MCA President Amol Kale dies of cardiac arrest in New York

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Amol Kale

Amol Kale, the president of the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA), tragically passed away due to a cardiac arrest in New York. He was in the city to watch the India versus Pakistan match of the 2024 T20 World Cup.

Amol Kale’s contributions to the sport

Amol Kale, who hailed from Nagpur, was a close associate of Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. He was elected as MCA president in 2022, defeating former India batsman Sandeep Patil for the top post. At the age of 47, he had already made significant contributions to the sport.

Under his leadership, the MCA made several notable decisions. One of the most significant was doubling the fees of domestic players. This decision reflected his commitment to improving the welfare of the players and ensuring they were adequately compensated for their efforts.

Another notable initiative during his tenure was the erection of a statue of Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. This gesture was a tribute to one of the greatest cricketers of all time and a symbol of the rich cricketing heritage of Mumbai.

Kale also played a key role in finding land for Lord Shri Venkateswara Temple at Ulwe in Navi Mumbai. He was a member of Tirupati Balaji Devasthan Trust in Andhra Pradesh for three years in a row. These roles highlighted his commitment to community service beyond the cricket field.

The news of his demise emerged hours after the intense cricket showdown between India and Pakistan, leaving the cricket community in shock and sorrow. His sudden passing is a significant loss to the cricketing fraternity, particularly in Mumbai, where he had a profound impact.

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