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Hi sir,
       I am interested in taking umpiring as a profession, my question is 1)how I should approach the local cricket association, for example I come from Pune, should I contact Pune district cricket association or Maharastra cricket association?  
         2) should I give them my biodata regarding only my cricketing experience or educational qualification also?
         3) How should I pursue my application with them, will they call me according to their requirement?or there is any procedure say, any form or something that I have to fill up?

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Dear Yogesh,

Thanks for your question.

Anybody who is interest in Cricket, having a bit of knowledge about the game can approach his/her local cricket association with a simple written application. He should mention that he is interested in cricket and he knows the game well and is interested to take up umpiring and to help the association with his services. But he must know certain basic rules to enable him to answer a few questions if interviewed. You need to give your all details n=in your application, also mention any playing experience or any other experience regarding the game.So get yourself enrolled with the local association at any time in the evening. They are supposed to enroll your name with the association and would inform you regarding exam for local as well as BCCI level-1 exam. Get to know more details from local umpires and befriend them with low profile. Certainly there are some people who would definitely like to help you.

You can read the following instructions for your success.

Here are some of the positive tips for becoming a professional cricket umpire.

1.    If you have played the game, if you are involved in the game, it becomes handy in terms of understaidng the rules and knowing the umpires’ new signals.
2.   It is a long cherished career to last for decades, once you achieve it.
3.   Your playing days would not get over, when you stop playing cricket, you can still remain attach to the game by way of becoming cricket umpire or scorer.
4.   There are no’rules’ or ‘guidelines’ that helps to make you a good umpire. However, code of conduct defines how an umpire should conduct themselves.
5.   Contact the state Director of Umpires in your state and enroll your name in their list of umpires to enable you to stand in local matches. So start with your registration with the local association.
6.   To start umpiring-without playing cricket you need to have to gain lot more practical experience of the matches. At least if you have played some club matches level, it will help you to understand the laws easily. You can be master of theory but what about practical, which is the most important part of becoming umpire. It is not always true that only players can turn good umpires. But your playing experience will make you easy to follow the rules of the game and for your interpretation. So when you are young why don’t you prolong your playing days for some time besides standing in some friendly games, which will help you in the coming days.
7.   There are certain ladder to climb and achieve certain goals in life. There are Nursery, KG sections primary sections and so on, before one can join some professional and skilled courses..
Like wise in cricket, one should take up 9if interested) playing cricket like schooling. One can take up to learn and master the skill of the game at a tender age of 7 or 8. If you have talent, it would be noticed by your coach and that will make senses to continue to play for more years to find a place in Jr. as well as Sr tournaments, as you grow older. But everyobody cannot be a cricketer and not to waste our knowledge about the game and to remain involved in the game one can take up other assignments like umpiring scoring.
8.   Cricket is a modern game and now gives you more opportunities to explore with your talent and skill. The game caters lucrative posts and professional umpire is one of them.
9.   Whatever assignemtn you would like to choose in the game of cricket, it should not be at the cost of your personal career. Becaue a big game is involved with lot of politics and one shoul overcome such obstacles during one’s path, while aiming to reach the goal.
10.   If you have a great desire to be come progfessonal umpires I would guide you as under,

•   Keep yourself fit to stand for 6 to 7 hours that too in high as well as low temprerature. Like cricketers you also have tomaintain sound fitness. This you can gain by standing in matches from your young days.
•   Start umpiring job in your own game, when players have to invoke into the job by turn.
•   Read, cram, Read & follow, Understand the catch words in each law. Also try to learn and apply the most important Law i.e. Law No. 43- “Common sense” while standing in the game. You can acquire this with the practical experience.
•   Try to follow the rules of the game while playing. Try to discuss the problems with your senior umpires.
•   Without Guru no knowledge, like no knowledge without college. On the base of this proverb, you have to make some one your “preacher” (guru) to learn and discuss more about the interpretation of the rule.
•   You should develop good communication skill with good command over English language.
•   You should practice answering question papers of your state exams in writing.
•   You enroll your name with your local association, and start stand in Junior league tournaments.
•   Make a commitment to yourself, providing quality services to umpiring, irrespective of the status of the game.
•   You must be thoroughly conversant with the rules and be sufficiently authoritative and diplomat to carry out the role of umpiring.
•   Keep your Umpiring kit ready with required equipments
o   Diary / Papers
o   Pen / Pencils / Rubber / Calculator
o   Match card (Bowling card)
o   Required Panama floppy cap
o   Sun glasses / other glasses for better vision
o   Neat & clean uniform
o   Ball counting machine in an over
o   Copy of Pocket Rule book
o   Copy of any local playing conidions / Regulation book
o   Any other required euquipments
o   Handkerchief / Towel



I also presume you must have purchased a Bible on Cricket Laws. Hope this will help you a lot. For any further clarifications on any point,you can get back to me. Your questions are most welcome.


With best wishes,

Suhas Sapre (Baroda 17/12/2012)

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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.

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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.

Organizations
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.

Publications
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.

Education/Credentials
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.

Awards and Honors
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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