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Former BCCI President B N Dutt no more

24th September 2018
One of the doyens of sports administration and former BCCI President BN Dutt passed away at his city residence today after protracted illness. He was 93. He is survived by his son Subrata Dutta, himself an able sports administrator, daughter Aditi Sen Sharma, and three grand children.
Dutt, often considered a father figure in the Maidan areas which is the seat of all sports clubs in the city, is also credited with giving football and cricket two of the most accomplished names in Mr Ashok Ghosh and Late Jagmohan Dalmiya.
"He was a legendary figure in sports administration. He served Indian cricket in various capacities and with elan. He was the President of CAB and BCCI, posts he held with distinguished accomplishment. His loss leaves a void hard to fill. My deepest condolence to the bereaved family. May they find strength in this dark hour," said CAB President Sourav Ganguly.
Having began his career as a football administrator serving the Indian Football Association from 1963 to 1975 as Secretary. Thereafter he became the Cricket Association of Bengal Secretary in 1977. Mr Dutt held that post till 1981. From 1982 to 1986 he was the President at CAB and then became the Chairman at the very association from 1987 to 91.

Prior to becoming the Board of Control for Cricket in India President in 1989 he was the vice-president at BCCI. He served two complete terms from 1989 to 1991 as President of cricket's apex body. Thereafter he was the Chairman of the Trustee Board at CAB.
"He was a father figure of Kolkata Maidan. His contribution to game is immense and was a huge binding force in getting everyone together. Its also a huge personal loss. The bond between our families is completely at a different level. Deepest condolences to his family," said Avishek Dalmiya , Hony. Joint Secretary, CAB.
Even after his retirement from active sports administration, he continued to be the voice of conscience in the Maidan. Known to be fair, just and yet resolved and strict, he was a man of the masses and was able to unite people for development of sports. He also had the quality to scout and pick prodigious talent and back them, something which he did throughout his life. Legendary cricket administrator Late Jagmohan Dalmiya considered him as his mentor and often turned to him for advice. They held a very special bond of friendship.
CAB remained closed today as a mark of respect to the departed soul.

Arindam Basu