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QUESTION: Hi Sir, here Swapnil again......

Sir, I got information about Gujarat Cricket Association Umpire's Institute, Ahmadabad from your one of the answers.... I searched and read all the information about the way they conduct seminars for fresher's.

Sir, I am willing to join to join the seminars, and will join the course for 15 days or a month or so.. But I didn't found the dates of the next seminars... Once I called the GCA Office but, no response was there at all....

If I got the chance to join the seminar there, I will definitely join it with no hesitation. But some doubts are there... They are as follows:
       a. What will I gain after attending the seminar about Umpiring in the professional life..?
       b. What will be the difference in my curriculum vitae after seminars.?
       c. Why should I attend such seminars..?   
       d. Will my Maharashtra Cricket Association will give me permission to join such courses?

Sir, will you please let me know some of the members whom will I personally contact or email them to get more details about the seminar? And some tips that I should be prepared before attending such seminars....

Thank You Sir,

ANSWER: Dear Swapnil,

Thanks for your series of queries and that you would like to know the benefits after attending seminar and becoming an umpire.

Just think yourself when you were brought up by your parents and whatever path of education you have had selected, you just would have thought of positive results out of it. But you never know the results without sawing the seeds. These all are additional achievement you may come across in life. But when one takes up playing cricket, he would never have thought that he would become Sachin Tendulkar, but other than that you still learn and gain lot of things out of it. I always believe in personal career first and anything afterwards. So be safe on your personal career, which will give you all luxuries in life, besides winning bread and butter for you.  It is said in GEETA (By Lord Krishna) Karam kiyeja, Fal ki Iccha mat kar ae Insaan, Jaise karam karega vaise fal dega Bhagwan". So never think of fruits rather than putting efforts in your achievements and try to think positive always. Negative thoughts may mar your career, so always take up any thing with positive thoughts. But efforts must be in train to reach the goal.

So, just go ahead with positive ideas and attend the seminar, which will help you to share lot of ideas and interpretations of the laws with hundreds of different minds. Seminar will help you to acquire lot of umpiring skill and you will come across lot of new people with whom you will happen to share your thoughts in future. Playing cricket is not to become Sachin, doing Umpiring is not to become professional umpire for bread and butter, but it will gain you lot of things in life. Playing cricket is not enough to stand as an Umpire, it is your love and passion of the game, that is required to turn your hobby into profession. If you finish playing cricket at national level, you will end your career in cricket there only. but if you like to stay in the game of cricket, it is only umpiring that will keep you with the game and you will enjoy the game very closely. This is the only game in which umpire enjoys so closely, watching greatest of cricketers, playing in front of you.

I hope you got all your answers and you will decide accordingly. So just decide yourself what to do and what are your physical abilities. So whatever you do don't think of results. Mostly you can take the guidance of best of your personal known astrologer.

With best wishes,

Suhas Sapre (Baroda 18/05/2014)

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QUESTION: Its fixed from my side to join the Gujarat Cricket Association.

Sir, will you please let me know any member of GCA whom will I personally contact or email them to get more details about the seminars and dates?

Please Sir......

Thank You...

Dear Swapnil,

Thanks for your query, you can contact our International Cricket umpire from Gujarat Cricket Association for further inquiry. He is Mr. Amish Saheba and his personal cell no is.

9825555012. You can give my reference as we are in the same institute (SBI).

Hope he will help you for further guidance. Thanks

Suhas Sapre (Baroda 01/06/2014)


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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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