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Behind-the-scene hero of ’83

NKP Salve passed away due to age-related ailments

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: April 2, 2012 12:07:50 am

Former BCCI president and union minister NKP Salve passed away here on Sunday morning due to age-related ailments. He was 91. Salve was the president of the Indian cricket board when India won the World Cup in 1983.

Salve also served as a union minister in governments headed by Indira Gandhi,Rajiv Gandhi and PV Narasimha Rao. The veteran Congress leader,who lived in Nagpur,represented the Betul Lok Sabha constituency of MP and was a strong advocate of a separate Vidarbha state.

When India won the ‘83 World Cup,Salve promised the the players Rs 1 lakh each when he greeted them at the Lord’s dressing room. However,the BCCI’s coffers were near-empty. Salve requested Lata Mangeshkar,a good friend of his,to hold a concert in order to raise money for the victorious team. “Rs 17-18 lakh raised from the concert and the team received their cash awards thanks to Salve’s enterprise,” BCCI’s chief administrative officer Ratnakar Shetty recalled.

While music and politics were his interests,cricket was his passion. Two years ago,he attended an AGM of the Vidarbha Cricket Association despite ill-health. Salve also gave away awards to the winners of the Challenger Trophy,named after him.

BCCI President N Srinivasan said,“It was during Salve’s tenure that we won the World Cup for the first time,in 1983. It was also due to his initiative that the World Cup was co-hosted by India and Pakistan,in 1987. Thus,he was responsible for the World Cup becoming the ‘global’ event.”

Former India all-rounder Mohinder Amarnath said,“Salve’s passion for the game was unbelievable and he took great interest in the player’s welfare.”

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