England captain Joe Root  wearing black band    Getty Images
England captain Joe Root wearing black band Getty Images

During the second Test of the 2017-18 Ashes, England cricketers paid tribute to Russell Evans, a former Nottinghamshire player and a First-Class umpire. Evans played six matches for the club, and had stood in many matches as umpire before breathing his last at the age of 52. Evans was going through his routine check-up when his conditions deteriorated further not to revive.

“This is terribly sad news for all Russell s many friends and colleagues within our professional game. Russell had fulfilled a long-cherished dream by becoming a First Class Umpire and was already showing the potential to take his new career to an even higher level. His diligence, professionalism and attention to detail all won him huge respect among his fellow umpires and no task was too big or small for him. He will be greatly missed and we send our deepest sympathies to his family at such an untimely loss,” Chris Kelly, ECB s First Class Umpires Manager said of the demise, reported Dailymail.

Nottinghamshire paid tribute to the former cricketer:

“Russell was very well known in the cricket world and had many friends here at the Club. We are all so sad to hear of his passing. He was one of the first people I met when I began working in cricket. He was a true gentleman who cared deeply about the game and will be sorely missed. He had so much involvement with the Nottinghamshire cricket scene throughout his life as a player and umpire, and we pass on our sincerest condolences to Russell s family and friends at this sad time,” said Lisa Pursehouse, Chief Executive, Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club.