Salve, who brought ’87 World Cup to sub-continent, dies

NKP Salve 1921-2012

NKP Salve 1921-2012

Former BCCI president NKP Salve, the man who was instrumental in bringing the first World Cup to the sub-continent in 1987, passed away in the small hours of Sunday in a hospital in the Capital.

Salve, 90, was suffering from age-related problems. His funeral will take place in Nagpur on Monday.

Salve was a Union minister for many years, but it was during his tenure as president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India that India scripted the famous World Cup victory in 1983 under Kapil Dev. BCCI president N Srinivasan expressed his condolences, saying that his contribution to Indian cricket would never be forgotten.

'The passing away of Mr NKP Salve has come as a shock to us. His contribution to Indian cricket, as president of the BCCI, can never be forgotten. It was due to his initiative that the World Cup was co-hosted by India and Pakistan in 1987,' he said.

'Thus, he was responsible for the World Cup becoming the 'global' event that it is today. I would like to extend my condolences to the Salve family. Indian cricket has lost one of its pillars.'

Born in Chhinwada, Madhya Pradesh, Salve was associated with cricket administration for several years. The Challenger Trophy, an annual one-day tournament organised by the BCCI, is named after him. He was very passionate about the game and had played club cricket in Nagpur in his early years.

He became BCCI president in 1982 and held the post till 1985. He also became the first elected chairman of the Asian Cricket Council in 1983. A chartered accountant by profession, he was actively involved in politics and gave up practice after becoming a cabinet minister in 1982.

He was chairman of the Privileges Committee of the Lok Sabha from 1975 to 1977 and was also appointed chairman of the ninth Finance Commission. Salve is survived by son Harish, an eminent advocate, and daughter Arundhati.

His wife had died a few years ago. The Maharashtra government has announced a state funeral.

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