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Hi sir,
I am just 19 doing  engineering in civil in an well autonomous and government institute,now in a 2nd year.Sir i am playing professional cricket since when i am 10 yr old but there are not much more achievements with me.I was playing school level matches.Recently i had played MCA U19 tournaments and playing federation matches in a national level.Now i am part of my college team for zonal tournaments.I want to become a cricketer but it is not  much possible with doing an engineering so to link with cricket i have decided to prepare for a umpiring exams to become an good high level cricket umpire.Also i give my 100% to my cricket career if it is.
   Sir i had not any knowledge about this umpiring exams and also not known what is the exact age criteria for this.
   So do some help to me and may also give me some advice about my future that what should i do.
   Thank u sir."

Dear Akshay,

Hi, very good morning.

After reading the contents of your question, I can understand your frustration or impatient. I would tell you that you are just 19, and why should not continue to play and perform, may any day your performance get enhanced with hard and constant practice at the nets. Never think negative. Negative thoughts will always lead to towards failure. So you must play and enjoy your cricketing days. Learn umpiring while playing cricket, this is one of the best course to learn umpiring. I feel you should continue to play till 25 years of age and just work hard with all passion and dedication. Always grab the opportunity to play as many matches as you can, and remember you are playing to perform not to enjoy only. You must learn to enjoy the game with better performances. If you are a batsman, you must perform and score runs and maintain consistency so that your graph of confidence goes up and up and never let it down by negative thoughts. I am sure you must have talent, as you said you have had represented at national level, so why not concentrate and work hard for few more years to achieve the goal.

About umpiring, the minimum age criteria is 25 and the maximum is 45. So I personally feel that you may read and learn cricketing Laws during your playing days. If you don't have any books you can down load from website or you can purchase a Bible of Cricket Law Book, i.e. TOM SMITH'S CRICKET UMPIRING AND SCORING", from Mr. Theo Bregenza, Marine Sports, 9-A, Gokhale Road, Dadar Mumbai. If you order the book, you will get the copy of that by VPP. The book will cost you around Rs. 1000/-, you can also order a small pocket book, too along with that.

So have patience, enjoy your cricketing days, read and understand interpretations of the Laws. Keep reading all the Laws as many times as you can, underline important points. And I am here to take care of your any umpiring questions for the preparation of your exam when you become eligible.

Hope this will help you a lot and I am sure you will follow my advice and will play and enjoy the game of cricket positively.

With best wishes,

Suhas Sapre (Baroda 8/7/2013)


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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.


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.

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.

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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