MUMBAI: Former Australian cricketer, commentator, and coach Dean Jones has passed away after a heart attack today (Thursday) in India’s Mumbai.
According to Indian media, Dean Jones suffered a sudden cardiac arrest in Mumbai, where he had been invited to work as a commentator during the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL).
“It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing away of Dean Mervyn Jones AM,” Star India, whom Jones was a commentator for, confirmed through a statement.
The statement said, “Dean Jones was one of the great ambassadors of the game associating himself with Cricket development across South Asia. He was a champion commentator whose presence and presentation of the game always brought joy to millions of fans.”
The former cricketer had served as head coach to the Pakistan Super League franchise Karachi Kings and previously as coach and mentor to Islamabad United. Jones was looking forward to visit Pakistan for the remainder of the PSL 2020.
Earlier this year, he won the hearts of millions of Pakistanis after a video of him cleaning the dugout after a PSL match between Peshawar Zalmi and Karachi Kings went viral. Jones, in the video, was picking up water bottles and packets of crisps and depositing them in a nearby bin.
During his career, Dean Jones played 59 Tests and 164 One Day Internationals. Jones was a part of the Australian squad that won the 1987 World Cup. Following his retirement from all forms of cricket in 1997-98, he worked as a commentator and analyst.