21 candidates, made up of former national players as well as school teachers, have taken part in the latest MCA Level I Umpiring Course. The equivalent of an ACC Level 0, the program is intended to further familiarize the emerging umpires with field craft and the Laws of Cricket. “This annual program is set up to bring new umpires through to state level from school level,” says Instructor Ramani Batumalai.

The secondary school teachers from Kedah, Kuala Lumpur, Negeri Sembilan, Perak, Penang and Sarawak were sent to the course by the Malaysian Cricket Association state affiliates. The course is aimed at creating a pathway for umpire development in Malaysia. Successful candidates at this MCA Level I (those who scored more than 70% in the written exam) will stand in further school and U-15 cricket matches before a successful passage through an MCA Level II Umpiring Course (the equivalent of an ACC Level I), will allow the best to “be paired with senior umpires at club and youth games,” says Ramani who himself often stands at ACC and ICC events and is also a former school teacher himself.

“As a follow-up to the course,” says Ramani, “I will be sending the candidates umpiring modules (developed by the ACC’s Bomi Jamula) on 'The Picture of the Game', and 'Focusing on the Game' which are very useful."

Level I Umpires Get a Step Up in Nepal

Filed March 19th, 2014