Dubai:The ICC on Wednesday condoled the death of legendary umpire David Shepherd, saying the Englishman was one of the greatest match officials the game has ever produced.
Shepherd passed away last night at the age of 68 after battling cancer. He is survived by his wife Jenny, whom he married last year.
"David was a true gentleman of the game. He was a fine player and a match official of the very highest quality. He will be remembered fondly by players, spectators and administrators who saw him as a great entertainer but also as one of the best umpires the game has ever seen," ICC President David Morgan said in his condolence message.
"The example he set as someone who took the art of umpiring very seriously while also enjoying what he did immensely will leave a lasting legacy for the game.
"He was an engaging character which meant players and other umpires were always delighted to be around him. We have lost someone whose positive influence on our great sport has been immense," he added.
The present ICC international umpires panel has also issued a collective tribute to their former colleague, saying the world will always remember him for his wonderful contribution towards the game.