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I am 44 guy from Delhi and had played a lot of cricket and having good knowledge of cricket rules and laws. Sir can i become an umpire if yes how is it possible, please let me know.

Thanking you

Ajay Kumar

Dear Ajay,

You have decided a bit too late to  take up umpiring career. In fact still you can be a local umpire and can serve your local cricket association.

There are certain limitations and age criteria to decide on certain career. As far as cricket is concerned its a game of character of fitness and passion. One can develop a hobby during one's schooling and college career. Before you come out with an educational qualification, you must have some hobby developed and which can be turned into professional one. If anybody wants to be a cricketer, it is better for one to start at a very young age, say when he is in the age of 7 & 10 years. The more you start your career early, the more chances of your success in getting into the choice of your field.

As for umpires, there is an age criteria which will not allow you to become a BCCI panel umpire, because the age criteria is 40 for BCCI level 1 exam and 45 years for level 2 exam. One must appear and pass the Level 1 exam before he crosses the age of 40.

But if you have really love and passion for cricket and have played cricket and like to serve your association, you can still become a local umpire by registering your name with the association. Still you can serve the association for next 10 to 15 years, depending upon your physical fitness. You can join any local seminar and learn umpiring from senior umpires. I am here to help you solve your umpiring related problems. If your physic is sound enough, you can start local umpiring. You can purchase Books on Cricket Laws and can read and understand the Laws.

Hope you will decide what is best suitable for your present scenario of the career. It will provide you bread and butter but its a very tough and challenging task. As you are 44 years old, you must have settled down with your career.

One idea came to me that you can have a chance of becoming a coach, video analyst,for which you can contact your association, which will help you to appear in the BCCI exams. Just contact your association. You can also provide services to any nearby club or you can also start your  own cricket academy in the outskirts by getting some sponsors around your town. Now it is upto you to decide on the choice.

All the best,

Suhas Sapre


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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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