Veteran BCCI administrator Amitabh Choudhary no more

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Veteran cricket administrator Amitabh Choudhary passed away in the early hours of Tuesday, officials with the Jharkhand State Cricket Association have confirmed. Choudhary, 58, led CEJA for more than a decade, also rising to become deputy secretary of BCCI. During the Trustees Committee regime at the cricket board, he also served as its acting secretary.

Choudhary’s former colleague, former BCCI treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry, mourned the death of the veteran administrator. “Amitabh’s contribution to the game of cricket in Jharkhand was immense. CEJA will miss him and it will be difficult to fill the void he left in Jharkhand. I offer my condolences to his family, friends and supporters,” he told The Indian Express.

Choudhary was instrumental in making Ranchi the home of Jharkhand cricket, shifting the base from Jamshedpur. A world-class stadium was built there under his supervision and, fittingly, one end of the stadium was named after him.

A former IPS, Choudhary also dabbled in politics. But cricket was his passion. He was the manager of the Indian team in Zimbabwe in 2005-06, a tour that marked the beginning of the Sourav Ganguly-Greg Chappell fallout. Later, working for the CoA at BCCI, he faced more difficult management challenges. He also had to deal with the Virat Kohli-Anil Kumble saga that saw the latter’s acrimonious departure as India coach.