Former Umpire Des Raj, who stood in an one-day international between Australia and Zimbabwe at Ahmedabad in 1998 during the Pepsi Tri Series, today passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest in Pune.
He was 70. He is survived by his daughter, son-in-law and a grandson.
Des Raj, who became a BCCI Ranji Trophy Umpire from Delhi and served the Indian board for 15 years before retiring in 2001, officiated in 30 first class matches from 1986-87 to 2001-02.
He served for 40 years and retired in 2003 from operating Deputy of Northern Railways. For a long period he also served Northern Railway Sports Association.
He was a medium fast bowler who played for Northern Railways and Delhi Gymkhana cricket club.