Former PCB chief says Pataudi's death 'huge loss for cricket'

Former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chief Executive Arif Ali Abbasi said legendary cricketer Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi's death was a huge loss to the sport.

Pataudi passed away in Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in New Delhi on Thursday due to a prolonged lung infection.

"It's a huge loss for the game. He had great vision for the game and his demise is not only a loss for Indian cricket but for international cricket as well. Apart from being a great cricketer, he was also a very good human being and I am shocked on hearing the news," Abbasi said.

Former PCB chairman Shahryar Khan and Pataudi's cousin described him as a 'fine' person and said his death is a loss huge for the family.

"He was a family man and this is indeed a very great loss. I was in India just recently and he was not feeling well at all. He was a very fine person and shared jokes and always wanted people to have a smile on their faces," he said.

I remember that he was often reluctant to speak but once he was forced to, he did it very well indeed. His death is a huge loss to his family as well as to the entire cricketing fraternity," he added.

Former Indian skipper Pataudi played 46 Tests for the country, scoring 2,793 runs for an average of 34.91 with an unbeaten 203 being his highest score.

He smashed six centuries and 16 fifties in his career, and was named Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1968.

Pataudi is survived by his wife -- celebrated actress Sharmila Tagore, son Saif Ali Khan and daughters Soha Ali Khan and Saba Ali Khan.

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