Telegraph – Calcutta, India – Arun Jaitley, who passed away in New Delhi on Saturday at the age of 66 after battling a long illness, was always seen as a kingmaker in the country’s cricket administration.
- He never became the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) but wielded enormous clout in the running of its affairs till the time the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators took charge of its functioning.
- Jaitley was supposed to take over as the BCCI president in 2014 in the wake of the spot-fixing scandal that rocked Indian cricket and implicated N.
- The late Jagmohan Dalmiya was made the BCCI president unanimously at the AGM in Chennai in 2015 after Jaitley stepped in and approved his candidature.
- Many believed that there was a huge political influence behind Anurag’s victory because Jaitley ensured his young party colleague didn’t lose to Patel.
- Jaitley relinquished the BCCI vice-president’s post due to political commitments but remained one of the most respected voices in the BCCI.