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Dear Sir,

I am Sandeep Sharma from Bangalore aged 35 Years, playing cricket from the age of 5. I was very much eager to play Cricket for our Country but circumstances didn't help. Presently, I am working for a private firm as a Civil Engineer and am playing for the Company's team.  

Now I am attracted to do Umpiring and did umpiring for the local matches played internally in our Company matches at Bangalore. I am keen to become Umpire now and I have purchased and studying Tom Smith's "Cricket Umpiring and Scoring" and I am thinking to take up Exams as well.

I have enquired Umpiring Association in Bangalore to take membership from them so that it would help me in enhancing skills in Umpiring, unfortunately they aren't responding. Enquired Karnataka State Cricket Association board when exams would be conducted but to no avail they are not responding properly. I am struggling to get details, so thought of asking you.

Could you please let me know which other states would be conducting exams so that I can take up and write. Please let me know on BCCI level 1 exams as well as I am not getting details even after exploring internet several times.

Kindly guide on this regard please. Kindly revert.

Regards

Sandeep Sharma

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Dear Sandeep,

I have come to understand that BCCI level 1 exam is going to be held shortly at the BCCI's affiliated associations across India, but somehow the exam is yet not conducted and delayed for the reasons known to them. But it is going to be held shortly.

You are working in Pvt company at Bangalore and I want you to contact the nearest association with written application. It is very much required of you to register your name with the nearest association and as soon as they receive the dates from BCCI, they will inform all the registered umpires. You can send them a registered post for acknowledgement of receipt.

The local association, too conducts a local seminar for new candidates to educate them towards the preparation of BCCI level 1 exam. It is the foremost duty of that association's umpiring committee to see that they should educate new umpires before the said level 1 exam.

So get your name registered with the local association, and start preparation. You can write to couple of associations around your place. Start your preparation. Read and follow the laws of cricket. Get in touch with the local senior umpire who is known to you and can help you. You need to develop good writing practice, good communication skill in English, need to interpret the laws.

Moreover and important thing is that you are 35 and need to work hard and pass the exam at the very first attempt as you will run out of the age for God knows when the next opportunity comes in your way. So get well prepared and see that you get though the first attempt.

With best wishes,

Suhas Sapre
Baroda 19/04/2016  

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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.

Publications
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.

Education/Credentials
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.

Awards and Honors
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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