Dean Jones’ demise leaves a huge void in IPL 2020 commentary team
Australian cricketer Dean Jones, who was in Mumbai as part of the commentary team for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, passed away today due to a cardiac arrest. Jones was one of the finest ambassadors of the game, associating himself with development of cricket across South Asia.
A true cricketer who donned the hat of a Professor, Jones was very knowledgeable and always spoke in detail when it came to the game of cricket.
In its condolence message, Star India stated, “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.”
The Star India statement further said, “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 one at Star and his millions of fans across the globe.”
Coming from the state of Victoria in Australia, Jones was born in Melbourne. He was active on the field between 1980 and 1990 during which he played 52 Test matches, scoring 3,631 runs with an average of 46.55. With 216 as his best score, Jones scored 11 centuries and was an important member of Allan Border’s team. Jones also revolutionised white ball strategy and was an original thinker among his peer cricketers.