Ex-national cricket player Harjit dies at 70

PETALING JAYA: Former national cricket player Dr Harjit Singh (pic), who was inducted into the Olympic Council of Malaysia Hall of Fame three years ago, has passed away.

Harjit died of heart complications after undergoing treatment at the National Heart Institute for the last three weeks. He was 70.

The Crown Prince of Johor Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim was among those who expressed their condolence.

“He was a passionate sports fan and a sports person at heart. He devoted his life to developing young people on and off the cricket pitch, ” posted Tunku Ismail on Twitter.

Harjit was the Johor royalty family doctor during the reign of the late Sultan Iskandar.

He was also president of the Johor Cricket Council from 1986 until his demise.

In 1998, Harjit set up the first cricket academy in South-East Asia in Johor which then led to the state hosting the International Cricket Council Under-19 World Cup in 2008.

Harjit also held the post of deputy president of the Malaysian Cricket Association from 1990 to 2003.

His funeral will take place in Johor Baru today.

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