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QUESTION: Respected Sir,

I have some doubts about the correctness of scores

1) Whoes primary responsibility is this ? ( correctness of the scores )

2) what procedure umpire should adopt in case they consider the runs scored are incorrect ?

3) consider a scenario : Team A need 136 to win , scorers said 4 to win from 4 , team A won on the last ball scoring only 4 runs considering 136 target has reached , no overs remain now.
But after returning from the field it was cleared that Team A scored only 134 , they are still 2 runs short but the overs are correctly counted and not a single ball remain to bowl.

What to deal with such scenario ?
( Here overs are completed , if there are still some balls/overs left then we could ask the player to come back to filed to complete the match unless , Team B captain concedes defeat.)

4) What is the best practice to avoid such mis-scoring ?

Mayur Wankhade.

ANSWER: Dear Mayur,

Thanks again for good question. I will answer them in order.

1) Whose primary responsibility is this ? ( correctness of the scores )


It is practically a joint duty of both Scorers and Umpires. But whenever there is a discrepancy in the scores, Umpires need to check and correct it. Every now and then umpires must be agree with the scorers that scores are tally. There are always two scorers appointed for each match and they must agree with them regarding the correctness of scores. Normally umpires come into the picture when there is a mistake or there is a disagreement between two scorers. Umpires will go through the scores and will correct accordingly.

Couple of years back this had happened to me in a local premier game and I had to correct the scores and target.

2) what procedure umpire should adopt in case they consider the runs scored are incorrect ?

Umpires must tally the total score with the scores of all batsmen plus Extras and penalties. Secondly all runs conceded by the bowlers plus fielding extras, i.e. Byes and leg byes, and penalties. (This is excluding No balls and Wide balls) If they don't tally, umpires need to correct accordingly.

3) consider a scenario : Team A need 136 to win , scorers said 4 to win from 4 , team A won on the last ball scoring only 4 runs considering 136 target has reached , no overs remain now.
But after returning from the field it was cleared that Team A scored only 134 , they are still 2 runs short but the overs are correctly counted and not a single ball remain to bowl.

There are two things to remember, when the mistake is found in the scores.

First, mistake is occurred, when there is no time nor balls left in the game and the side  batting last has completed its innings, the umpires will correct the scores and will declare the result which will stand and shall be accepted by both the teams. That result cannot be challenged later on at any stage.

Secondly when the mistake has occurred and time or balls are left in the game.

If, after the players and umpires have left the field in the belief that the match has been concluded, the umpires discover that a mistake in scoring has occurred which affects the result then, they shall call upon the players to resume the game, if the batting last has not completed its innings and either,

i. the number of overs to be bowled in the last hour, or in that innings, has not been completed, or

ii. the agreed time for close of play, or for the end of the innings, has not been reached

4) What is the best practice to avoid such mis-scoring ?

Both umpires and scorers must agree with the scores, at the end of each interval or interruption, at the end of the day's play and at the end of innings, to avoid any such incident. In local matches, the umpires need to be very agile on check. If otherwise, in first class matches, there is a rare occasion of such happenings. Because now a days all matches are done on computers and now BCCI appoints online scorers. So Umpires need to be careful in local matches where manual scorers are doing duties.

Hope this will clear your doubts. Thanks for your questions, they are really worth answering. Thanks to Dhuleti festival's holiday, which provided me free time to answer pending questions.

In the end wish you happy and colourful Holi. With best wishes,

Suhas Sapre (Baroda 27/03/2013)

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QUESTION: Respected Sir,

questions become genuine when they come from experience packages.
On each and every weekend i am doing local matches here at pune.
Also will be getting some good matches now.
You are enjoying to answer my questions, its honour for me.
Thanks a lot.
Happy holy to you too.

Mayur Wankhade

ANSWER: Dear Mayur,

Thanks for keeping me alert on cricket umpiring and that I am enjoying too, refreshing my knowledge about the game. Its a wonderful for me to answer questions. And I thank this yahoo experts services to provide me an opportunity and platform to reach out to people like you. Thanks for your lovely words and appreciating my services.  I am meeting wonderful people through this yahoo experts. My dream is that some other day, my followers will reach to the ICC panel, and may be that I like to see you there with your hard and honest work.

With best wishes,

Suhas Sapre (Baroda 2/04/2013)

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QUESTION: Respected Sir,

Definitely sir, I am trying my level best to reach there, it's not only my passion but while doing this job I get the utmost satisfaction to serve the governing body with my skills. I am a software engineer and earning a good amount every month but what satisfaction level I am achieving on the field is beyond anything.
I am putting my all efforts towards my aim each and every day! Hope I will be there definitely on the field with ICC jersey and hat ! will require your support and blessings at all the times to achieve that mark. One day I definitely gonna meet you and surprise you.

Mayur Wankhade.

Dear Mayur,

Hope you to be my dream of umpire and I will be proud for that. I like to see you at the peak in near future. I am sure you will attain your goal with all your hard and honest work. Keep on reading Laws. I also advise you to down loan open manual and read it and study it.

With best wishes,

Suhas Sapre (baroda 19/04/2013)


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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.

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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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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