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BCCI’s 90 per cent cut-off in Level-II umpire examination leaves aspirants in despair

The candidates who have scored 90 or more in the written examination have been asked to report in Nagpur on September 17 for the viva voce and practical exam.

cricket Updated: Aug 26, 2018 20:21 IST
Baidurjo Bhose
Baidurjo Bhose
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Out of the 186 candidates who appeared for the theory paper of the Level-II umpires examination conducted by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on June 17 and August 5, only 39 have managed to qualify for the viva voce and practical exam that will be held on September 18 and 19 in Nagpur. With a cut-off mark of 90 (out of 100), the remaining 147 couldn’t manage to qualify for the next two rounds.

In a mail sent by GM Cricket Operations Saba Karim, accessed by Hindustan Times, the candidates who have scored 90 or more have been asked to report in Nagpur on September 17. They will also be given local conveyance of Rs600 and DA of Rs750 per day for one before and one day after the course.

The cut-off of 90 per cent has seen applicants requesting the BCCI to reconsider the mark as they feel that umpiring is not just about written exams and there is a need for practical knowledge in the subject. In a mail sent to the CoA and other BCCI officials, one of the aspirants requested for the board to be a little more lenient in their approach.

“Please consider the qualifying marks and give opportunities to students who secured 80 per cent and above. 80 per cent is a benchmark in any examination in India. Umpiring is not such a job where extraordinary students are necessary. Umpiring is an on field task where an overall package of an individual is required,” he wrote.

He also requested the board to check with those applicants who are already associated with the BCCI as scorer or video analyst or in any other capacity on whether they wish to continue with their current positions or appear for the next stages of the umpiring test. This he believes would help those only appearing for the umpiring exams.

“There are also umpires who are associated with the BCCI as scorers or video analysts or in some other form. Before appearing for the oral exams, they can be asked to leave their current position and then appear in the examination. This will give other candidate/s from the same state who have also secured 80 per cent and above an opportunity,” he wrote.

Explaining the situation, Saba Karim said that the cut-off is decided by the umpires committee and that is not his domain. “See, that is not done by me. It is the umpires committee which decides on the cut-off. My job is to make the process transparent. As of now we are not looking into reworking the cut-off,” he told Hindustan Times.

First Published: Aug 26, 2018 19:16 IST