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Deeply saddened: BCCI secretary condoles demise of MCA president Amol Kale

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Jay Shah expressed condolences on the demise of Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) president Amol Kale.

On Monday, the MCA released an official statement confirming Kale’s demise at the age of 47. Shah took to X to pay tribute to Kale for his exemplary contribution to Mumbai Cricket.

Kale became the MCA president after defeating former India and Mumbai cricketer Sandip Patil in the elections held in October 2022.

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar also expressed condolences on the demise of Kale.

“I came to know about the saddening incident during my speech. He passed away during his tour in America. It is unfortunate… I am trying to get information about what happened… I express my condolences,” Pawar told the media.

MCA’s apex council member, Jitendra Awhad, wrote on X, “Heard the sad news of the demise of Amol Kale, President of Mumbai Cricket Association. Good organiser and a cricket lover. Amol, this was not your age to say goodbye to the world. It’s a personal loss to me.”

Former India cricketer and head coach Ravi Shastri wrote on X, “Deeply saddened by the passing of Amol Kale, President of the Mumbai Cricket Association. His passion for the sport and unwavering dedication to its development leaves a void in the cricketing community. Heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues.”

Kale had a successful term with the Mumbai Cricket Association as its president after being elected in 2022. During his tenure, the MCA agreed to give a 100 percent pay raise to its senior men’s cricketers from the 2024-25 season. The decision, approved at the MCA’s recent apex council meeting, will effectively double a player’s earnings through the season.

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