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Hi Suhas,

  My name is Kaivalya Phansalkar. Currently I am working for a multinational company in Pune. I am too much passionate about the game of cricket, as most of the people in India. I haven't played cricket on any competitive level due to some unavoidable reasons. But, I have gained sufficient amount of knowledge about this game over the period of time. I always watch pre and post match analysis for getting better & better knowledge about the game.
 
  As I am looking forward to do something for cricket, my initial focus is on umpiring. So I want to ask you few questions ragarding umpiring procedure. They are as follow :

1. What is the 1st stage for giving an umpiring exam?
2. What type of skills are required to be an international umpire?
3. How much period it takes to reach at the international level?
4. if I start giving umpiring exams now, then for how much period  I can sustain my current job?
5. How much competition is involved in pursuing a creer in umpiring?
6. How much remunaration can a person get during the earlier stages of umpiring career?

Kindly answer all my questions one by one. Awaiting for your reply.

Thanks & Regards,
Kaivalya Phansalkar.

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Hi Kaivalya,

Very good morning and a pleasant day ahead.

Thanks for your series of questions. I would answer them in brief and in order.

1. What is the 1st stage for giving an umpiring exam?

Any person can appear in local state panel exam, having enough knowledge about the game and coule of years of on field experience. But BCCI has set certain norms for their Level-1 exam, the minimum age is 25 and to end at the age of 40 years. So all local associations have got their Umpiring committee to educate local umpires by conducting seminars and exams before they become eligible for BCCI level-1 exam.

2. What type of skills are required to be an international umpire?

Quite a good on field experience, must have got remarkable points from local domestic BCCI tournaments, good personality, skill of better communication, passion and love for the game,
ready to learn from seniors and from every match, sound physical fitness to stand in any condition. And moreover low profile nature to beat any political issues. Silent is your strength.

3. How much period it takes to reach at the international level?

Depends on your luck and hard work. It depends how quickly you jump from level 1 to level-3. How you master the theory and how you apply on the field of play. Its a matter of luck and hard work with all sincerity. Only your passion and dedication will make you achieve your goal in almost 10 years.


4. if I start giving umpiring exams now, then for how much period  I can sustain my current job?

You have not mentioned your age but I presume you must have crossed 25. You have to get on with both the things simultaneously and must know how to balance your job and cricket. If you are well settled with the job and you have week end holidays then I don't think there will be any problem. Initially you must take care of your personal leave, they should keep reserved for good matches with the understanding with your Boss. We have in India, all the umpires and scorers are working and face various problems to get special leave sanctioned. Our sports body in India must interfere in this matter and special leave to sports person must not be ignored, when they are representing at national / International level.


5. How much competition is involved in pursuing a creer in umpiring?

Its a tough job and tough competition. But it is up to local cricket association to take care of those good umpires who are well learned persons and can have abilities to scale higher level standard of umpiring. Otherwise, everywhere, because of unemployment, people have started taking umpiring and scoring as their bread and butter. So let it be so, but skilled persons should be backed up in all respects, leaving politics aside.

6. How much remunaration can a person get during the earlier stages of umpiring career?

It differs from association to association. But since all associations are pumped in lot of money from the BCCI, they should set a uniform remuneration all over India for all local matches so that there is no controversy. As of now, local umpires get from Rs. 500/ to Rs.2000/- per day and scorers too get an equal amount. I would opine that only novice umpires should be kept under observation for 3 consecutive cricketing seasons before they get at par remuneration along with their seniors. They must be handled with care and let us watch if they continue after 3 years. Novice umpires must be paid a half or 25% less amount of what they senior umpires earn.


Hope this is good enough in brief, otherwise its all long debatable issues and opinion differs from person to person but from an ordinary person to knowledgeable person. Certain committees must have know-how persons to handle all the issues related to certain subjects.

With best wishes,

Suhas Sapre (Baroda 01/12/2013)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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