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QUESTION: Respected Sir,

I am Kailash Sharma living in chennai & written an exam for TNCA umpires & have been through to exam & interview as well.Now they have given me a letter stating that i have been selected & will have to go through to the probation period of two years.Kindly guide me what could be a better preparation for further course of action & what are chance there to be an umpire atleast up to level 2.I have been playing cricket for almost 12 years & more.Cricket is everything for me so this is my ultimate goal to achieve it.Your guidelines would be helpful for me.

Thanks in advance.

Kind Regards
Kailash Sharma

ANSWER: Dear Kailash,

Its nice to hear your success in he TNCA exam and that you have received a letter from the association, stating you are on probation period for 2 years. It is nothing but your umpiring will be monitored, not physically, but on paper, by your association. So what you need to do is just do as many matches as you can and see that you remain a non-controversial person. Be good to all but not on the ground, be firm in your decisions, and try to be in the good books of your people around. Besides I would like to advise you following important points for your success in Umpiring

There are no “rules” or “guidelines” that define the type of person or personality that makes for a good umpire. There is however a Code of Conduct which defines how an umpire should conduct themself. An abridged version of the code is listed below:
1.   Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every human being regardless of age, gender, ethnic origin, religion or ability
2.   Be professional in your appearance and manner and accept responsibility for all actions taken.
3.   Make a commitment to providing quality service to umpiring, your State /Territory and ASF, by seeking continual improvement of your umpiring knowledge and skill through study, performance appraisal and regular updating of competencies
4.   Operate within the rules and spirit of Softball
5.   Refrain from any form of personal abuse towards athletes
6.   Refrain from any form of sexual harassment
7.   Place the safety and welfare of the participants above all else
8.   Be impartial
9.   Value the individual in sport
10. Avoid any situation which may lead to a conflict of interest
11. Show concern and caution towards sick and injured athletes
12. Encourage inclusivity and access to all areas of umpiring
13. Be a positive role model for Softball and umpiring

These rules you have to observe for your future success and I am sure you will march ahead without any hurdles.

So don't look back. Try to put your best efforts with proper knowledge of application of Laws and be brave to act on the field of play, but be polite and show all time courtesy. You must know how to cool them and how to tackle the situation when need arises.

With all best wishes,

Suas Sapre (Baroda 17/12/2012)

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QUESTION: Respected Sir,

Good Afternoon !!

Hoping that everything keep good there.

Further to our last correspondence i would like to take guidlines from you about the level 1 and level 2.It would be great if you could get me some sample question paper Or model paper for the same.

Right now i am enjoying my umpireing life alot with already done 7 matches for my association of defferent division including 3rd,4th,5th & 6th division.

As of things are happening right ontime & place feeling full of confidence & getting full support & appericiation from seniors.

I would be requesting you to please help me at the earliest by doing above needful.

Kind Regards
Kailash Sharma

Dear Kailash Sharma,

Thanks for your question and that you are very much eager to attain your goal of becoming an umpire. I feel, and I very much emphasize on practical knowledge about the game of cricket. The more you stand in matches, the more you will gain confidence. I would also advise you to read and understand all the 42 Laws by using the Law 43, i.e. common sense. I very much appreciate your passion about the umpiring. As you have got through the Level-1 exam, I am sure you will have no problem to be eligible for level 2 exam. 2 years of your practical experience will be a boon for your career and I am sure you will concentrate very much on umpiring. Don't involve in any controversy and keep a low profile status to achieve your goal. Don't involve in politics, otherwise it can harm our career. So get on with your performance, don't be too friendly with cricketers on the ground. I have experienced all these in my career. Players are players and I have no sympathy and love for this players, but some exception. So keep yourself like a supreme on the ground and take actions where Law is applicable. Application of the Laws is very much important while doing any matches.

Keep on reading and asking questions to yourself. Have good command over English language and you must have good intelligent communication skill, which will help you a lot in your career. Hope to share lot of things but I must stop here since it is too late. Good night and best wishes,

With regards,

Suhas Sapre (Baroda 09/03/2013)


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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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