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QUESTION: Hi there, this is Karthik Mudaliyar from Mumbai. I've just completed my graduation in BCOM (B&I) in 2015. I'm trying for jobs but not getting what i want.
Just wanted to know how to pursue a career as Cricket Statistician.. I know i may sound strange but yes this is because of my love for Cricket and I guess I'll be happy serving cricket as a statistician rather than doing a job in a field which I don't want to get into.
I'm 21 at the moment, I always loved how these stats come up in cricket and I always wanted to know how do they actually do it. I always followed Mohandas Menon sir on twitter to get some overview about the same. I hope you would help me fulfill my dream. I hope for an early reply from your side and get myself going towards my goal.

Thank you.

ANSWER: Dear Karthik,

Thanks for your question and that you want to take up the job of statistician. This is the toughest ever job and need lot of patience and hard work. You need to have hardware as well as software to compile all the figures. But its a vast subject as far as cricket is concerned. Lot of matches are being played, many more teams playing, and for that you need to work out from the beginning. Mohandas Menon sir is the perfect mentor who can guide you. Before you would become statistician you need to be a scorer so that it will help you to know how the statistics are taking place and how it can be put at one place under different heads.

I would tell you but BCCI need persons like you who can compile statistics and help to cover all the statistics, but it looks very tough. So just think twice, look for the opportunities, but don't overlook your personal career with this hobby. You can settle down with some job and can develop this hobby which you can convert into profession after settling down.

With best wishes,

Suhas Sapre
15/05/2016

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QUESTION: First of all thanks a lot for your answer.. You said i need to start as a scorer at first, so how do i begin with? Do i need to take some training or some courses if yes then which one? Yes yor are right i might have to take up some job at first and eventually take up this hobby as a profession.
I just need to know as to where do I start off with so as to take the necessary steps.

Thank you :)

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Dear Karthik,

You are in Mumbai and you can be in touch with Mumbai cricket association which caters regular classes for both umpires and scorers.You can visit the Wankhede stadium and can meet people in the Office thereby you will get to know all about classes and seminar for the scorer. You also need to have knowledge of cricketing field and cricketing Laws, you can ask for a pocket Cricket Law book from MCA.

Hope you will get good guidance and information from MCA

Regards,

Suhas Sapre
Baroda 04/06/2016

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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.

Experience

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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