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QUESTION: sir I am lekhak age 22.I would like to get in to the profession of umpiring how to register in state cricket associations?pls mention  frequency of exams?

ANSWER: Dear Lekhak,

Thanks for your question. To give you proper guidance you must inform your belonging to which place. What is your interest and how did you decide to take up a tough job of umpiring. Only then I will be able to guide you properly. Let me give your detailed information to guide you in the right direction.

Thanks and regards,

Suhas Sapre (Baroda 21/12/2013)

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QUESTION: First of all thanks for your answer. I am belonging to bangalore karnataka and regarding my interest to do umpiring job is I am a very passinate about the game but unfortunately I didn't join to learn the game. So now I am desperate to associate with this game so pls tell me how can I reach there also specify is there any fee has to pay to get registered with KSCA

ANSWER: Dear Lekhak,

Thanks for getting back to me and that shows how eager you are to take up the challenging job of umpiring. I would advise you to follow my instructions given hereunder.

1. Since you have not played cricket, you must join some nearby club or you can play cricket with school boys.
2. Playing cricket is not compulsion but it will help you to follow cricket easily.
3. Many Engineer students take up umpiring and as they are brilliant in theory, they get through easily but they find it difficult when standing in matches.
4. You must stand in the nets of boys to get feel for doing umpiring.
5. You purchase a book of Cricket Laws, I would like you to  purchase Cricket Umpiring and Scoring by Tom Smith, which is a Bible of Cricket.
6. Read and understand the Laws and try to understand catch word.
7. The more you read the book the more you will learn from the book.
8. Register your name with the nearest local District / State cricket association at your place.
9. Start practicing umpiring in Junior cricket matches, friendly matches, club matches, before you stand in a competitive matches.
10. Try to get confidence by standing in practice matches.
11. Try to attend umpiring seminar and appear in the local exam, before you will be eligible for BCCI Level-1 exam which is very much due.
12. The age criteria for BCCI level-1 is from 25 to 40, and for Level-II, is up to 45.
13. You must have good command over English language or develop good communication skill.
14. You must possess sound health to stand for hours in any given condition.
15. You must have good writing practice to pass the exam.

There are still lot of things to follow, but at the moment you just try to follow the above instructions so that you will decide yourself about taking up umpiring. For any clarification on doubtful points I am here to guide you further in this regard. For any clarification, you can get back to me.

Wish you all the best.

Suhas Sapre (Baroda 27/12/2013)

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QUESTION: Thankyou so much for u r guidence sir.
Is it free to register under state cricket board or I have to pay to get registered and after registration will state board will call us to do umpiring or I have to clear any exam to reach there. If any exams is there what is the frequency sir

Dear Lekhak,

Thanks for getting back to me.

You have nothing to pay for any registration. Registration is just enroll your name with the association with your all personal profile and knowledge about the game and that you want to serve the association. You must start umpiring  with club, school and junior matches in any tournament. The association will give you assignment with junior tournaments and on the basis of your performance and feed back from the cricketers you will get slowly and gradually senior matches.

So just develop your relation with the association and cricketing coaches and clubs for practice.

With best wishes,

Suhas Sapre (Baroda 29/12/2013)


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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.


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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