‘Refusing to accept’: Cricket fraternity in shock after Dean Jones dies, tributes flow in
- Former Australia batsman Dean Jones on Thursday died of a cardiac arrest
- Jones, 59, was in Mumbai with the Star Sports' commentary team for the IPL
- Jones played 52 Tests and 164 ODIs for Australia and was part of the 1987 World Cup-winning team
Former Australia batsman Dean Jones on Thursday died of a cardiac arrest in a Mumbai hotel, Indian Premier League (IPL) broadcasters Star Sports have confirmed, reported news agency PTI. Jones, 59, was in Mumbai with the Star Sports' commentary team for the IPL. "It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing away of Mr. Dean Mervyn Jones AM. He died of a sudden cardiac arrest," Star Sports said a press release.
"We express our deep condolences to his family and stand ready to support them in this difficult time. We are in touch with the Australian High Commission to make the necessary arrangements," the release added.
As soon as the news broke, cricketing fraternity took to Twitter and paid tribute to Jones.
He played 52 Tests and 164 ODIs for Australia and was part of the 1987 World Cup-winning team.
"Jones was one of the great ambassadors of the game associating himself with Cricket development across South Asia. He was passionate about discovering new talent and nurturing young cricketers,” the release added.
"He was a champion commentator whose presence and presentation of the game always brought joy to millions of fans. He will be sorely missed by everyone at Star and his millions of fans across the globe. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends," the broadcasters said.