New Delhi: Former Union minister and ex-BCCI president NKP Salve passed away early this morning at a private hospital here due to age-related problems, family sources said.
He was 90. He is survived by son Harish Salve, an eminent advocate, and daughter Arundhati. His wife had predeceased him some time back.
He was admitted to the hospital a few days ago, where he passed away, the sources said.
Born in Chhinwada, Madhya Pradesh, Salve was associated with cricket administration for several years. Challenger Trophy was named after him.
He had also been a minister at the Centre in charge of steel and some other ministries.
The Maharashta Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) President Manikrao Thakre today expressed a sense of loss at the death of senior Congress leader and former union Minister, NKP Salve.
Thakre said the void caused by his departure will be felt deeply by the Congress workers and the people for a long time. "He always stood by the underprivileged, the downtrodden and the deserving, and fought for them," he added.
BCCI President N Srinivasan expressed shock on the demise of NKP Salve. In an email, he wrote, "His contribution to Indian cricket, as President of the BCCI, can never be forgotten. It was during his 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 that it is today. Mr Salve remained in touch with the Board in later years, and was a regular at Board functions. He also presented the trophy instituted in his name, to the winners of the annual triangular Challenger series, whenever possible. On behalf of the BCCI, I would like to extend my condolences to the Salve family. Indian cricket has lost one of its pillars."