Controversial Pak umpire Rana dies

Published: Wednesday, April 11, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Lahore: Former Pakistani umpire Shakoor Rana known for his furious 1987 row with then-England captain Mike Gatting has died after suffering a heart attack, family sources said on Tuesday. He died at his home in Lahore on Monday night, they said. Rana, who was 63, was involved in an on-field shouting match with England captain Gatting during the Faisalabad Test of 1987, but last year buried the bitterness by welcoming the England team in Pakistan. "All his four valves in the heart were jammed and his heart stopped working on Monday night," family sources told AFP. Rana's two brothers, Shafqat and Azmat, and two sons, Mansoor and Maqsood, played for Pakistan, while Rana himself was a former first class cricketer. Rana, who umpired 15 Tests and 19 One-day Internationals, retired from umpiring in 1993. During the 1987 controversy Rana had called a no ball after Gatting moved a fielder into what the umpire considered an illegal position. The England captain was furious and the ensuing abusive confrontation between Rana and Gatting resulted in the loss of a day's play in the Faisalabad Test. The Pakistani umpire demanded an apology from the England captain and the standoff almost resulted in the tour being cancelled.

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