Former BCCI Chief Selector Kishan Rungta, a former Rajasthan captain passed away on Saturday, a week after testing positive for the covid-19. He breathed his last at a hospital in Jaipur. Kishan Rungta, 88, served as the BCCI national selector from Central Zone from March 1998 to September 1998. His late elder brother Purushottam was a BCCI treasurer in the 1970s; Purushottam’s son Kishore held the same position in the early 2000s.
A BCCI confirmed his demise to PTI. Born on September 3, 1932, in Bagar, Rajasthan, Kishan Rungta played 59 First-Class matches for Maharashtra and Rajasthan from 1953 to 1970. He scored 2717 runs at an average of 32.73 with 5 hundreds, and picked 9 wickets, with a best of 5/14, with his right-arm medium pace.
Former BCCI Selector Passes Away
“Former Rajasthan first-class cricketer and ex-national selector Kishan Rungta has died of COVID-19,” a BCCI source confirmed to PTI.
Meanwhile, the BCCI has confirmed that it will be keeping UAE as a backup option for the T20 World Cup later this year. BCCI’s decision was inspired by the smooth conduct of the IPL 2020 at the venue. The season was held across the three venues, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi and Dubai keeping all the COVID protocols in mind.
Dhiraj Malhotra, the tournament director for the T20 World Cup, has said that they are observing the unfolding of covid-19 in India and will wait for some time to take the final call.
“I hope so. I am doing everything we can to make sure that it happens. We will be doing normal scenario, Covid-scenario, worst case scenario. All that we are in talks with the ICC at the moment,” Malhotra said on the BBC’s Stumped podcast this week.
The country reported 379,257 new cases and 3,645 fatalities on Thursday, the highest number of deaths in a single day in India since the start of the pandemic.
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