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Hello sir,
My name is Gourav Sathe nd my age is 27.I want to take umpiring as a profession.From couple of weeks I am gng through ur blog nd gng through the question of my fellow friends.I am very much interested in taking umpiring as a profession.Basically I m from Karnataka but now shifted to Pune. Before registering to MCA I want to go through the rules book so I would be confident b4 entering into the stadium.I have bought the MCC rules book.I used to play cricket in junior levels.I had a few questions-
1* Is umpiring a good job as a long time profesional career option.
2* What should be the minimum eyesight to become a umpire.
3* I want to fully concentrate on d coming local level entrance exam so that I would qualify for the BCCI Level 1 exam.
4* Is it necessary to stand in local matches to qualify for the local assctn exam, I mean to say if I didnt get the opprtnty to do umpiring in local matches I can just stay outside nd watch the matches so tht I will clear the doubts nd can get that feeling and tht touch too to gain my confidence back.
5* As I am amateur gve me some valuable tips so that it can help me to give out d inner fear nd can gain my confidence back.
6* If psble plz let me know what are the hurdles that I can face initially. It might be a silly question to ask u bt it just came into my nd I wanted to ask it.
I will be gratfull to you if you clear my doubts.

Rgds
Gourav Sathe

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Dear Gourav,


Hi Gourav, thanks for series of questions, I would answer them in order,


1* Is umpiring a good job as a long time profesional career option.

It's a tough and challenging job. If you have played good amount of cricket, not necessary first class cricket, I am sure it will help you to understand the Laws a bit easily. You must have played a bit of cricket and you must have passion to take up umpiring. Standing in both scorching sun and coldest atmosphere.  You may progress step by step, and it will just make you realize.  

2* What should be the minimum eyesight to become a umpire.

Better eyesight with even spectacles will do. With specs you must possess good eye sight. There is no specific requirement of eye sight.

3* I want to fully concentrate on d coming local level entrance exam so that I would qualify for the BCCI Level 1 exam.

You just get your name registered with your local cricket association. You need to stand in local matches for at least couple of years before becoming eligible for BCCI level-1 exam. Read and understand all 42 Laws by using your personal Law-No. 43 i.e. Common Sense
It is how quickly you follow the Laws and apply them on the field of play is very much important. Read Tom Smith's Cricket Umpiring and Scoring, which is considered to be a Bible of Cricket Laws.You can purchase it from Marine Sports, Dadar Mumbai. The book will cost you Rs.1000/- only, but you must read and follow this Law Book. I am sure it will help you a lot.

4* Is it necessary to stand in local matches to qualify for the local assctn exam, I mean to say if I didnt get the opprtnty to do umpiring in local matches I can just stay outside nd watch the matches so tht I will clear the doubts nd can get that feeling and tht touch too to gain my confidence back.

you need to stand in friendly matches, school matches to start with. This will help you a lot. You must practice umpiring in nets, too, where boys practice. The more you stand in the nets, the more easy for you to give better decisions.


5* As I am amateur give me some valuable tips so that it can help me to give out  dinner fear nd can gain my confidence back.


1.   Have patience and great devotion to take up umpiring
2.   Learn the cricket laws and start doing low level local matches
3.   Enroll your name with your local association and if possible join the membership
4.   As long as you are available and whatever opportunity comes in your way, you utilize the best of time for umpiring in local matches.
5.   Be polite and keep yourself as low profile
6.   Try to get in touch with best of Sr. Umpires around your association
7.   Make any Sr. Umpire your Mentor (guru) to learn the primary lessons
8.   Keep only one mentor and have good understanding with him
9.   Read TOM SMITH’s Bible “Cricket Umpiring & Scoring “ latest edition which you can purchase from any sports boutiques or from Marine Sports, Mumbai
10.   Read, understand and interpret all the laws. Keep noting down points for conclusive decision
11.   Get the ‘catch’ word to understand the laws
12.   Be ready to stand for 6  to 8 hours in scorching sun or in cold
13.   Keep yourself fit for the job, physical fitness is as important as to a player
14.   Umpire needs lots of concentration and good thinking
15.   There are 42 laws you have to master but the most important is the Law No.43, and I.e., Common Sense
16.   One must have good command over English language to take up umpiring exam and to have better communication with the players
17.   Career always comes first and all such hobbies afterwards. See that you settle in your life and don’t treat umpiring as your bread and butter. But once you become a first class umpire then you can become professional umpire



6* If psble plz let me know what are the hurdles that I can face initially. It might be a silly question to ask u bt it just came into my nd I wanted to ask it.


No hurdles. Get on with the business as fast as you can. Dare to stand in matches and dare to give decision, which you feel ok. There is no need to keep any fear in mind, but you must gather good courage to stand in more matches. The more you officiate in matches, the more you will become bold.


Hope this is good enough. For any cricket umpiring questions,. you can get back to me any time for any questions.

With best wishes,


Suhas Sapre (Baroda 19/05/2013)
I will be gratfull to you if you clear my doubts.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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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