Former Australian cricketer Dean Jones dies, aged 59

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Former Australian batsman and commentator Dean Jones passed away in India on Thursday. According to reports by Indian media, the 59-year-old suffered a sudden cardiac arrest in Mumbai, where he had been invited to work as a commentator during the Indian Premier League.

The Aussie great had served as head coach to the Pakistan Super League franchise Karachi Kings and previously as coach and mentor to winning side Islamabad United in 2016 and 2018.

Earlier this year, he won the hearts of millions of Pakistanis after a video of him cleaning the dugout after a PSL match between Peshawar Zalmi and Karachi Kings went viral. The video shows Jones picking up water bottles and packets of crisps and depositing them in a nearby bin. 

He was looking forward to visiting Pakistan for the remainder of the PSL 2020 and even said that all of his side’s foreign players were ready to do the same.

According to ESPNcricinfo, during his career as a batsman, he played 52 Tests and 164 One Day Internationals. Jones was a part of the squad that won the 1987 World Cup. Following his retirement from all forms of cricket in 1997-98, he worked as a commentator and analyst, besides mentoring and coaching foreign teams.

The cricket legend was inducted into the International Cricket Council hall of fame in 2019. Star India issued a statement announcing his sudden death, remembering him as “one of the great ambassadors of the game associating himself with cricket development across South Asia”.

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