituary, The Times described Dungarpur as "cricketer, selector, president of the Cricket Club of India and manager in 1986 of one of the most successful Indian sides to tour England."
"Dungarpur was an uncompromising devotee of Indian cricket, credited with launching the international career of Sachin Tendulkar and championing the captaincy skills of Mohammad Azharuddin.
Dungarpur was the selection committee chairmane when Tendulkar was chosen to play in his first Test in 1989.
"Few would have considered allowing anyone to play at the highest level at such a young age. At Dungarpur's request Tendulkar appeared first against Pakistan," it said.