Former International Cricket Council (ICC) chief Jagmohan Dalmiya, hailed as the architect of India's rise as the game's financial superpower, passed away in a private hospital in Kolkata on Sunday.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president was admitted to hospital after suffering a heart attack on Thursday. He was 75.
"Mr Dalmiya played a significant part in positioning Indian cricket at the global level and the astute administrator in him guided Indian cricket to greater heights," BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur said in a statement.
A businessman known for his marketing acumen, Dalmiya was a key figure in bringing the 1987 World Cup to the sub-continent and was elected ICC chief in 1997.