Former Australian cricketer great Dean Jones passed away in Mumbai on Thursday after a cardiac arrest.
The sudden demise of the 59-year-old batting legend sent shockwaves in the cricket world and many cricketers and fans posted on twitter to express their condolences on the news.
“… He is an absolute legend. Firstly to his family and friends we send our condolences. It’s a tough day for everyone, not only for his close mates … and the whole cricketing world in general.” Brett Lee said.
Ex-New Zealand cricketer Scott Styris said, “That was his way of keeping fit because of course, we are in the bubble here in Mumbai.”
“Who would have thought merely a couple of hours later he had this heart attack or some sort of cardiac problem. It’s incredibly sad.” Styris added.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison paid tribute to ’an absolute cricketing legend’ as he sent his condolences to Jones’s family.
An absolute cricketing legend. A true entertainer at the crease, whose flair with the bat & electric running between the wickets changed the game forever. A genuine good guy & a huge loss. Our hearts go out to Dean’s family, friends, the Australian cricket family & his many fans. https://t.co/sfzkfgkaSo
— Scott Morrison (@ScottMorrisonMP) September 24, 2020
“A true entertainer at the crease, whose flair with the bat and electric running between the wickets changed the game forever. A genuine good guy & a huge loss,” Morrison tweeted.
After he retired from the Australian team, Jones worked as the head coach of Islamabad United in Pakistan Super League (PSL). During his reign, Islamabad United won the 2016 and 2018 Pakistan Super Leagues. In November 2019, Jones became head coach of PSL team Karachi Kings, replacing Mickey Arthur ahead of the 5th edition of the Pakistan Super League.
In October 2017, Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) appointed Jones as the interim head coach for Afghanistan’s Intercontinental Cup fixture against Hong Kong.
Pakistani Cricketer Babar Azam said in a tweet, “No words are enough but extremely sad of the news of @ProfDeano demise. A kind soul, friend, and teacher. My heart and prayers go out to his family and friends in this difficult time. You will be missed, coach.”
Former Indian player Sachin Tendulkar tweeted, “Absolutely heartbreaking news about Dean Jones passing away. A wonderful soul is taken away too soon. Had the opportunity to play against him during my first tour of Australia. May his soul rest in peace and my condolences to his loved ones.”