Kannur: Ashok Shekhar, Kerala’s former Ranji trophy cricket captain, passed way at a private hospital in Kannur on Sunday. He was 73. It is reported that the former cricketer was under treatment at the hospital for a long time.
His last rites will be performed in Kannur on Monday.
Ashok who was a wicket keeper and batsman led Kerala team as a captain between 1970 and 1975. He led the team for 11 matches. But the team only won one match under his captaincy.
Kerala team under Ashok defeated Andhra in the match held at Kannur police parade ground in 1971. As a cricketer, he holds the highest individual score of 49 runs.
He was the match referee appointed by Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) during 1997-99.
Ashok was a retired official from State Bank of Travancore.
Born as younger son of Shekhar and Kalyani on February 1, 1946, Ashok had great passion towards cricket. When his two elder brothers turned football players, he found his luck in cricket. He was a disciple of Balan Pandit.
He is survived by wife Sajini and three sons Amit, Akhilesh and Avinash.