Sumathipala to deliver speech on late Jagmohan Dalmiya

Sumathipala to deliver speech on late Jagmohan Dalmiya

President Thilanga Sumathipala will deliver a speech on Late Jagmohan Dalmiya in Kolkata on the 14th of November.

Jagmohan Dalmiya
Jagmohan Dalmiya. (© DESHAKALYAN CHOWDHURY/AFP/Getty Images)

Jagmohan Dalmiya was arguably the most eminent personality in the history of Indian cricket. He was the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) as well as the International Cricket Council (ICC). To be precise, he was the first Asian and the first non-cricketer to be appointed as the BCCI president.

Indian cricket grew leaps and bounds in the past decade and a half and a fair share of the credit goes to Dalmiya and his contribution. On 20 September 2015, he breath his last in his hometown in Kolkata. As per reports, Sri Lankan cricket President Thilanga Sumathipala will deliver a speech on Late Jagmohan Dalmiya in Kolkata on the 14th of November.

“Jagmohan Dalmiya and Sumathipala were good friends and Dalmiya was a pillar of strength to the Eden Gardens and it is not surprising Sumathipala to speak on Dalmiya,” an official told the media.

As per the media, Sumathipala has been invited on the eve of India’s first Test against Sri Lanka in Kolkata which starts on the 16th of November. The official also mentioned about the schedule for the speech. “Both teams in Kolkata will attend the speech. The CAB has also arranged a dinner on the same evening,” the source added.

The official also spoke about the reasons behind Sri Lanka’s early arrival in India for the series. “There have been no daily flights from Colombo, they operate thrice a week and therefore the team is sent early to India. There is no question on who would bear Sri Lankan team’s extra expenses for their early arrival. Both boards share healthy relation, and it is not a major issue,”

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