Tributes pour in for John Hampshire
Many former and current cricketers tweeted after the former international umpire and England international passed away.
Former England cricketer and international umpire, John Hampshire passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his family after a long illness at the age of 76. A member of the Yorkshire side in the 1960s, Hampshire won five County Championship titles and also played for England in eight Tests and three ODIs.
He made his first-class debut in 1961 and scored over 28,000 first-class runs, including 45 hundreds. He even scored a century on Test debut against West Indies at Lord’s in 1969 but only played seven more Tests after that.
At the conclusion of his playing career, he became a first-class umpire and stood in his first Test in 1989. He won plenty of admirers over the next decade as an international umpire, which came to an end in 2002 after being an umpire in 41 international matches.
Upon retiring from being an umpire, Hampshire turned to his county, Yorkshire, for whom he took over as club president in March 2016, after previously playing and captaining the county.
Here are the tributes from the cricket fraternity:
Saddened to hear the demise of John Hampshire. Highly respected. May his soul rest in peace.— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) March 1, 2017
A great loss to cricket, RIP John Hampshire. The cricket fraternity is going to miss you.— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) March 1, 2017
Such a sad day.John Hampshire was someone who gave me so much advice when I was young,a fantastic man who will be dearly missed..#RIPHamps— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) March 1, 2017
Deeply saddened by the loss of John Hampshire, one of the most respected umpires. May his soul rest in peace.— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) March 1, 2017
Very sad to hear that John Hampshire has passed away. One of the great cricket men. Steeped in the game . A real gent and great fun— David 'Bumble' Lloyd (@BumbleCricket) March 1, 2017
So sad to hear of the passing of John Hampshire.....my first roomy in NZ....RIP— Ian Botham (@BeefyBotham) March 1, 2017
Absolutely gutted to hear that John Hampshire has passed. A fantastic player and true gentleman. Rest In Peace John, you shall be missed!— Jonny Bairstow (@jbairstow21) March 1, 2017
Former Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie:
A wonderful, wonderful man.— Jason Gillespie (@dizzy259) March 1, 2017
RIP President. https://t.co/WwVK6gpkDJ