Sri Lankan umpire KT Francis passes away

KT Francis officiated in Sri Lanka’s inaugural Test match in 1982 © Getty Images

Colombo: Jun 10, 2013

Renowned Sri Lankan umpire KT Francis, who stood in Sri Lanka‘s inaugural Test match in 1982, has passed away after losing battle against acute diabetes, family sources said on Monday.

Francis died in a hospital on Sunday, they said. He was 73.

A Tamil, Francis along with Herbie Felsinger officiated in Sri Lanka’s first-ever Test match against England here in February 1982.

He was a member of the ICC international panel of umpires and officiated in 25 Tests and 56 ODIs between 1982 and 1999.