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QUESTION: Respected sir,

Hope you have enjoyed arrival of ganesha yesterday.

I have few questions
1) for which injury you will provide runner to a batsman ?
2) how can batsman at wicket appeal for bad light ?

Mayur wankhade

ANSWER: Dear Mayur,

Thanks for your questions.

As far as runners are concerned the Law is now amended and no runner is allowed in any kind of tournament henceforth.

Batsman too cannot appeal against bad light, as umpires are now the only final judges to decide with the given electronic device, regarding bad light. Only umpires will decide and offer bad light to the batsmen. If they continue, and still further if both umpires find the condition is so bad that it would cause any serious injury to players, will stop the match on their own.

Hope you are aware about this, but I do not understand why you have come out with the questions which are recently amended and scrapped from the Laws.

With best wishes,

Suhas Sapre (Baroda 14/09/2013)

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QUESTION: Respected sir,

You rightly guessed that I am aware of these amendments. I just asked these questions because these are still asked in local exams. Questioner expected following answers.
1) for external blow since the nomination
2) batsmen at wicket can request regarding bad light but umpires will be sole judges to decide on it.

I would like to confirm these answers with you. Ofcorse we both are aware of these related laws.
But my intention to ask u these questions was with respect to exams. As such questions.

I have also forwarded you copy of 5th edition of laws. Provision for runner is still there with some amendments in law 2.8.


ANSWER: Dear Mayur,

Your answers are correct and regarding these Laws, the local association should be clear on such related rules, whether such questions should be answered according to the latest amendment or not. Since local tournaments go with the BCCI playing conditions, why should they ask such questions which are not related to present amended Laws.

I received the 5th edition of laws, but rule regarding Runner is yet not fully discarded just because it has got place for certain opinions from across the world and only then and then they can make the final amendment in the Law book.

As per the old rules, the batsmen at the crease will decide and may appeal-against bad light and if both the umpires are not satisfied then only  they will refuse and play will continue, second appeal only may be upheld only if the conditions deteriorates further only then umpires will uphold the appeal.

Hope you enjoyed Lord Ganesh utsave and celebration with all gaiety. May Lord Ganesha showers His blessing to your success.


Suhas Sapre (Baroda 18/09/2013)

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QUESTION: Respected Sir,

Yes , i have enjoyed Ganesh Festival here at Pune. Its been amazing experience since last 5-6 years enjoying Ganesh festival. i am staying here at pune since last 6 years and enjoying puneri culture and weather. People are also nice and helping here :) I am enjoying my both the professions i.e umpiring and software profession. As you said , I hope Lord will shower his blessing in my umpiring career as i progress and he will must if i am doing sincere and honest work.

Thanks for your regular basis answers and discussions with me. It means lot for me. I will definitely pay you back one day for it , please trust :)

Mayur Wankhade.

Hi Mayur,

Thanks and lot could be learnt by exchanging lot of things. The more you share the more your knowledge increases. I believe in sharing and try to learn from others too. So thanks for nice words. When you achieve your goal I will be paid everything by you. Its great and I love you to progress and reach your goal

With best wishes,

Suhas Sapre (Baroda 22/09/2013)


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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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