Cricket's one of the best organisers passes away


Jannatul Naym Pieal

Former general secretary of Bangladesh Cricket Board Aminul Haque Moni died on Sunday night at the United Hospital in Dhaka.

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The 66-year old organiser had been fighting for life for the last one-and-half month after he was diagnosed with multiple chronic diseases. He was put on a life support at city’s United Hospital since he received a massive heart attack on April 8. He was also suffering from lung cancer and had contracted pneumonia following the cardiac arrest.

It has been learnt that he started suffering from chronic ailment since 2013 when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. He appeared to have recovered from the disease after three months of radiation therapy. But the deadly disease returned to his body in the shape of metastatis cancer which eventually affected his lung earlier this year. It followed the heart-attack, which left the lifelong bachelor fighting for his life.

Moni was most recently a director and the development committee chief of BCB from 2009-12. He was the board’s general secretary from 1991 to 1996 and is known to be one of the chief planners of Bangladesh’s 1997 ICC Trophy campaign which they eventually won and by virtue qualified for their first World Cup appearance in 1999. It is also said that he was one of the first to have proposed the idea of playing all domestic cricket on synthetic turf as the 1997 tournament in Malaysia was also going to be played in that surface.

Moni, who began his career as lecturer in Dhaka University after obtaining his masters from applied physics, was a popular figure in sports arena. Although he was mostly famous as a cricket organiser, he was involved in the different other sports federations and clubs with various capacities as well.

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