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Hi Suhas,

I am located in Bangalore and I am very much interested in Umpiring and I am 24 years old so can u help me in my quarry's.
1. where will I get umpiring Exam dates
2. where should I approach to become one of the member in umpire panel
3. And which of the cricket association where I can register myself with in Bangalore or Karnataka


Thanks and regards
Siddharth

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Dear SIddharth,

You are just 24, why don't you continue to play cricket. Enjoy playing cricket, make your personal career with your educational qualification. Adopt umpiring as your hobby, later on you can decide whether to continue with the hobby and convert your hobby into profession. This is a very tough job and you need lot of practice and knowledge about the game and its rules. Playing and umpiring together will help you lot. You can become a good umpire as you are very young, and try to develop your passion about the game, which will take you through your dream. Playing cricket has limit upto certain age and then you will have no further attachment with the game, whereas umpire will keep you with the game all through your future years and will help you to get to know the game from very close.

You just need to approach your local cricket association, may be Karnataka Cricket Association, under the jurisdiction of Bangalore, or you can contact nearby District cricket association affiliated to your State cricket association. Register your name and start getting junior tournaments initially. Also stand in the nets as an  umpire, do some practice matches of boys and get used to the job of umpiring. So you will get good feel of umpiring, thereby you will start your career.

You are just 24 years old, and if you take up the job seriously you can have a bright future. So just purchase some Law books of Cricket Umpiring & Scoring from your local sports boutique shop. Read and understand 42  Laws using the 43rd Law of Common Sense. Rest I will guide you from this site. You are most welcome for any questions related to umpiring. Read, understand and note down any questions, and get back to me soon.

With best wishes.

Suhas Sapre
Baroda 23/06/2016

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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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