StarSports, who are the official sponsors of IPL 2020, released an official statement to condole the demise of the 59-year-old cricketer-turned commentator.
Dean Jones dies at 59 of cardiac arrest, cricket world in shock
“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,” said the release.
“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 at Star and his millions of fans across the globe. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends,” the release added further.
Jones made his Test debut for Australia in 1984 against West Indies. He played his last ODI game in 1994 against South Africa.
Here’s how the cricketing fraternity reacted to his demise:
Very sad to hear of the passing of Dean Jones. He was always a fantastic bloke to have a yarn with around a cricket field. I remember in Canada one of his stories was so funny I actually forgot to warm up to bowl pre-game. RIP.
— Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) September 24, 2020
— Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) September 24, 2020
Can’t believe, shocked and sad to know about sudden death of Dean Jones. Rest in peace Deano! pic.twitter.com/Gx3ZqhlRbs
— Faizan Lakhani (@faizanlakhani) September 24, 2020
Shocked beyond words,just yesterday saw him do a great piece during the game b/w MI & KKR – this year 2020!! #DeanJones
— zainab abbas (@ZAbbasOfficial) September 24, 2020
Terrible news about Dean Jones, who has died in India while working for TV on the IPL.
Fabulous batsman, original thinker, double-century in a tied Test and man who helped revolutionise white-ball strategy, fielding, running and so much else. RIP Deano.
— John Etheridge (@JohnSunCricket) September 24, 2020
Dean Jones was in Mumbai working with Star Sports for the IPL. Watched him score 210 in the Tied Test in 1986 at Madras and later shared the commentary box with him on several occasions. Fun loving man who could take a joke on himself. Condolences to his family. RIP https://t.co/5O3WUkEvZm
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) September 24, 2020
I’m deeply shocked and saddened by the demise of our fellow commentator #DeanJones He was fine in the morning. I had video call with his son two days back. Everything was fine. Everything was normal. I can’t believe this #RIP
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) September 24, 2020
What !! Deano no more ? 2020 is getting worse with every passing day. Dean Jones was one of those legends who was outspoken & called a spade a spade. We will miss you, Deano. And your double century at Madras will never be forgotten. Thoughts and prayers with ur family #DeanJones pic.twitter.com/WyRJ1nn0MU
— ದೊಡ್ಡ ಗಣೇಶ್ | Dodda Ganesh (@doddaganesha) September 24, 2020
— Monty Panesar (@MontyPanesar) September 24, 2020
— Ramesh Bala (@rameshlaus) September 24, 2020
Saddened to hear the news of Dean Jones passing away. Still cannot believe it. Was one of my favourite commentators, he was on air in many of my landmarks. Had really fond memories with him. Will miss him. pic.twitter.com/FZBTqIEGdx
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) September 24, 2020
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