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QUESTION: Respected Sir,

Some times it becomes difficult for your bowler's end umpire partner to collect some of the facts happen with ball after it is delivered.
As a striker's end umpire how would you help your colleague in efficient and fluent way so that no one can notice and your job is done?

There are many things for which the Strikers end umpire is in better position to provide the facts.

Another question,
Sometimes it becomes difficult standing as bowler's end umpire when you expect your partner will provide certain facts and he was even not aware of these helping services. How to adjust ourselves as bowler's end umpire  in such situations?

waiting for your valuable words.

Mayur Wankhade

ANSWER: Dear Mayur,

Oh great of you to ask a very practical question, where most of the umpires don't get the support from their colleagues. I feel personally, to be on the safer side and to be the best umpire, One must rely on his own. The opening batsman, when they are playing first time as a pair, they find it difficult with their understanding, and a few pair of openers get used to each other with their understanding. Likewise, in umpiring there must be good understanding between them to follow each other and must have confidence in each other's performance. It is difficult to cope up with the new partner, with understanding.

I always feel and have experienced, that the Striker's end umpire is always heavily loaded with more duties to perform and still he is in a better position to support his colleague. I need not mention his duties here but how and where he can support his colleague is very important. You can only expect him to offer helps, such as when the ball whether has touched the bat or person of the striker, whether its a leg bye or not all these striker's end umpire can indicate to his colleague. When there is an appeal of LBW, whether the striker has got an edge, whether the striker is standing too far from the popping crease, whether the the ball would have missed the height of the striker or not, so you can expect all such help from your colleague as a bowler's end umpire.

But always remember, although you are a team, like openers, each one will try to play a better innings for his career, each umpire must work and perform like a player for his career. Man is himself is a selfish animal, and he will always try to put better performance at least for his own career. So I feel good umpires are those, who work hard and concentrate on the game with all 100%, and must help to his colleague. I have never been biased to my colleague during my umpiring career, even a new colleague is doing his first match, I will try to give him the best rapport all the time. If we help others and take care of others, Almighty is always there to help us. So you are being  a good umpire and promising one to reach ICC level, I advise you to help all the umpires. I am sure all other umpires will form good opinion about you and that will help you in your career. So go ahead with good acts not only on the field of play but also off the field of play. And always perform with full concentration on the game, and don't allow a thought to enter in mind, which may lead to a mistake in the game, that may turn the table for either side. Remember umpire can make the game or ruin the game.

I positively feel that you must work and do the job accordingly and I like to see you in the ICC panel with your honest job. I used to ask questions to Indian test umpires during earlier days, through hand written letters, and used to get replies from them. Umpires like A M Mamsa (He is no more now), Pilloo Reporter, and a few others. Mr. Mamasa was a great interpreter of the Law, and had a very good command over English language. His hand written post cards are still with me like treasure, and also of one of the legend of Indian Cricketers late Shri Vijay Merchant, Ajit Wadekar and Sunil Gavaskar.

Hope you will like my comments. With best wishes,

Suhas Sapre (Baroda 8/7/2013)

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QUESTION: Respected Sir,

What can i expect more from you after such a wonderful and valuable experienced words of yours'. I feel myself lucky that i am getting valuable knowledge from you. Not only me but other folks also getting wonderful knowledge base from you. Your such a long experience is getting counted now for your students.
 i will always try my best to perform up the mark and will take care that your each and every word will get implemented on the field of play.
 One can learn only with asking more questions and clearing the concepts , one can learn by doing mistakes on the field and then getting corrected with the senior official.
doing more no of matches and having quick summery of those will be helpful to minimize the mistakes going to occur in the next.
I started keeping my record regarding skill sets require to become best professional umpire. I am sending that document(.xls sheet) on your personal yahoo mail id . Kindly go through it. You can also update the sheet with your reviews and comments on the same and send it back to can also add any skill sets in that sheet if i am missing any. Please dont forget to go through it once .your comments and reviews will help me a lot.

Mayur Wankhade

Hi Mayur,

Thanks for your words of appreciation and praise for me. I am sure your learning process by asking more questions and clearing your doubts, will help you to achieve your goal in life. Again thanks for the same. I have received your personal mail. I will go through it and will give my comments as soon as possible.

With regards,

Suhas Sapre (Baroda 24/07/2013)


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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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