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Respected Sir,

Which time piece (watch) would you suggest that umpire must refer on field.

digital or analog or combination of both ? What are the advantages for the specified one , if you can please share your experience on this if any.

Mayur Wankhade.

Ideally the time piece should be a "public" clock visible to the players.  If there is nothing suitable, then one of the umpires' watches should be nominated.

In all cases, I strongly recommend the use of a digital wristwatch, which I synchronise with the official clock.  I record the minutes and seconds at which a wicket falls (and other important incidents) so that I can be certain exactly how long it takes for the new batsman to arrive.

When it comes to the end of the match or session of play depending on time, then I would try to use the official clock.  


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Cricket umpiring and scoring. I can answer questions on MCC Laws of Cricket but not ICC and other special regulations, which are frequently changing. I cannot answer questions on careers as a cricket umpiring. For details of courses, visit (anywhere that has advertised), (UK only)


I passed The Association of Cricket Umpires and Scorers Full membership examinations in 1961 and have been an instructor since 1973, and examiner since 1977 and have undergone the first stage training as an Umpire Assessor for ECB Association of Cricket Officials. I was Chairman of Training Board for ACU&S from 1981 to 1997.

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MA Hons Cantab 1966 DMS Part 1, 1975 Enterprise Reader (rtd), Staffordshire University)

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