Former BCCI president Biswanath Dutt passes away

Former BCCI president Biswanath Dutt, best known in Indian cricket fraternity as Jagmohan Dalmiya’s mentor, passed away 24 September 2018 after suffering from acute lung infection. Dutt was the BCCI president in 1989 after a six-year stint as the vice-president of the parent body from 1982-88.

He was 92. He is survived by his daughter and son Subrata Dutta, who is the senior vice-president of All India Football Federation. One of the most revered administrators of Kolkata Maidan both in football and cricket, Dutt is known to have played an instrumental role in getting a young Dalmiya under his aegis as a Cricket Association of Bengal treasurer in 1977.

In fact, Dalmiya till he was alive always acknowledged that he had learnt the ropes of cricket administration from Dutt. However, the relationship between mentor and his protege was soured during the 1990 BCCI elections when Dalmiya supported the candidature of senior Congress leader late Madhavrao Scindia.

In one of the most acrimonious BCCI elections to have been ever fought in Kolkata (a close second would be 2004), Scindia defeated Dutt, who then retired from active sports administration. But Dalmiya known for his legendary persuasive powers mend fences with his Guru during later years.

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