Tributes Pour In For Former Australian Cricket Legend Dean Jones
Celebrities Pay Tribute To The Late Dean Jones
Former Australia batsman Dean Jones died of a cardiac arrest in Mumbai, on Thursday, aged 59. Dean Jones pioneered an energetic style of ODI batting and was the triumphant hero of Australia's tied Test against India in Chennai. His services to the world of cricket and especially the revival of cricket in Pakistan will always be remembered.
Dean Jones was in India as a commentator for the IPL and is understood to have suffered a heart attack around noon which sent shockwaves down the cricketing world.
In tragic circumstances, it is believed that Dean Jones, who was part of the commentary panel for Wednesday's match of the IPL, had breakfast and attended a pre-match briefing with his colleagues. He is believed to have returned to his room and taken ill there. Former Australian speedster Brett Lee administered CPR until the medics arrived but was unable to revive the late cricketer.
Tributes from all corners of the globe started pouring in as people woke up to the news of the Australian legend's demise. Dean Jones was incredibly instrumental in helping revive cricket in Pakistan and was the coach of PSL franchise winners Islamabad United, who paid a fitting tribute to Dean.
Australian cricket team captain Aaron Finch wrote on Twitter:
"Still in shock hearing the news of Deano's passing. Thoughts are with Jane and the family at this incredibly tough time. A great man with an amazing passion for the game."
Still in shock hearing the news of Deanos passing. Thoughts are with Jane and the family at this incredibly tough time. A great man with an amazing passion for the game.— Aaron Finch (@AaronFinch5) September 24, 2020
Wasim Akram tweeted:
I know I speak for all of Pakistan when I say thank you, thanks for batting for us & everything you contributed to Pak cricket. You will never be forgotten. Like everyone else, I’m absolutely gutted. The world lost a good man today. My friend @ProfDeano I will miss you #RIPDeano— Wasim Akram (@wasimakramlive) September 24, 2020
Wasim Akram's wife Shaniera Akram also paid tribute to Dean Jones.
My husband & our family are absolutely shattered by the news of @ProfDeano passing. It’s with tremendous sorrow we are saying goodbye to a great Australian, taken way to early. A man absolutely devoted to his work & his family. Our prayers are with Janey & family at this sad time— Shaniera Akram (@iamShaniera) September 24, 2020
I’m so proud that Dean worked in Pakistan for the last 5 years. Anyone who knew him or worked with him could see how much he really cared for Pakistan cricket. He genuinely loved Pakistan. It was so nice to hear the things he used to say. Im glad we shared that together #RIPDeano— Shaniera Akram (@iamShaniera) September 24, 2020
Actor Bilal Ashraf shared a lovely moment.
RIP DEAN JONES. We will miss u ???? pic.twitter.com/0UPcrbo0im— Bilal Ashraf (@IamBilalAshraf) September 24, 2020
Singer Haroon also couldn't believe the sad news and tweeted:
Absolutely shocked! ???? Goodbye, will miss your views on the game and keen interest in Pakistani cricket. #DeanJones— Haroon Shahid (@HaroonsMusic) September 24, 2020
Actor Farhan Saeed also paid tribute to the late Australian.
Dean's fellow commentator Ramiz Raja was left dejected and shocked.
In complete shock to hear about Dean Jones sad passing. One of a kind you were Deano and how lonely and helpless you must have felt on your own in that hotel room-a death we commentators fear the most, and likely to meet, helpless and gone in that hotel room...RIP my friend.— Ramiz Raja (@iramizraja) September 24, 2020
Fahad Mustafa, Fakhr-e-Alam, and a whole host of other celebrities also paid tribute to Professor Deano on his untimely death.
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