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Sir,I am from Madurai,TamilNadu..My age is 20 now.I have lot of passion for cricket..My dream is to be a cricketer.But due to some family issues,i drop that plan.But still i want to be a part of cricket in my life.Life without cricket is a waste.So i decided to be an umpire.So please answer my following questions.
 1)What is the age criteria for writing the umpire exam??
 2)When will the umpire exam be conducted??
 3)How many years does it take to become an international umpire??
 4)Can i do this as a full time job??
 5)What will be the salary??(Basically,i don't need this..but my family wants)
 6)Will there be a discrimination in choosing the candidates??
        please answer these questions one by one quickly....Thank you...

Dear Suyambulingam,

Thanks for your question. But delay due to my hectic schedule and commuting to my job place at 85 kmts. Well I will give you brief answers, as this has been repeatedly answered earlier.

1. As far as age is concerned there is no age limit for state panel exam for umpires. But Bcci has laid down age limit i.e. minimum eligible age is 25 for BCCI level-1 exam and maximum 40 years. While maximum age for BCCI level-II is 45.

2.  There is no information regarding BCCI exams, but the exam is very much for all centres and may be held this year.

3. It depends on individual capacity and practical experience of the candidate. Anybody who is an engineer can get through the theory but when doing a match, it is understood they are not good at practicals. So what is important is that you must start doing local matches and be eligible for exam, this will make you better umpire. If one enters the field at the age of 25 and gets through BCCI level-1 exam at first attempt, I think he can achieve a goal of becoming an ICC panel umpire in next 10 years, subject to his field performances and experience.

4. Mostly people take up umpiring just to fulfill their hobby but later on when they feel fit and fine for the job, they gradually convert hobby into passion and profession to become a leading national and ICC umpire

5. A normal cricket umpire earns from Rs. 1500/- to Rs. 15,000/- per day for local and BCCI matches, respectively. In ODI they are paid almost Rs. 1,00,000/- per match.

6. One can convert a full time job only after secured his place at the national / international level. You must earn the position with low profile and best performance. You must be non controversial. You must not involve in any political issue of the local cricket association, where elections are held and good people are always on target, when they involve from any one party. So just get on with the goal with low profile and just concentrate on learning process.

Hope my brief answer will satisfy your queries and you will follow certain ethics.

Good luck. Regards,

Suhas Sapre

Baroda (15/06/2014)


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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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