Only a dedicated cricket historian can dig up another
example of this nature.
The first ODI in which father
and son featured together in the same match was Kenya vs
West Indies played on 15 August 2001 on Nairobi’s Simba
Union grounds when one of the umpires was Subash Modi
and one of the Kenya players was his son, Hitesh Modi.
At the end of the match, the ICC Match Referee
Vishwanath Gundapa from India congratulated Subash that
this was the first time a father and son duo were
featured in an official ODI match.
This feat was repeated in two other ODIs, Kenya vs
The story starts in 1957 when Subash started playing
cricket at the age of eleven while at school in
Two years later, he moved to Kenya with his parents
and continued playing at school in Nairobi.
After playing for various clubs namely Ngara Sports
Club, Pangani Sports Club and Premier Club he graduated
to Kenya national team in 1969 during the Quadrangular
Cricket Tournament in Zambia in which Kenya, Uganda,
Tanzania and Zambia participated.
He played active cricket until 1984 and then became a
Kenya cricket umpire in 1981.
With experience, he represented International Cricket
Council Associates and Affiliates Umpires Panel from
2005 to 2010.
He has umpired 22 ODIs and nine T20 matches while
Hitesh played 63 ODI’s for Kenya.
His achievements as an umpire are exceptional.