The Pakistan Super League (PSL) 5 qualifier teams, Karachi Kings and Multan Sultans have on Saturday paid tribute to Dean Jones, who passed away in September due to a massive heart attack.
Dean Jones, the Australian cricket legend and Head Coach Karachi Kings, died of a massive heart failure. He was 59.
“Forever in our hearts, Deano!” read the screen as the players of Karachi Kings (KK) and Multan Sultans honoured Deano with a minute-long silence and forming the letter ‘D’.
— PakistanSuperLeague (@thePSLt20) November 14, 2020
Earlier today, former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram took to Twitter to remember Deano. “You were meant to be here with us today, but unfortunately, life had other plans,” said Wasim.
Wasim said he knew Jones will be watching and cheering for the Karachi team as “nothing” could keep him away from the boys.
“This one is for you, Deano. Hope we make you proud!” said the former left-arm pacer, who is now the head coach of the KK.
You were meant to be here with us today but unfortunately life had other plans.I know nothing could keep you away from your boys and where ever you are you will be watching & cheering us on.This ones for you @ProfDeanoI hope we make you proud! @KarachiKingsARY @Salman_ARY pic.twitter.com/SIScbVl5Yn
— Wasim Akram (@wasimakramlive) November 14, 2020
Dean Jones has been an active cricket analyst and was signed up to do commentary on the Indian Premier League 2020 now underway in UAE.
Dean Jones was born in Melbourne. He played 52 Test matches scoring 3631 runs at an average of 46.55.
With a 216 as his best score, Jones scored 11 centuries and was an important member of Allan Border’s team.
Jones also played 164 ODIs and scored 6068 runs with the help of seven centuries and 46 fifties.
Jones was one of the first Australian batsmen cut out for the limited-overs game and he was quite successful at it.
Jones began his first-class career in the 1981–82 season with Victoria in the Sheffield Shield. Jones also played for Durham and Derbyshire in the English County Championship.
He left Derbyshire in mid-season and also had run-ins with authority and teammates in his home state of Victoria.
During his career, he scored 19,188 runs in first-class matches, including 55 centuries and 88 half-centuries and a highest score of 324 not out, at an average of 51.85.
Jones was selected on the 1984 tour of the West Indies after Graham Yallop had to pull out due to injury
Between 1984 and 1992, Jones played 52 Test matches for Australia, scoring 3,631 runs, including 11 centuries, at an average of 46.55.
He was recognized for his efforts by being named as one of the Cricketers of the Year in the 1990 edition of Wisden Almanack.
He was controversially dropped from the test team at the start of the 1992–93 season, despite having topped the averages in the previous Test series, against Sri Lanka.
Jones stayed in the one-day team a little longer: he was omitted from the one-day team for the 1993 Ashes tour but managed to force his way back into the team for one last stint during the 1993–94 season, before being dropped for what would be the final time.