Former Australian cricketer Dean Jones has passed away after a sudden cardiac arrest in Mumbai.
Jones, 59, was part of the Star Sports commentary panel for the ongoing Indian Premier League.
“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. 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,” Star India said in a statement.
“Dean Jones was one of the great ambassadors of the game associating himself with Cricket development across South Asia. He was passionate about discovering new talent and nurturing young Cricketers. 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. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends,” the statement added.
Jones coached the Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise, Islamabad United, which won the title in 2016 and 2018. He was also the head coach of Karachi Kings in the fifth edition of PSL.
He played 52 Tests, 3631 runs at an average of 46.55, and 164 ODIs, 6068 runs at 44.61, for Australia from 1984 till 1994. He was also part of Australia’s 1987 triumphant World Cup team.
One of Jones’s most memorable innings came in the tied Test against India in Chennai in 1986, when he battled extreme heat and physical exhaustion to notch a memorable double century.
“His double century in Madras was one of the greatest and most courageous innings of all time,” Australia coach Justin Langer said, while also praising Jones for his role in the 1987 World Cup win and 1989 Ashes series which Australia won 4-0.
“We can only hope to make Australians as proud of our team as they were of Deano, he will be missed by the game and millions of people around the world.”
Earl Eddings, chair of Cricket Australia, said Jones would be sorely missed by fans around the world.
“Dean Jones was a hero to a generation of cricketers and will forever be remembered as a legend of this great game,” Eddings said in a statement
No, Deano. No. I am speechless. And in shock. And refusing to accept.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) September 24, 2020
In complete shock to hear about Dean Jones sad passing. One of a kind you were Deano and how lonely and helpless you must have felt on your own in that hotel room-a death we commentators fear the most, and likely to meet, helpless and gone in that hotel room…RIP my friend.
— Ramiz Raja (@iramizraja) September 24, 2020
Shocked to hear about the tragic loss of Dean Jones. Praying for strength and courage to his family and friends. 🙏🏻
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) September 24, 2020
MCC are very sad to hear of the passing of Honorary Life Member, Dean Jones.
Our thoughts are with his friends and family. pic.twitter.com/e3tFPbfBSb
— Marylebone Cricket Club (@MCCOfficial) September 24, 2020
— Tom Moody (@TomMoodyCricket) September 24, 2020
— Mohammad Hafeez (@MHafeez22) September 24, 2020
really shocking to me u will b missed 😔 pic.twitter.com/fVD6MzZMHK
— Mohammad Amir (@iamamirofficial) September 24, 2020
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) September 24, 2020
At a loss of words to express my grief at the passing of a man who I admired a lot. Loved chatting cricket with him. Genuinely loved the sport. 59 is not an age to go….too soon my friend. Too soon. World of cricket will be poorer in your absence. R.I.P., Deano.
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) September 24, 2020
You will be missed, Deano! pic.twitter.com/7vJRKOBQxa
— PakistanSuperLeague (@thePSLt20) September 24, 2020
Shocked to hear the sad news from Mumbai. Jane, Phoebe & Gus heart felt condolences to you all & extended family. #RIPDeano
— Dav Whatmore (@dfwhatmore) September 24, 2020
No words are enough but extremely sad of the news of @ProfDeano demise. A kind soul, friend and teacher. My heart and prayers goes out to his family and friends in this difficult time. You will be missed coach. pic.twitter.com/lyODseJjOO
— Babar Azam (@babarazam258) September 24, 2020
Absolutely heartbreaking news about Dean Jones passing away.
A wonderful soul taken away too soon. Had the opportunity to play against him during my first tour of Australia.
May his soul rest in peace and my condolences to his loved ones. 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/u6oEY1h7zz
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) September 24, 2020