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Dear  sir,

Your have helped me a lot in widening my cricket knowledge and understanding its laws by answering my previous questions over the last few years. Truly, you have brought me so close to cricket.Now I have come with few more doubts.Here is the scenario. A player left the field just before the last over of a regular T20 match. But the match has gone in to a super over.  My question is, whether the same player who was not on the field during last over can be allowed to bat or ball in a super over match or not. What are the restrictions being applied in this case for a player who was not present on the field for a particular time.

My second question is about the validity of a ball bowled by a bowler. In the process of delivering the ball the bowler has landed perfectly behind the inner line of the popping crease. But while releasing the ball, the bowler has slipped away and his front foot  was completely out of the popping crease. Is this considered to a legal delivery. What is to be take in to account before  calling a No-Ball in this case here, foot landed timing or placement of foot at the time of the releasing  the ball.  

Thanking you,


Dear Manesh Dhamani,

Thanks for very good questions. I also thank for your kind words to me. Answering your questions  in order,

In T20 overs a fielder has gone off the filed before the last over, so where is the question of penalty. If a fielder leaves the field of play for more than 8 minutes as per BCCI playing condition, he cannot bowl or bat until he remains on the field of play for that much period. Here he can participate in any capacity, there is no penalty required to enforce. He can straightaway field and can bowl. If he is absent for more than 8 minutes, he cannot bat until his side bats for the time for he was absent, or until 5 wickets fall, whichever is earlier. But this is not applicable to a fielder who is absent for serious external injury or for the reasons acceptable to umpires.

(2) The delivery is a fair and legal one. The landing of the front foot is important rather than it slides after the delivery. The law is clear on this, some part of the front foot must be behind the popping crease at the time of landing. So placement is important at the time of delivery.

Hope this will clear your doubts. Thanks for your questions. Your questions are always welcome and I would love them to answer.

With bet wishes,

Suhas Sapre (Baroda 15/05/2013)  


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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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