JEDDAH – The Jeddah Cricket Association (JCA) organized a farewell ceremony for Kumar Krishnan, a leading player and umpire. He is returning to India for good after working in Saudi Arabia for 36 years.
The ceremony was widely attended by JCA Executive Committee members, umpires panel, captains of the association’s clubs and eminent personalities such as S.P. Singh, Khalil Qazi, Jaffer Abbasi and A.A. Merchant.
Kumar, who had come to the Kingdom in 1981, worked with Zahid Group.
Hamid Rana, JCA vice president, briefed the audience on the playing days he spent with Kumar in the early 1980s and recollected a few memorable performances of Kumar, particularly his 6-wicket haul in a match when captain Sohail Butt of Zahid Tractors casually handed Kumar the ball and was surprised to see him rope in 6 wickets.
He said Kumar, who had a passion for the game of cricket, then decided to give back something to the game when he took up umpiring and officiated matches whenever JCA needed him.
Being a senior umpire he was highly respected for his dedication and discipline not only by JCA but by officials of other leagues as well.
A.A. Merchant, one of Kumar’s closest friends, had given him a nick name of “Computer” as Kumar had all cricket statistics on his finger tip.
Aijaz Khan, JCA president, who played alongside Kumar in the Indian Blues team in the mid-1980s, also spoke about Kumar as a person. He said Kumar was always willing to help people not only in Jeddah but also in his home town of Mumbai, whenever anyone needed assistance there.
Muhammad Iqbal, JCA CEO, noted that Kumar’s departure will be a great loss to all who know him and particularly JCA, which will miss his umpiring services. Many others also paid glowing tributes to Kumar as a player, person and umpire.
Kumar thanked JCA and others for the great time they spent together and emotionally bid adieu.
Haroon Abdulla, JCA executive secretary, presented Kumar with a 40” TV set along with other gifts from Khind Electronics, Pepsi Deccan Knight, JCA umpires panel, Hyderabad Sharks, MCH Green and S.P. Singh. – SG