Test umpire Mamsa dead after a prolonged illness

Published: Monday, November 14, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai:Former Test umpire A M Mamsa, who officiated in six Tests between 1964 and 1973, died here at a local hospital in the early hours of yesterday after a prolonged illness.

He was 87 and a bachelor, according to sources close to Mamsa.

Mamsa, who also umpired in 80 first class games, made his debut at the Test level at the Brabourne Stadium here in 1964 when the English team led by M J K Smith visited India to take on Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi's home team.

His last Test was also during an England team's tour, during the 1972-73 visit by the Tony Lewis-led side, at Chennai.

Mamsa was also a cricket coach recognised by the Mumbai Cricket Association and had trained several umpires who later officiated in Tests.

Mamsa's benefit match, approved by the Indian cricket board and played between the Sunil Gavaskar XI and Dilip Vengsarkar XI, was organised in January 1994 at Bhoisar near Mumbai.

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