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I am rabbani j 24 years old studying engineering i have some questions over umpiring is there any qualification required, when and where was exams are going to conduct.  does exams were conduct only once a year or what.


Thanks for your question.

You need not have any qualification or degree to become an umpire. What you need is thorough knowledge of the game and its 42 Laws, plus common sense. But you need to develop communication skill, command over English language and writing practice of exam papers. You need to purchase Law book and must keep on reading and understanding cricket Laws. You must have good patience and passion to perform this toughest job and also sound health to stand for hours on the field of play.

BCCI level-1 exam is around the corner and is very much due this year. The exam will be conducted by the local association on behalf of BCCI and for that you must register your name with the local association. You must be doing matches at present and I hope this will help you a lot. You must be more than 25 and less than 40 years of age for level-1 exam.

Hope this is good enough. Your further questions on umpiring will be answered and they are always welcome.

Regards and best wishes,

Suhas Sapre (17/11/2013)

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QUESTION: Thank u sir
    where did approach local association in karnataka and will they response me?  when was umpiring exams and does it happen yearly?


I am not aware about your place and if you stay in a district place you must have District Cricke4t Association which should be affiliated to the State Cricket Association. So get in touch with the nearest cricket association, which runs the various local tournaments with the help of BCCI.

Exams happen when BCCI wants. So I am not aware about the next exam, but I can tell you that it is very much due any time in next one or two years. You just send your local association your brief bio data mentioning your cricketing activities and your interest to serve the association in Umpiring in local matches. So just get in touch with the association try to meet good people around and be a low profile. Be a good listener and then good beginner in your career.

Hope this is good enough.

Suhas Sapre (baroda 19/11/2013)

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QUESTION: Hi sir I am staying in bangalore (karnatka) so where did i approach to our local association n how should i register my name to the association

Hi RJ,

I am not sure about your place and you have to simply write to your local association that you have played cricket and want to take up umpiring and serve the association. Just simply register your name with a hand written application and request them to allot junior matches, say school tournaments etc. After getting good report about your umpiring, you will get an opportunity to appear in the local state panel umpiring exam and BCCI level-1 exam after their prescribed local criteria. So just ask any nearby cricketers or any cricket club regarding your queries.

Thanks for getting back to me.

Suhas Sapre (baroda 24/11/2013)


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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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