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Hi Sir, this is Swapnil from Pune...
Sir told me to give exams from Maharashtra Cricket Association, Pune. I gave that exam last 5 months ago. But unfortunately I didn't cleared that exam. I got 27 marks out of 100, which are too low. But I got the nice experience about the paper pattern and the strength of the exams. I have started working for the exams again and revising the laws regularly...
Sir, I want to ask for the way to study that laws... How should I work and plan my studies for the laws..??
Sir, I have started umpiring from the Pune District Cricket Association and umpired in 4 matches around Pune. My parents are also very supportive and gives me backing to proceed in this field and make a career as a International Umpire. A great guidance from International Cricket Umpire Vineet Kulkarni is helping me a lot for the progress.
Sir, I want to ask you one personal question... As I am living in Pune I am connected with Maharashtra Cricket Association. But later onwards, if required, I can move to some other associations too. We are planning to buy a house in Mumbai or Navi Mumbai.... So from Mumbai Cricket Association I can do umpiring too. Sir, will it be ok to join Mumbai Cricket Association or just remain in Maharashtra Cricket Association.
As a career and a future decision, which association will be OK to for me to work with.. I am very eager to join Mumbai Cricket Association and one colleague from Mumbai Office, Mr. Sonalkar, is guiding me from there. So, I want some suggestions from you to work as a umpire from Pune or Mumbai.
Even please tell me the advantages and disadvantages of working from both of the associations. Your suggestions will be very helpful for me to decide my future way.....
Sir, I am getting confused in studying Duckworth Lewis Rule. Sir please explain me with examples....
I am eagerly waiting for your answer and will again communicate for further queries.
Thank You Sir.

Swapnil Awekar, Pune


Dear Swapnil,

Don't get upuset with the result you achived which was negative. But to dream about something be positive and work hard success will come to your feet.

Just listen to me, I had twice appeared and failed at State level exams as Mumbai, but on my third attempt I cleared the exam and stood second in about 100 candidates. So just be positive and work hard with passion and love for the game of cricket.

Regarding your shifting to either Pune or Mumbai does not matter. Its competition you have to face every where, but in Mumbai you will have to wait a bit longer for getting a chance in appearing for the BCCI Level-1 exam. But it all depends on your personal career. You can choose either of the center depending on your personal career. So just go about it and wait for a good opportunity to come in you way.

Duck worth Lewis is not a course to learn but it is a formula only thereby run the formula put the required answer and you will get the result. But manually you have to practice it from the given table on the MCC site. Its a bit tedious and need to have ready formula to work on  it.

Hope you will follow the instructions accordingly and will decide fairly.

With best wishes,

Suhas Sapre (Baroda 18/05/2014)


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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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