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Dear Mr. Sapre,
Greetings of the day!!

I have been playing cricket since very long in schools and collages. however in recent past playing cricket has been stopped. I have a very strong desire for becoming a cricket umpire. Currently I am 39 and stays in Pune. I would request you to guide/assist me for making me familiar to the process / courses and exams for becoming a cricket umpire.
Please also let me know which cricket association in Pune or Mumbai will be useful?
I would also like to know the contact details of anyone of ur acquaintances from these associations.

Thanking you in anticipation.

kind regards,

Avinash Puranik

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Dear Avinash,

Thanks for your interest and love for the game of cricket and that you have decided to take up umpiring.

You are 39 and I regret you may miss the bus. As age criteria for BCCI Level-1 is 40 and for Level-2 is 45. I am also afraid if there is a level-1 exam, taking place in a short period. In fact it is very much due this year, provided BCCI decides to conduct. But you must be ready for a last but golden chance, if it happens before you cross 40. Besides this, you must register your name with either Mumbai or Maharashtra Crickt Association. Maharashtra would be a better choice since Mumbai has a long list of umpires and you might not get a chance.

I presume you have been doing umpiring and must have registered your name with either association. This is must to appear in the exam. If you are not registered with either association, you must do it soon with a written application and brief resume.

If you are a settled person in your personal career then it does not matter whether you become an umpire or not. I am telling you this because you are already 39. But if you need to earn a bread and butter and yet not settled with  your personal career, it can still be better to join the umpiring group, which will help you to earn your bread and butter. This is all subject to your interest and love for the game and how much you know about the game of cricket. Because cricket umpiring is a tough and challenging job, which requires both physical and metal fitness to stand in scorching sun for hours together.

So don't miss the bus. Just do what I said. Once you do this and if you find any possibility of level-1 exam, get back to me I am here to guide you  to clear your exam.

May Almighty helps you to get a fair chance, and you need to score 90% marks at the very fist and last attempt to qualify for the level-2 exam. So work hard, get in touch with senior umpires and just each out the 42 Laws from Bible "Tom Smith".

With best wishes,


Suhas Sapre (Baroda 27/03/2013)

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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.

Experience

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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