Dean Jones passes away due to a sudden cardiac arrest in Mumbai; Star India issues official statement

He was with the Star Sports commentary team in a bio-secure bubble in Mumbai.

Dean Jones
Dean Jones. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Former Australia cricketer Dean Jones passed away in Mumbai of a sudden cardiac arrest on Thursday. He was 59 years old. The news comes as a shocking one for cricketing fraternity and the fans as he was commentating in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) and was behind the mic even on Wednesday for the game between the Mumbai Indians (MI) and the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).

Jones was part of Star Sports’ commentary team for the IPL and was in a bio-secure bubble in a seven-star hotel with the rest of the team. He was an active cricket analyst and used to give valuable insights on various cricketing matters every now and then.

Not only commentary but he was known for his great work as a coach in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) for the Karachi Kings and Islamabad United.

Star India’s official statement

Star India also released an official statement confirming the sad news of Dean Jones passing away and expressed condolences with his family and friends. It was also confirmed in a statement they are working with the Australian High Commission to make the arrangements.

“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. 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.

“Dean 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. 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,” the statement read.

Dean Jones played 52 Tests and 164 ODIs for Australia during his international career which spanned across eight years from 1984 to 1992. While he mustered 3631 runs in the longest form of the game, Jones amassed 6068 runs in ODIs scoring a total of 18 tons and 60 half-centuries in his international career.

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