Former Australia cricketer Dean Jones passed away at the age of 59 on Thursday in Mumbai. Jones was part of Star Sports commentary team and was in a bio-secure bubble in a seven-star hotel in Mumbai.
Dean Jones was signed up to do off-tube commentary on the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 now underway in UAE.
“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,” Star Sports said in a statement.
“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,” the statement said.
Jones is a popular figure in the Indian media. His show ‘Prof Deano’ was extremely popular on NDTV. He has commentated on various leagues of the world and was known for his forthright views.
Born in Melbourne, Dean Jones played 52 Test matches scoring 3631 runs at an average of 46.55. With a 216 as his best score, Jones scored 11 centuries and was an important member of Allan Border’s team. He played 164 ODIs and scored 6068 runs, which included seven centuries and 46 fifties.