Dean Jones, the former Australian batsman, passed away in Mumbai on Thursday. Jones, 59, suffered a massive heart attack at the hotel where he was staying as part of the IPL’s commentary panel.
Jones, who was part of the Star Sports Select Dugout, is understood to have attended a crew meeting after breakfast and then collapsed.
“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,” said Star India through a statement.
Besides being part of Australia’s resurgence under Allan Border, Jones carved a niche for himself in the 50-over game. He was part of Australia’s 1987 World Cup-winning unit, and his international career spanned from 1984 to 1994.
After retiring from First Class cricket in 1998, Jones became a commentator. Besides big-ticket events, he travelled all over the cricketing globe, be it Afghanistan, UAE or regional T20 leagues in TN and Karnataka.