New Delhi. As an international cricket umpire, it must not have been a memorable experience for Subhash Modi to declare his own son Hitesh Modi out. Subhash is the only umpire who had to face the ‘difficult’ situation of declaring his son out in international cricket. This opportunity came during the Kenya vs Bangladesh match in Nairobi in August 2006 when Subhash gave out his son Hitesh Modi.
Indian-origin father-son duo Subhash and Hitesh have been associated with Kenyan cricket. While Hitesh played 63 ODI matches for Kenya, after playing first class cricket, his father Subhash umpired in international matches. Subhash umpired in 23 ODIs and T20Is, including the 1999 World Cup and the 2000 Champions Trophy.
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Subhash had given LBW to his own son Hitesh on the ball of Mashrafe Mortaza in the match played against Bangladesh in Nairobi on 13 August 2006. In the match, Hitesh could score only 1 run after facing five balls. Coincidentally, this proved to be the last international match for Hitesh who lost his wicket on his father’s ‘raised finger’ and after this he could never play for Kenya.
After winning the toss in the match and batting first, the host Kenya team was out after scoring 184 runs in 46.3 overs. After the first seven wickets fell at the score of 71, Thomas Odoyo made an important contribution in taking Kenya’s score to 184 runs with the help of seven fours and four sixes in 97 balls. In reply, Bangladesh team also had to lose eight wickets to achieve the target of 185 runs. Mortaza, who took three wickets in bowling, also helped the team win in the 46th over by playing an unbeaten inning of 43 runs in 53 balls with the bat. Mortaza (3/53 and 43*) was declared player of the match for his double performance.
Created history by taking a wicket in the first over in all three formats, but his career was short.
Played three World Cups for Kenya, was also captain
Talking about Hitesh Modi, this left-handed batsman represented the Kenya team in the 1996, 1999 and 2003 World Cups. Not only this, in 2004, when key players went on strike under the leadership of Steve Tikolo over a payment dispute, he also took over the captaincy of the Kenya team.
Hitesh started his ODI career at the age of 24 on 18 February 1996 against India in Cuttack. In this match, he became the victim of Anil Kumble by scoring just two runs. In his 10-year international career, he scored 1109 runs in 63 ODIs at an average of 23.59, which included five half-centuries. Hitesh’s highest score in ODI was 78 runs which he made against Sri Lanka. Hitesh has scored 1224 runs (one century) in 25 first class cricket matches at an average of 31.28 and 1882 runs in 97 List A matches at an average of 25.78.
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Father Subhash umpired in 23 ODIs and 9 T20s.
Hitesh’s father Subhash played first class cricket in Kenya in the 1960s. Later he also played ‘innings’ as an umpire. He made his umpiring debut in the Kenya-West Indies match on 15 August 2001 and last officiated in the Kenya-Afghanistan match on 11 October 2010. Apart from 23 ODIs, he umpired in 9 T20 International matches. Subhash, born in the year 1946, was also the chairman of Kenya Cricket Umpires and Scorers Association. Apart from the 1999 World Cup and 2000 Champions Trophy, he also umpired in the 1998 Commonwealth Games held in Malaysia.
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Father Chris Broad fined son Stuart as match referee
Chris Broad, who was present as the match referee in the Manchester Test, had imposed a fine on his son Stuart Broad. ICC/X
Like Hitesh Modi-Subhash Modi, in another case, father Chris Broad has fined 15% of the match fee on son Stuart Broad for using objectionable words as match referee. . After dismissing Yasir Shah in the Manchester Test between Pakistan and England in the year 2020, Stuart gave an aggressive reaction for which he was penalized by match referee Chris Broad.
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FIRST PUBLISHED: January 9, 2024, 17:31 IST