Mumbai, Aug 1 (UNI) 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 was survived by his wife and two sons.
''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,'' BCCI Secretary Niranjan Shah said in a condolence message.
''On behalf of the Board and cricket fans across the land, I would like to express heartfelt condolences to the Mankad family.'' BCCI president Sharad Pawar was also shocked at the sudden demise of Mankad here.
''I was shocked to hear the sad news of the demise of Ashok Mankad,'' 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.
Mankad, who played 22 Tests, had also served as the manager of the Indian team, besides representing Mumbai Cricket Association in the Ranji Trophy.
Ashok 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.
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