Bomi Jamula leading the Level I umpiring candidates through the course at Pulchowk

Such has been the success of the national team, the ubiquity of Nepal’s umpires at ACC and ICC events and the prominence of Buddhi Pradhan on the ICC Associate and Affiliate Panel of Umpires, it has been perhaps easy to overlook the need to assess emerging umpires in Nepal. That oversight has been rectified with an ACC Level I Umpiring Course, the first to be held in the country since 2004.

The five day program, fighting the fog and damp of Kathmandu at times, took in interactive workshops with videos and PowerPoint presentations, outdoor practicals as well as an examination at its close. ACC Umpiring Resource Person Bomi Jamula, who was assisted in the course by Buddhi Pradhan, Vinay Kumar Jha and Sameer Khan, says, “the first day started by inviting the participants to think and list what makes a great umpire. The candidates were given an insight why the particular law was made and its relevance as well as interpretation. During field craft the candidates were demonstrated on various practical umpiring techniques like taking position, stance, giving guard, answering appeals, crease markings, wicket is down, etc.”

“The participation generally was of high level with a lot of questions being raised. The participants were encouraged to find the answer to their query themselves by guiding them back to the relevant law,” adds the Indian eminence, who first umpired a first-class match in 1982 before going on to stand in ODIs.

34 Nepali umpires attended the Level I course, with one Korean Umpire as preparation for South Korea’s participation in the 2014 Asian Games. “Some of the umpires have a good potential to move up the ladder,” says Bomi who, affirmed the need to hold Level I courses in Nepal more frequently, “with Nepal having a high level of cricket structure it would be nice if such a course is held biannually.”

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Filed March 18th, 2014