Former secretary of the Board for Control of Cricket in India, Jaywant Yeshwant Lele passed away at his residence on Friday following a massive heart attack.
He was 75 and is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter. "He suffered a massive heart attack when he went to bathroom before going to sleep. He was escorted to the bed but he passed away," said family sources.
Lele served as BCCI's assistant secretary and later took over as its secretary when Jagmohan Dalmiya became the president of the International Cricket Council in 1996. He had celebrated his 75th birthday on September 13.
"He had celebrated his 75th birthday with his friends. It is very unfortunate. He was like a father to me. I always used to consult him on various issues. He had guided me from the age of 12," former India stumper Nayan Mongia said.
According to family sources, Lele, who had written an autobiography on his career as a cricket administrator, was not feeling well during his birthday celebrations because of a viral infection.
It was during Lele's tenure as the BCCI secretary that the match-fixing scandal broke out in 2000, which led to the life ban imposed by the board on former captain Mohammad Azharuddin and Ajay Sharma and five-year bans on Ajay Jadeja and Manoj Prabhakar.