The Indian Cricket Team will wear black arm-bands on the third day of its test match against West Indies to mourn the passing of former Union Finance Minister of India, Arun Jaitley.
#NewsAlert | Indian cricket team to wear black arm bands in its match against West Indies today to condole the demise of former finance minister Arun Jaitley, who was also the president of the Delhi District Cricket Association & former vice-president of BCCI.#RIPArunJaitley pic.twitter.com/kqpdS8QaU1
— News18 (@CNNnews18) August 24, 2019
Jaitley was the President of the Delhi District Cricket Association and has been the Vice-President of BCCI. The BCCI had earlier expressed its condolences at the leader’s untimely demise.
BCCI condoles the sad demise of Shri Arun Jaitley.
The BCCI shares the pain and grief of the Jaitley family & prays for the departed soul pic.twitter.com/KkAyL4Evdy
— BCCI (@BCCI) August 24, 2019
Various other personalities from the cricketing community have expressed their grief as well. Commentator Harsha Bhogle and cricketer Ravichandran Ashwin expressed their sadness at the passing away of the politician who was known to be a lover of cricket.
Very saddened to hear that Shri Arun Jaitley has passed away. Apart from the many hats he wore, he was a cricket lover. Too soon. Only 66.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) August 24, 2019
Saddened by the passing away of Shri Arun Jaitley. Besides being a successful lawyer, a former Minister and a Member of Parliament, he was a great lover of the game of Cricket. #riparunjaitely
— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) August 24, 2019
Veterans of the game such as Anil Kumble and Yuvraj Singh also expressed their condolences on social media as well.
The Indian Cricket Team is currently playing a test series at the Caribbean islands. India scored 297 runs in its first innings while West Indies finished at the score of 189 for the loss of 8 wickets at the end of day 2. This is the first test in the two-match series.