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QUESTION: Hello Sir,
I currently reside in Atlanta,USA. I was born in india where I played junior level Cricket in Academy at Dabhoi in 2003-2005. I migrated to U.S. When I was 10. I am currently 21 years of age(D.O.B 06/19/1993).I haven't had much formal Coaching since I moved here but  I have played as much cricket as I possibly could here in the U.S. while studying and working. My dad has given me permission to take time off from school and pursue my passion for Cricket. I have an OCI so I can stay in India as long as I wish. I am an All-rounder, Right Hand Bat and Right Arm off spin. I am very athletic in the field due to the fact that I played Competitive Varsity Baseball and I enjoy fielding as much as I do bowling and batting. I would love to receive any consulting from you as to how I should approach this or whom should I contact.  I am planning to be in India in a couple of weeks, would love to get training setup now so I can start as soon as I get there. I have so much love and passion for the game that I want to give myself a chance to work hard, and see if I belong. Please Email me at   if you need any further information regarding anything.
         Thank you.

ANSWER: Dear Viraj,

Thanks for getting in touch with me and to learn something about playing cricket. You belong to Dabhoi, where I was commuting from Baroda for almost 13 months in 2002. You have played cricket and have passion for cricket. I have some good news to disclose for you, and you have approached me at the right time.

Baroda Cricket Association has recently started two different regular coaching academy at College ground in Dabhoi and the other at Mota Fafadia Village, nearby Dabhoi under the cricket development project. When you are arriving in India you will find something new for your passion. So come down to Dabhoi and you will join any of the two above mentioned academy to fulfill your dream of playing some competitive cricket. I do hope you will enjoy and join the academy.

Its very nice that you are a talented player and athletic fielder. You have the right age to grab this opportunity to play good cricket matches in Baroda, and if you perform consistently in local matches, you have every chance to play for Baroda in national tournaments. But you need to represent any of the local club or any club of above mentioned academy to participate in Baroda's local cricket tournaments.

Recently US cricket teams under different age categories visited India and particularly in Gujarat and played a few friendly matches. They played a couple of matches in Baroda, too. I would have loved to join in development of cricket in US, if I get any opportunity in future.

So just go ahead enjoy your game with all love and passion and put all your efforts to come up and fulfill your dream.

With best wishes,  

Suhas Sapre (Baroda 04/01/2015)

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QUESTION: Hello Sir,
Thank you for your response. I'm actually going to be staying in Baroda for a couple of months than I'm planning to go to Bonbay in April. I already have training setup in Bombay. I just had one additional question regarding my eligibility to play in the clubs in Baroda. Will I be eligible to play right away once I get there? I would love to setup a meeting with you once I reach there. Cheers!
         Thank you.

Dear Viraj,

Once you arrive in Dabhoi where you can contact new academy coach and you will get lot of information from the coach. You can join any club in Baroda, and you can get a chance to play for that club subject to your talent and performance. You will definitely get good exposure to play competitive cricket in Baroda.


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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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