Mumbai: Veteran cricketer Madhav Apte died after suffering a cardiac arrest here on Monday morning, a family member said. He was 86. The former India and Mumbai opener was admitted to the Breach Candy Hospital where he breathed his last at 6.09 am, his son Vaman Apte said. Madhav Apte played seven Tests in which he scored 542 runs, with a lone hundred and three fifties to his credit. His highest score was 163 not out. He had a much better first class record where he scored 3,336 runs from 67 matches, including six hundreds and 16 fifties. His highest first class score was 165 not out. He made his Test debut against Pakistan at the Cricket Club of India (CCI) in Mumbai in November 1952 and played his last test against West Indies at Kingston in April 1953. In his debut Test, he made 30 and 10 not out, respectively. He was the first Indian opener to aggregate over 400 runs in a Test series (460 runs against West Indies in 1953). He also captained Mumbai in domestic cricket. Madhav Apte was assigned as the opening batsman by legendary Vinoo Mankad. He played along with several legendary cricketers, including Mankad, Polly Umrigar, Vijay Hazare and Rusi Modi. He earlier also served as president of the iconic CCI, an official said. Till his last breath, he was president of the ‘Legends Club’, a group formed to celebrate the achievements of different sportspersons. Former Mumbai cricketer Shishir Hattangadi took to Twitter to offer his condolences. “Another institution of Bombay and Mumbai Cricket comes to an end. RIP Madhav Rao Apte. Will treasure those long discussions with you cricket from your days!” he tweeted. “Madhav Apte had a bag of stories. From Vinoo Mankad to his buddy Subhya Fergie Gupte. To listen to him was rewinding cricket history. Dignified affable yet accessible as senior. Passing Pedder Road and Woodland Apartments each time will bring back memories with a smile.#RIP, Hattangadi said in another tweet.
New Delhi: Senior BJP leader Mukul Roy on Friday failed to appear before CBI officials in Kolkata in connection with the Narada tapes corruption case, officials here said.However, sources in the know said that Roy cited personal preoccupations and asked to appear another day for questioning in the case, to which he has been asked to appear before agency officials on Saturday afternoon. Roy’s summons in the Narada case came on the day the agency made its first arrest, taking senior IPS officer SMH Meerza into custody. According to sources in the know, Meerza was not cooperating with the agency and not deliberately not divulging details he is aware of. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThey added that Meerza was unable to explain expecting a wad of cash from sting operator Mathew Samuel. The case came to light after covertly recorded videos of several senior ruling party leader in West Bengal was released before the 2016 Assembly polls in the state. The videos purportedly showed the leaders accepting cash from Samuel, the Editor of Narada News, where the footage was first released, in exchange for extending favours to his fictitious company. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadAccording to the CBI’s preliminary enquiry, the videos show Roy asking Samuel to hand over cash meant for himself to Meerza and even shows him to say that he would not be accepting it himself. Shortly, another clip shows Meerza accepting a wad of Rs 5 lakh in cash. The CBI’s probe into Roy had interestingly died down after he joined the BJP within four months of the FIR being registered. In fact, the agency also sought prosecution sanction for four other accused in the case but not Roy.