Kuwait has been the latest location for an ACC Umpiring Course, Bomi Jamula taking 19 aspiring officials through their stentorian paces at the end of May. The five-day course consisted of four days of indoor lectures followed by an on-field demonstration, the course ending with a ‘visual review’ session and written test. The course will enable the local umpires to attain further umpiring qualifications and open the pathway for them to officiate in ACC and ICC international events.

Bomi Jamula, a former international umpire from India and currently an ACC Umpiring Resource person was the Course Director and he was assisted by Kuwait’s senior umpire and ACC Umpires Educator Riaz Chaudhry. Opening the course, Kuwait Cricket Director General Asad Baig encouraged the participants to gain the maximum benefits from the course as “it is the first step towards a very exciting but challenging career.”

Bomi Jamula, 58, has been umpiring since his teens in Mumbai, passing the Mumbai State panel umpiring course in 1969. In 1981 became a Ranji Trophy umpire. He has officiated 150 BCCI matches and stood in five ODIs from 1990 to 1999. When not on ACC duty, the umpiring doyen is an Advisory Council member of the Umpires Academy in Nagpur where his expert services are utilized by the BCCI.

Kuwait has had a marked growth in cricket activity since receiving ICC Associate status in 2005. More matches mean more umpires being needed and at the closing ceremony Kuwait Cricket Director for Cricket Development Emad Al-Jassam expressed confidence “that the new entrants will bring success and laurels for Kuwait as the senior umpires have done”.

Pictures courtesy of Kuwait Cricket

Related: Kuwait Cricket Profile

Filed June 27th, 2012