New Delhi:BCCI President Sharad Pawar expressed shock at the sudden demise of former Test player Ashok Mankad in Mumbai on Friday and said he would be missed by the entire cricket fraternity.
"I was shocked to hear the sad news of the demise of Ashok Mankad, a former Test Cricketer," Pawar said in a statement issue in New Delhi.
"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.
Mankad, who played 22 Tests, had also served as the manager of the Indian team, besides representing Mumbai Cricket Association in the Ranji Trophy.
"...His contribution and records in domestic cricket are unmatched," Pawar said.
After retirement from First Class Cricket, Mankad served the game as a coach and nurtured the careers of many youngsters. He was also associated with the National Cricket Academy.
BCCI General Secretary Niranjan Shah condoled Mankad's death on behalf of the Board and fans across the country.
"Indian cricket lost one of its stalwarts when Ashok Mankad passed away earlier today. On behalf of the Board and cricket fans across the land, I would like to express heartfelt condolences to the Mankad family," Shah said in a separate press release.
"He was a gifted batsman, an outstanding captain, and a respected cricket guru. An individual, who dedicated his life to the sport, 'Kaka' will be missed by every single follower of cricket in this country," he added.