New Delhi, Apr 1: Ex-BCCI president and former Union Minister NKP Salve passed away early Sunday morning at a private hospital here due to age-related problems, family sources said. He was 90.
He is survived by son Harish Salve, an eminent advocate, and daughter Arundhati. His wife had predeceased him some time back. He was admitted to the hospital a few days ago, the sources said.
Born in Chhinwada in Madhya Pradesh, Salve was associated with cricket administration for several years. The Challenger Trophy, an annual one-day tournament organised by the BCCI, was named after him.
He had also been a minister at the centre. The body will be taken to Nagpur Sunday night, and his burial will take place Monday morning, sources further said.
"The passing away of Mr NKP Salve has come as a shock to us. His contribution to Indian cricket, as president of the BCCI, can never be forgotten. It was during his tenure that we won the World Cup for the first time, in 1983. It was also due to his initiative that the World Cup was co-hosted by India and Pakistan in 1987. Thus, he was responsible for the World Cup becoming the 'global' event that it is today.
Mr Salve remained in touch with the board in later years, and was a regular at board functions. He also presented the trophy instituted in his name, to the winners of the annual triangular Challenger series, whenever possible. On behalf of the BCCI, I would like to extend my condolences to the Salve family. Indian cricket has lost one of its pillars," N Srinivasan, the board president, said in a statement.