N. K. P. Salve
President of BCCI
In office
Preceded byS. K. Wankhede
Succeeded byS. Sriraman
Minister of Power
In office
Prime MinisterP. V. Narasimha Rao
Preceded byKalyan Singh Kalvi
Succeeded byH. D. Deve Gowda
Personal details
Narendra Kumar Salve

(1921-03-18)18 March 1921[1]
Chhindwara, Madhya Pradesh, India
Died1 April 2012(2012-04-01) (aged 91)
Delhi, India
Political partyIndian National Congress
ChildrenHarish Salve and Arundhati Upadhyaya
Residence(s)Sadar, Nagpur
ProfessionChartered Accountant, politician, cricket administrator

Narendra Kumar Prasadrao Salve (18 March 1921 – 1 April 2012) was a veteran Indian politician from Indian National Congress, parliamentarian and a cricket administrator. Former Union minister and president of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) (1982–1985), he was instrumental in bringing the Cricket World Cup outside England and to the Indian subcontinent in 1987. Salve was a staunch advocate for the separate statehood of Vidarbha.[2][3]

Early life and education

N. K. P. Salve was born in Chhindwara, Madhya Pradesh, on 18 March 1921 to Marathi Christians parents Prasadrao Keshavrao Salve and Cornelia Karuna Jadhav.[4] His father was a lawyer and freedom fighter from Ujjain and his Marathi mother was a renowned scholar, freedom fighter and the first woman in India to receive an honours degree in mathematics. Salve's grandfather Keshavrao Salve was a descendent of Shalivahanan dynasty.[5][unreliable source?]

Salve received B.Com. and F.C.A. degrees. He was a Chartered Accountant and was also an avid cricketer at college.[1][2]

Career and cricket administration

A chartered accountant by profession, Salve played club cricket in Nagpur in his early years, and became an umpire in the following years.[4] He was elected the President of Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) (1972–1980), and in 1982 was elected as the president of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), a post he held until 1985.[6] During his tenure, India won the 1983 Cricket World Cup, the BCCI won the joint hosting right for the 1987 Cricket World Cup for India and Pakistan.[7] In 1983, he also became the first elected chairman of the Asian Cricket Council.[2][4] In recognition to services to cricket, the BCCI started the NKP Salve Challenger Trophy in 1995.[3]

Political career

Salve was elected a member of the Lok Sabha (1967–1977) from Betul (Lok Sabha constituency) and appointed to the Rajya Sabha from Maharashtra state for four consecutive terms, from 1978 to 2002.[1] He was the chairman of the Privileges Committee of the Lok Sabha from 1975 to 1977.[4]

He left his accountancy practice when he first appointed a Union cabinet minister in 1982, by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. He was appointed the Union Minister of State by Prime Ministers, Rajiv Gandhi and P. V. Narasimha Rao, and also served at the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Steel and Mines, Parliamentary Affairs and Power.[1] He was the chairman of the 9th Finance Commission of India (1984–89).[1]

In 2003, along with former central cabinet minister Vasant Sathe, returned to Nagpur and formed the Vidarbha Rajya Nirman Congress to push the demand for a separate Vidarbha state.


Salve died at a private hospital in New Delhi on 1 April 2012, following a brief illness. His body was flown into his native Nagpur, where he was given a state funeral, before being buried at a local Christian cemetery, the following day.[8]

Personal life

His son, lawyer Harish Salve served as the Solicitor General of India from 1999 to 2002, while his daughter is Arundhati.[9] His wife died a few years prior to him.[3]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e "Rajya Sabha Members: Biographical Sketches 1952 – 2003: S" (PDF). Rajya Sabha website.
  2. ^ a b c "NKP Salve: Statesman, raconteur & visionary". The Times of India. 2 April 2012.
  3. ^ a b c "Salve made Asia a cricketing force". The Hindu. 1 April 2012.
  4. ^ a b c d "NKP Salve, who brought '87 world cup to sub-continent, passes away in Delhi". India Today. 2 April 2012.
  5. ^ "PK SALVE".
  6. ^ "When Pranab Mukherjee turned down offer to head BCCI | Cricket - News | NDTVSports.com". sports.ndtv.com. Archived from the original on 16 February 2013.
  7. ^ "Former BCCI president NKP Salve dies". ESPNCricinfo. 1 April 2012. Retrieved 2 April 2012.
  8. ^ "Mortal remains of NKP Salve laid to rest in Nagpur". Zee News. 2 April 2012.
  9. ^ "Harish Salve declines second term". The Hindu. 30 October 2002. Archived from the original on 24 January 2005. Retrieved 28 March 2008.((cite news)): CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)