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QUESTION: I am living in a small town and working in a electronic show room. My financial condition is poor but god gifted me a great spirit and that's fast bowling so I wanna do something for my indian cricket team by my power of bowling
But I don't know how I can reach at that level.
I didn't checked my bowling speed but I can guess that I am bowl at 100 miles per hour.
Please guide me if you can

ANSWER: Dear Muzaffar,

You have not mentioned anything about you. I shall be glad if you get back to me with the following information. You belong to which place, your age, what level of cricket you have played, etc. to enable me to guide your properly.

Please...


Suhas Sapre

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QUESTION: I am from viramgam, Ahmedabad
I am 25 years old
I have played with tennis bowl only
I never played at any level of  first class cricket
I regularly played with my friends. In my village
Last time I applied for Gujarat amateur cricket foundation
They selected me but they were asking for 7500 Inr so I ignored.
But I have seen ipl cricket matches their are many  weak bowlers than me.
So I disided that I will be there any how
That's why I need your guidance.
So plz guide me as fast as possible
Thanks

ANSWER: Dear Muzzaffar,

Some 15 years back, one unknown cricketer was introduced to Kiran More former Wicket keeper by Mahendi Shaikh, coach of Pathan brothers, at the Baroda Cricket Association Office, I was just sitting in front of Kiran More. The boy who was introduced to Kiran More had no shoes and had come wearing slippers. He was introduced as a fast bowler and hardly played any cricket then. Kiran More instructed Mr Shaikh to give him shoes free of cost from his shop and bring him to the ground. He was none but Muraf Patel, the Indian Test player.

So if you are really  genuine you can go and introduce yourself to any nearby club and impress with your talent at the nets, if found talented, you might get a chance to play for his club. I am not sure which clubs are available at Ahmedabad. But you can join one nearest to your place.

Try your luck and if you are selected you can represent that club otherwise you can later on take up cricket umpiring.

With best wishes,

Suhas Sapre
Baroda

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QUESTION: Thanks for showing me the way of goal
I had sent email to the Gujarat cricket association
The honour secretary  replied me to  CONTACT. Baroda cricket association
They mentioned that my village coming under baroda cricket association
Is that correct?

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Dear Muzzaffar,

I am not sure whether Viramgam comes under Baroda's jurisdiction. I know the place Mehsana comes under Baroda's jurisdiction. So confirm it should come under Gujarat Cricket Association. If it is close to Mehsana you can contact Mr Rohit More with my reference, he will do help you.

Thanks for giving me good rating.

With best wishes,

Suhas Sapre
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.

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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.

Organizations
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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