National cricket icon Dr Harjit Singh dies

Dr Harjit Singh

JOHOR BAHRU: The national cricket sport lost a figure of national stature after the Johor Cricket Council (JCC) President Datuk Dr Harjit Singh died due to heart complications, last night.

It is understood that the late Dr Harjit, 70, died at the National Heart Institute, Kuala Lumpur at 11.50 pm.

Malaysian Cricket Association president Mahindra Vallipuram, who confirmed the matter, also expressed sadness over the passing of Dr Harjit Singh.

“He had been a great contributor to the development of the game in Malaysia and Johor.

“Always there to lend a view and constantly pushing the boundaries, with many young talents and national cricketers having been developed under his leadership,” he said in a statement which was uploaded on the association’s official Facebook account, here, today.

Meanwhile, Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim expressed his deepest condolences to the family of Dr Harjit over his demise.

“My deepest condolences to Gurdip Singh and family. May you rest in peace, Datuk Harjit Singh. You will be missed,” he said in a post uploaded in his official Facebook account, HRH Crown Prince of Johor.

Dr Harjit who was born April 10, 1950, was the son of a former renowned national cricket player from the Kilat Club, Mewa Singh.

The late Dr Harjit’s involvement in cricket started when he played for the cricket team of Maktab Sultan Abu Bakar or more well known as The English College from 1963 to 1966.

At the aged of 16, Dr Harjit was the youngest player to represent Johor in the main cricket league of Malaysia.

The late Dr Harjit had also headed the cricket team of the Medical College XI representing Ranchi Universiti and the Dhanbad district when furthering his studies in medicine in India.

Upon completing his studies, Dr Harjit returned home to play cricket with Malaysia in 1980 and headed the Johor cricket team in the National Cricket League from 1982 to 1985.

In addition, the late Dr Harjit had also held the post of president of the JCC from 1987 until his death other than holding the Malaysian Cricket Association deputy president’s post from 1990 to 2003.

He was also the founder of the first cricket programme at the schools’ level nationwide in 1987.

He was conferred various awards for his contributions including the Johor Sports Leadership Award in 1989, 1995 and 2007, other than a Special Award from the Yang Dipertuan Agong in 1998.

His remains would be taken home to his residence, here, tomorrow. – Bernama