Former test umpire SR Ramchandra Rao passes away

New Delhi [India], June 12 : The former test umpire SR Ramachandra Rao passed away on Sunday 81-year-old.

The Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) released a statement on Monday, condoling the sudden demise of Rao.

"The President, office bearers and members of the management committee of the Karnataka State Cricket Association deeply condoles the sad and sudden demise of Sri SR Ramachandra Rao," KSCA statement read.

Born on September 16, 1931, Rao made his first-class umpiring debut in a Ranji Trophy game between Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh in Aligarh in November 1975.

He officiated in 20 first-class games, including four involving visiting teams. His only Test was the India-Pakistan game in Ahmedabad in March 1987. The game is best remembered for Sunil Gavaskar becoming the first batsman to cross 10,000 runs. He also stood in five List A games, which included three One-Day Internationals. His last assignment was the rain-affected ODI between India and Pakistan in Pune in March 1987, which the visitors won by six wickets.

Source: ANI