Lele breathed his last late on Thursday night. He was 75 and is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter.

The outspoken Lele, who served as BCCI's assistant secretary and later took over the reins as the secretary when Jagmohan Dalmiya became the president of the International Cricket Council in 1996, had celebrated his 75th birthday on September 13, said former India stumper Nayan Mongia, who confirmed the news of his death.

"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," 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.

"He suffered a massive heart attack when he went to the bathroom before going to sleep. He was escorted to the bed but he passed away," said family sources.

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.


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