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Hi Sir, Swapnil again here for your guidance.......

Sir, as you know that I have a great interest in the field of cricket umpiring, I have to do something different in my career for umpiring. As you once told me that Gujarat Cricket Association is conducting coaching classes for new umpires under the guidance of Mr. Amish Saheba Sir, I registered for the coaching. They are conducting the classes from 2 - 6 October in Ahmadabad. But unfortunately, my engineering practical exam dates are clashing. At this moment, I am not getting the right coaching in Pune.  

One friend of mine from Mumbai Cricket Association, told me that Level 0 exams were conducted in late August, and on 25 September the results were declared and the practical exams are going to conduct on 5 and 6 October on Wankhede Stadium immediately. Sir, we both have started umpiring in local matches at the same time and he got the chance to prove himself within 2 - 3 months. If I go through Maharashtra Cricket Association here in Pune, then nearly 2 - 3 years will take place to match with him.. Sir, I am not comparing myself with him, but it's the issue of different associations planning.

Right now, the working of PDCA and Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA ) for helping new umpires is very very dull.. There are many friends of mine in PDCA and MCA who have passed their LEVEL 0 exam last 5 - 6 years ago. Still they are at the same struggling level. Even practical exam after LEVEL 0 has not been conducted for them till date.

Sir, one personal guidance is required for my career selection. Sir, my parents are planning to buy a home in Navi Mumbai ( Sanpada ) for my cricket umpiring career. After completing my Computer Engineering ( BE ) studies in next 6 to 8 months, I wanted to shift from Pune to Mumbai for cricket. Sir, will it be fine to shift to Mumbai for cricket, so that a proper coaching and full time umpiring will be possible keeping my career in mind as the goal ?

Sir, please assume that I am your son and you have to decide what decision should be taken for the young umpire which will last for entire his career and his life...  

Sir, can you please help me to guide through this situation... Sir, I am waiting for your reply...
Thank You Sir,

Swapnil Awekar, Pune.
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Dear Swapnil,

I read the contents and would like to advise as under.

Its a great idea to m/ake a career in cricket Umpiring and that will keep you all time in touch with cricket. I hope you must have played some level of cricket. You must have developed your cricketing skill along with playing. Playing cricket and officiating a match are two different things. Umpiring is a vast area and need a great determination and you should be devoted to this assignment.

Mumbai is a much better place for learning and gaining umpiring knowledge. Mumbai has got lot of talents and they have very nice system to upgrade the new young umpires. There are lot of senior umpires who organize regular classes during July-August, under the banner of Mumbai Cricket Association. There are lot of cricket tournaments and you may get better exposure to a very competitive cricket. Once you attend classes and appear and clear the Mumbai cricket association, you get more wightage and you can easily reach some good level of umpiring. People in Mumbai, too are different and may or may not guide you properly, unless you have better rapport with some senior umpires. Looking at the increasing number of candidates, there seems to be more competition in Mumbai, whereas in Maharashtra you may not face this problem to clear this hurdles. Maharashtra Cricket Association has less number of candidates than Mumbai. So you can leave your head quarter for certain reasons but still you need to be a member of Maharashtra C A.

Moreover, you must develop good relation with local people and you should be low profile and not out spoken. Get on with the things as they come but you should avoid becoming over smart in this field.

You need not come to Ahmedabad rather than concentrating on your studies. Career should be given top priority and not hobby. You can develop your hobby of umpiring and then try to convert it into profession. Becoming umpire needs lot of courage, sound health, standing long hours in sun and needs lot of dedication and concentration.

At present I have this much to offer and now the ball is in your court to decide.

Whatever decision you take, I am sure it will be a good one.

With regards and best wishes,

Suhas Sapre (Baroda 29/09/2014)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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