Friday 24 May, 2019

Cricket Umpire Cumberbatch stands no more

The local cricket fraternity is mourning the passing on Saturday of retired cricket umpire Clyde Cumberbatch.

Leading the condolences to his family and friends were president of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board, Azim Bassarath, and head of the Umpires and Scorers Association, Parasram Singh.

The 81-year-old Cumberbatch reportedly succumbed to injuries he sustained in a fall at his Petit Valley home early on Saturday.

The affable cricket official stood in 12 Tests, 26 One-Day Internationals and 63 First Class matches, and after his retirement was intimately involved in the training and certification of local and regional umpires.

Bassarath, a former umpire himself who headed the local umpires organisation before his election as TTCB president, said he was saddened to hear of Cumberbatch’s passing and expressed his deepest sympathies to his grieving family on behalf of the national sports organisation, and indeed the entire local cricket community.

“Clyde was well-respected and made a great contribution to umpiring. He left a legacy of scores of officials who benefitted from his wide experience, support and mentorship. He will be greatly missed,” said Bassarath.

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