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Umpire KT Francis dies at 73

Sa'adi Thawfeeq

June 9, 2013

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Umpire Kandiah Francis, who officiated in Sri Lanka's inaugural Test match against England at the P Sara Oval in February 1982, died on Sunday in hospital after losing his battle against diabetes. As a result of the illness, Francis, 73, had to have both his legs amputated below the knee.

Francis 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."

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Posted by   on (June 12, 2013, 16:41 GMT)

Thanks for the guidance and instructions given to us when we were about to join as umpires. may God Bless you SIR

Posted by   on (June 11, 2013, 7:27 GMT)

I still remember Mr K T Francis umpiring our school games in mid seventies, I suppose he started umpiring at that time and he rose to No 1 in Sri Lanka and was the official for Sri Lanka's inaugural Test Match played in Feb 1982 at the P Sara Oval. He was a no nonsense man on the field. My deepest Sympathies and it was a great honour to know you

Posted by   on (June 11, 2013, 2:01 GMT)

I am deeply sad n hurt, He was humble, friendly, wonderful, good tutor and surely a great gentleman. He was my mentor and guided me well during my umpiring courses I have completed..., I pray for his soul to rest in peace. I don't like say good bye... You always will be remembered....SIR, Yours truly,

Sujit K Ghosh from Brunei Cricket.

Posted by   on (June 10, 2013, 21:37 GMT)

I still remember during my younger days as a cricketer.mr. Francis was a discipline, fearless ,decision making umpire and a gentleman.It is sad to hear but now he is in the safe hands of god.One day we all have to face it.THANK YOU for your dedication and sacrifices that you made for cricket.THANK YOU AGAIN, RIP SIR,.

Posted by   on (June 10, 2013, 19:20 GMT)

RIP, Mr. Francis. May your achievements be remembered.

Posted by Urajapakse on (June 10, 2013, 17:32 GMT)

He was a very humble gentlemen with all his status/records etc. Somebody who had done a great service to Sri Lanka Cricket during our early years. Great loss. May he attain nibbana.

Posted by AneYako on (June 10, 2013, 15:32 GMT)

Sad to hear. May he rest in peace

Posted by Sinhabahu on (June 10, 2013, 14:17 GMT)

Very very sad to hear. My father would sometimes see him buying the morning newspaper at the local store on weekends. One day he stopped buying them, that was when he got really ill. May you attain Nibbana, sir!

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