MUMBAI: Former Australian cricketer, commentator and Karachi Kings coach Dean Jones has passed away at the age of 59 after having a cardiac arrest in India.
“It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing away of Mr. Dean Mervyn Jones AM. He died of a sudden cardiac arrest,” said Star India in a statement.
Dean was in contract with the Star Sports channel for commentary for the Indian Premier League (IPL) season 2020 which is currently happening in Dubai and Star Sports commentary team was operating from a hotel in Mumbai. The CEO of ARY and owner of Karachi Kings Salman Iqbal also appointed Dean Jones as a replacement of Mickey Arthur for the head coach in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) season 5.
Dean Jones was born in Melbourne, Australia on 24 March 1961. Jones made his first ODI debut against Pakistan on 30 January 1984 and a test against West Indies dated 16 March 1984.The former Australian player featured for Australia in 164 ODIs, in which he scored 6,068 runs averaging 44.41 and played 52 tests matches for Australia in which he scored 3,631 runs averaging 46.55.
The last time Jones played one day cricket was back in 1994 and test in 1992, after the retirement Dean stepped into the cricket commentary and starts managing teams till he was caught in cardiac arrest.
Apart from managing Karachi Kings, Jones also managed the Islamabad United team in the first four editions of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in which his side won the PSL title in the inaugural and third edition of the event.