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    Umpire Desraj dies at 70

    New Delhi: Former umpire Desraj, who stood in an one-day international between Australia and Zimbabwe at Ahmedabad in 1998 during the Pepsi tri-series, on Sunday passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest in Pune.

    He was 70. He is survived by his daughter, son-in-law and a grandson. Desraj, who became a 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.