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QUESTION: Hello Sir,
         To Become A professional umpire i.e umpiring for state and higher levels does BCCI conduct an exam or ,do we need to start umpiring from club levels and they select us by observing our experience ,or do they give us promotion from the club level ?

ANSWER: Dear Sai Datta,

Thanks for your question.

When you decide to take up umpiring, you must start standing in practice matches, friendly matches, you can stand in nets / practice session. It is not that you can directly apply and appear in BCCI exam. You must be a registered umpire of your local association. You must apply with a written application to your local association that you are interested in offering your services as an umpire You can mention your playing experience. Playing cricket to some lever will make you a better umpire than a person who has never played cricket. I have experienced many Indian players have not been found fit to stand in first class matches. Playing cricket and doing umpiring is altogether different and makes a lot of difference. All first class players cannot be good umpires and all non-playing umpires are not bad umpires. Its all depend on how you quickly follow the interpretation of rules and how you apply them. Its all about application of the Laws  on the ground. So work hard. Keep on playing together with umpiring, it will help you a lot to learn lot of things regarding umpiring. Umpiring is not merely counting 6 balls and go home. So gain more practical on field experience to become professional umpire. Our former test umpire Venkatraghvan had done umpiring for 3 months at a stretch with little gap, when he had decided to take up umpiring. So mind well, its not so easy as one would think from outside the boundary. You must have passion and love for the game.

More about it when you learn something out of this and try to stand in matches. Get back to me and mention your playing experience.

With best wishes,

Suhas Sapre (Baroda 15/11/2012)

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QUESTION: Hello Sir,
         In My last question you told me that we should be in touch with the local association to umpire local club matches.then for suppose we have been umpiring for 5 years and i'm intrested in umpiring at higher level then should we ourselves go and ask the local association to promote us to the higher level or they call us when there is an empty post ?

ANSWER: Dear Sai Datta,

Thanks for getting back to me for further clearance of your doubts.

You must be a registered umpire with your local association. If you are a registered umpire and serving your association for the cause, it is your association, which is responsible to promote your career as an umpire. Local association is having Umpiring Committee, which works for the posting of umpires in various local as well as promotional tournaments under the banner of the association. Any organization which likes to conduct any event or tournament, they have to approach the association for the services of the umpires and for the requirements of the local grounds.

So if you have been doing umpiring for 5 years under the banner of your local association, you need not bother about exam. It is the association which will propose certain list of umpires when BCCI's officials are appointed to conduct exam at certain places. So keep on doing your job, the time will come for you to appear in the exam. Do as many matches as possible, try to learn while doing umpiring. Make a habit of putting everything on paper, any doubtful points in your diary and get back to me so that you will learn the art of umpiring. I am here to remove your doubts and guide you for the BCCI level-1 exam.

Hope this is good enough for your anxiety of knowing regarding umpiring exam. Good luck, dear.

Suhas Sapre (Baroda 17/11/2012)

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QUESTION: Then Sir How Would The Local Association knew That We Are Very good At Umpiring ? Do They Look At Our Umpiring Experience(in terms of years) ?

Dear Sai Datta,

Thanks for your question.

Your performance is judged by the reports of the captains. More over if there is no complaint lodged against you with your association, you are safe and presume to be good umpire. Moreover, your colleague may judge you better if he is a senior colleague. As far as there is no complaint, you are in the good books of the concerned committee and they will proposae your name for the BCCI Level-1 exam. After all each association has to propose 25 names for level-1 exam.

Hope this is clear to you to judge where you are!

With best wishes,

Suhas Sapre (Baroda 18/11/2012)


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I can help to give all questions regarding cricket laws, rules on both umpiring and cricket scoring. It will be a great pleasure to help any candidate who wants to clear the exam of BCCI. I can guide him how the questions are asked and the way they should be replied. I can also conduct classes for Cricket umpiring and scoring anywhere. I look forward to educate and promote local umpires in the days to come. I would help them to get through BCCI Level 1 exam.


I have been a state panel cricket umpire and doing umpiring for last 40 years and also a BCCI official national scorer since 2004, having done many International ODIs played at Baroda and many first class matches in Baroda. I have passed many state panel exams in both categories.

I was serving with State Bank of India, as an Officer, posted at Bodeli branch, some 65 Kmts from Baroda, having taken promotion in August 2012. I was thereafter transferred to Pavi Jepur Br, some 90 kmts from Baroda on 20/12/2013. Recently I have taken VRS from Bank as after becoming an officer I was facing lot of problems regarding leave to attend BCCI matches as a scorer and also Local umpiring and thus hampering my sporting activities. Now to enable me to spare more time for my passion, I have opted for VRS and was relieved on 30/01/2016 and now will look forward to enjoy my passion in the remaining years.Look forward to remain busy with cricketing activities for next one decade and more.Look forward to help my cricket colleagues. Look forward to give off my best services to my passion, which has taught me many more things and now I feel I must contribute towards the local cricket association, i.e. Baroda Cricket Association with all love and enthusiasm in the coming years.I feel proud to take VRS for the sake of my passion. Its a great feeling that I have taken a bold decision in the wake of my passion which has given me enjoyment and physical fitness to enjoy the game of cricket in the the days to come. Now I feel myself as a free bird and no tension. Look forward to help budding umpires.

Earlier I used to write in local newspaper but thereafter time has not permitted me to do so. I give my views over the controversial topic.

I am a degree holder of Commerce and having a reputed banking job in Baroda. Recently due to some personal problems and to fulfil my love and passion for the game of cricket I have opted volunteer retirement from the Bank service to enable me to do BCCI matches as an Official scorer in first class matches. Taking promotion in Bank and expecting leave for the matches was a major problem and that is one of the reasons to quit bank ahead of cricket.

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I have passed several examination of cricket umpiring at State levels. I passed Mumbai cricket Association as well as Baroda Cricket Associations state exams. I had also cleared national written test of BCCI, but unfortunately sheer bad luck in viva and practical. I have also stood first in the Scorers' state level examinations at Saurashtra, exam conducted by Saurashtra Cricket Association and also stood first in Mumbai Cricket Association's Scorers' exam. I further cleared the BCCI national exam in the year 1994 held at Ahmedabad. In all I have officiated as an Umpire in more than 3500 matches, including T20, ODI, 3-4-5/days matches, 6-aside, double wicket tournaments, single wicket tournaments, and many more festival events and charity matches. I have also officiated as an official scorer in many first class cricket matches as well as almost all ODI matches played at the IPCL/ Reliance Cricket ground in Baroda. In all I have officiated as an official scorer in not less than 300 matches. I have been appointed a Sports Secretary of SBI in Baroda (2010 to 2012) I have been elected as one of the Umpires' committee of Baroda Cricket Association on 23.04.2012 Looking forward to take care of local umpires and will try to educate them. Recently I was privileged to conduct a 3-day cricket Umpires seminar on 7 to 9 September, 2012 along with Shri Sanjay Hazare, BCCI Elite panel cricket umpire. This was my first ever experience to conduct a seminar, which had almost 60 participants. I am thankful to the Baroda Cricket Association for giving me this opportunity. I have been honoured on many occasions with awards and certificates for my best umpiring. Recently on 13th February, 2014, I was invited as a Chief Guest by Amrut School in Halol, to celebrate the Annual Sports Day of their school.

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