Francis died in a hospital on Sunday, they said. He was 73.
Francis along with Herbie Felsinger officiated in Sri Lanka’s first-ever Test match against England here in February 1982.
He was a member of the ICC international panel of umpires and officiated in 25 Tests and 56 ODIs between 1982 and 1999.
He started his career as a railway guard and played football and cricket for the Ceylon Government Railway in the Government Services tournaments for 40 years.
Reflecting back over the years, Francis once said, “Because of cricket I am known today in Sri Lanka and sometimes outside the country. If not for cricket I would have been an ordinary guard in the Railway and would have been a non-entity, nobody would have known me. Cricket has given me so much that I was prepared to undergo everything.”