Full name Kandiah Thirugnansampandapillai Francis
Born October 15, 1939, Kegalle
Died June 9, 2013, Colombo (aged 73 years 237 days)
Major teams Railway Sports Club
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
|Test debut||Sri Lanka v England at Colombo (PSS), Feb 17-21, 1982 scorecard|
|Last Test||Sri Lanka v Australia at Colombo (SSC), Sep 30-Oct 4, 1999 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Sri Lanka v England at Colombo (SSC), Feb 14, 1982 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Sri Lanka v Australia at Colombo (RPS), Aug 31, 1999 scorecard|
Kandiah Francis is best remembered for umpiring Sri Lanka's inaugural Test against England at the P Sara Oval in February 1982. He was a member of the ICC international panel of umpires and officiated in 25 Tests between 1982 and 1999, and 56 ODIs in that period which included two World Cups in 1996 and 1999.
He started his career as a railway guard and played football and cricket for the Ceylon Government Railway in the Government Services tournaments for 40 years.
Reflecting back over the years, Francis once said, "Because of cricket I am known today in Sri Lanka and sometimes outside the country. If not for cricket I would have been an ordinary guard in the Railway and would have been a non-entity, nobody would have known me. Cricket has given me so much that I was prepared to undergo everything."
His last years were dogged by illness, and suffering from diabetes he had to have both his legs amputated below the knee.
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