Sri Lanka news June 9, 2013

Umpire KT Francis dies at 73

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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 yohandf1984 on | June 10, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    When i started watching cricket , you were in the middle umpiring almost every international match in Sri Lanka . we never doubted your decisions as you were so accurate . But you were such a humble man to accept that you made few umpiring mistakes . Thanks for all services done to Cricket in per-lucrative era . RIP KT .

  • POSTED BY on | June 10, 2013, 3:49 GMT

    Very sad to hear that Mr. Francis has passed away and I got very shock by hearing that his legs were amputated. A humble Gentltmen in the game. I can remeber once Mark Waugh was wrongly given out by him in a test match in 1999 in Sri Lanka, but KT was humble enough to say sorry to MW at the end of the day. Apart from that incident he was a very accurate umpire who can match with Simon Taufal, Aleem Dar etc. R.I.P Sir.

  • 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!

  • POSTED BY yohandf1984 on | June 10, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    When i started watching cricket , you were in the middle umpiring almost every international match in Sri Lanka . we never doubted your decisions as you were so accurate . But you were such a humble man to accept that you made few umpiring mistakes . Thanks for all services done to Cricket in per-lucrative era . RIP KT .

  • POSTED BY on | June 10, 2013, 3:49 GMT

    Very sad to hear that Mr. Francis has passed away and I got very shock by hearing that his legs were amputated. A humble Gentltmen in the game. I can remeber once Mark Waugh was wrongly given out by him in a test match in 1999 in Sri Lanka, but KT was humble enough to say sorry to MW at the end of the day. Apart from that incident he was a very accurate umpire who can match with Simon Taufal, Aleem Dar etc. R.I.P Sir.

  • 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!

  • POSTED BY vivaro on | June 10, 2013, 12:39 GMT

    !!!....... R.I.P .......!!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 10, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    Godspeed KT ..............

  • POSTED BY Potohari on | June 10, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    Rest in peace KT Sir. You were a great umpire and an excellent gentleman. Will never forget time spent with him and umpiring knowledge gain from him.

  • POSTED BY KingOwl on | June 10, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    RIP Mr. Francis. People do remember him well.

  • POSTED BY on | June 10, 2013, 11:00 GMT

    RIP Sir.. Our sincere condolences to the family..

  • POSTED BY madhurajay on | June 10, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    Probably the most accurate umpire that SL has ever produced. RIP KT

  • POSTED BY ajithabey on | June 10, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    KT you will be missed for your valuable technical expertize given to the Umpires committee and Umpires Association of Sri Lanka Cricket. May you R.I.P. and sincere condolences to the family on this loss.

  • POSTED BY ooper_cut on | June 10, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    Who can forget his long western style sideburns ? He was the face of SL cricket.May his soul R.I.P.

  • POSTED BY on | June 10, 2013, 8:26 GMT

    May his soul rest in peace. You were a great ambassador for cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | June 10, 2013, 7:15 GMT

    Our sincere condolences to the family. He was a friend of my father (Late Mr. Muttukumarasamy)who worked with him in Railways.We called Francis uncle. My he rest in peace.

  • POSTED BY on | June 10, 2013, 5:32 GMT

    KT was a fantastic human being, I still remember Indian Great Farook Engineer interviewed him during SL-India series, every cricketer /fan called him fondly "KT". Thanks KT.

  • POSTED BY on | June 10, 2013, 5:24 GMT

    RIP Sir, you'll always be remembered as a true gentleman.. Great blow for the game of Cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | June 10, 2013, 5:21 GMT

    God bless Mr. KT.... A very fine and unbiased umpire from a great nation indeed

  • POSTED BY on | June 10, 2013, 4:14 GMT

    H Mr. K.T. will always be remembered as the gentlemen and mentor by all we umpires and cricketers as well. May his soul rest in peace.

  • POSTED BY on | June 10, 2013, 4:01 GMT

    Words cannot even begin to express my sorrow...very saddening. May Sir's soul rest in PEACE...my sincere condolence to Sir's family.

  • POSTED BY on | June 10, 2013, 3:55 GMT

    sad news RIP you were a good umpire

  • POSTED BY PadMarley on | June 10, 2013, 3:26 GMT

    RIP KT .... you will be remembered for being a great umpire ..

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2013, 20:53 GMT

    very sad news for cricket fans

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | June 9, 2013, 19:05 GMT

    R.I.P sir. My condolences to his family.

  • POSTED BY poetryinmotion on | June 9, 2013, 18:57 GMT

    May his soul RIP...God Bless.

  • POSTED BY poetryinmotion on | June 9, 2013, 18:57 GMT

    May his soul RIP...God Bless.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | June 9, 2013, 19:05 GMT

    R.I.P sir. My condolences to his family.

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2013, 20:53 GMT

    very sad news for cricket fans

  • POSTED BY PadMarley on | June 10, 2013, 3:26 GMT

    RIP KT .... you will be remembered for being a great umpire ..

  • POSTED BY on | June 10, 2013, 3:55 GMT

    sad news RIP you were a good umpire

  • POSTED BY on | June 10, 2013, 4:01 GMT

    Words cannot even begin to express my sorrow...very saddening. May Sir's soul rest in PEACE...my sincere condolence to Sir's family.

  • POSTED BY on | June 10, 2013, 4:14 GMT

    H Mr. K.T. will always be remembered as the gentlemen and mentor by all we umpires and cricketers as well. May his soul rest in peace.

  • POSTED BY on | June 10, 2013, 5:21 GMT

    God bless Mr. KT.... A very fine and unbiased umpire from a great nation indeed

  • POSTED BY on | June 10, 2013, 5:24 GMT

    RIP Sir, you'll always be remembered as a true gentleman.. Great blow for the game of Cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | June 10, 2013, 5:32 GMT

    KT was a fantastic human being, I still remember Indian Great Farook Engineer interviewed him during SL-India series, every cricketer /fan called him fondly "KT". Thanks KT.