Aspiring Level 0 umpires

The Singapore Cricket Association (SCA) has conducted a Level 0 Course for aspiring new umpires. 27 participants attended the course which was conducted by Singaporean umpires Sarika Prasad, M.V. Ramesh and Mithilesh Mishra.

This is the first course conducted after Sarika Prasad and Mithilesh Mishra attended the ‘ACC Train the Umpires Trainer’ course in Malaysia earlier this year. A similar Level 0 course held in Singapore last year had 25 participants. The aim is to start the umpires on a pathway which will see them officiating in domestic cricket and then Associate and Affiliate international cricket should that be their wish.

After this Level 0 Course the total number of umpires in Singapore will be over 80. With close to 1200 fixtures a year in the SCA league, the need for quality officials is paramount. SCA’s cricket calendar runs for nine months of the year and there are more than 90 teams playing in club, corporate, institution leagues with more in school cricket.

On conclusion of this course Sarika Prasad said, “I have been running these courses since 2003 and this was another successful one. We take the participants through the MCC laws as well as local and ICC Playing Conditions. On the last day we do a short practical and then it’s onto the exams. Most of them did very well and the growing number of umpires in the SCA panel bodes well, with the steep growth of cricket in Singapore.”

Among the non-Test playing Asian nations, Singapore has the most Level II umpires, second only to Nepal. Ten ACC-certified Level II umpires officiate in the SCA League. Sarika Prasad is a member of the ICC Associates & Affiliates Umpiring Panel and with M.V. Ramesh has stood in the Final of many ACC events. Both have been nominated by the ACC to the panel at the forthcoming Asian Games in Guangzhou.

Sarika Prasad
“To be selected to umpire in the Asian Games is a great honour for me because it is the first time cricket is being played in the Asian Games. It is a prestigious tournament and I’m looking forward to it,” said Mr. Prasad. “I have been lucky to have achieved a lot as an umpire, it is my duty to give something back to the system and help create more.”

Singapore Cricket Association

Filed May 25th, 2010