Shoaib Akhtar shares heartfelt video paying tribute to Late Dean Jones
Jones had worked as as head coach for PSL teams, Islamabad United and Karachi Kings.
Updated - Sep 25, 2020 9:41 am
Amidst the joys and jubilations of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the cricketing world was greeted with a massive blow. On Thursday, September 24, former Australian cricketer Dean Jones passed away at the age of 59. Jones was in Mumbai as a commentator for the ongoing T20 tournament. In the same morning, he had breakfast with Brett Lee and Nikhil Chopra, another commentator.
The veteran suffered a massive heart attack in the hotel lobby where he was putting up for his commentary stint. Reportedly, Lee tried to give CPR to his fellow countryman, but to no avail. The development has saddened the entire cricket nation.
Dean Jones leaves planet earth
“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,” Star India was quoted as saying in a statement.
“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.
“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.”
Virat Kohli, Team India and RCB’s captain, and Ravi Shastri, the head coach of the Indian team, dropped in their condolences as well. Renowned cricket journalist Harsha Bhogle also was left speechless by what unfolded on Thursday.
In the meantime, Shoaib Akhtar, the former Pakistan fast bowler, paid tribute to the great man, whose international career spanned 10 years from 1984 to 1994. The Rawalpindi Express shared a video where Jones can be seen, carrying litter off the ground.
He captioned the video in Urdu, the English translation of which goes by, “This video is enough to explain what kind of person #DanJones was. * * Easy comfort. You will be missed Sir!”
Here’s Akhtar’s video: –
*یہ ویڈیو اس بات کی وضاحت کرنے کے لئے کافی ہے کہ # ڈین جونز کس طرح کے انسان تھے۔*
*آرام سے سکون۔ آپ کو یاد کیا جائے گا سر!*💔😢 pic.twitter.com/28GCQI0tvr
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) September 24, 2020
Jones has been an integral part of Pakistan cricket as well. He was the head coach of the Islamabad United in the Pakistan Super League (PSL). Thereafter, he moved to the Karachi Kings, who made the PSL playoffs this season.