Veteran Kerala cricketer Balan Pandit passes away

Kochi: Former Kerala captain M Balan Pandit passed away at his residence in Koonammavu on Wednesday.

Balan was 87 and died of old age related ailments, Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) said.

In a career spanning from 1946-70, Pandit played for Kathiawar, Travancore-Cochin besides the state team.

"Pandit's batting was sheer lyric. He cut and drove with the elan and perhaps, the only other name that comes to mind in the execution of this stroke is the great Vinoo Mankad," KCA said, condoling his death.

He played in 46 first class matches and scored 2317 runs, including five centuries.

In 1959, Balan Pandit made his highest score of 262 notout against Andhra at Palghat.

He kept wickets for South Zone against the visiting New Zealand team in a match in Bangalore.

Balan served as the member of Indian junior selection committee and Chairman of Kerala senior selection panel.