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Umpire Shavir Tarapore set to retire after over two decades of service

Patience and passion are the keys to umpiring, believes the veteran official
Umpire Shavir Tarapore set to retire after over two decades of service

Shavir Tarapore, who has umpired in over 100 first-class matches, will be officiating in his last match when he stands in the Cooch Behar Trophy 2017-18 match between Himachal and Tripura at the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Cricket Stadium, Amtar. The former Karnataka cricketer took up umpiring in the 1991-92 season with the BCCI.

Speaking ahead of his last match, Tarapore told bcci.tv, “It hasn’t sunk in yet (that it is my last match as an umpire). I am just treating this game as just another game.”

Asked what is his biggest take away from the umpiring career, he said, “My umpiring career started off with a very small ambition, but then as I took more interest in it, I realised that if you work hard even in the field of umpiring you can make it to the top, which I did and of course I have to thank the BCCI and my association for that,” he added.

Discussing the highlight of his umpiring career he said, “Like a cricketer, even I grew as an umpire. I too started at the grass-root level - umpiring Under-16, Under-19 games and climbed the ladder slowly. It is great to see that many people who I have umpired for are today the legends of the game. In fact, I have been very lucky to officiate in Sachin Tendulkar’s three ODIs where he got his highest (ODI) scores; starting off in Hyderabad against New Zealand when he got 186* runs (in 1999). In fact, that was my debut international game. All the three games (when Tendulkar got his double ton against SA, 186* against NZ and 175* against Australia) I was the on-field umpire. I have been privileged to have officiated in matches where Sachin, (Rahul) Dravid, VVS Laxman, (Sourav) Ganguly, J Srinath, Anil Kumble all the big players of that era played. I have officiated at the international level as well as in the Indian Premier League etc. so it has been a good career.

“What I cherish most is that I have made a lot of friends. I also learnt a lot about working with people when I was with the ICC (International Cricket Council). I came across people from different countries and cultures, different mindsets so that also helped me and will continue to help me on how I can work with people with different mindsets and cultures. It also helped me move around quite a bit in different parts of the world and to cricket playing nations,” he said while reminiscing about his long career.

“It has been a great journey as I said. All good things come to an end,” he stated.

Asked about the most memorable moment, Tarapore said, “I climbed the ladder slowly and the icing on the cake was when I got my first appointment to stand in a Test match from the ICC in 2011. Obviously, that was an ultimate thing that anyone as an umpire would look for to officiate in a Test match on-field.”
Looking back, he said, “The game itself has changed a lot now and with technology coming in, it has changed in all aspects.” Asked what would be his advise to the upcoming umpires, he said, “For umpiring you need a lot of passion and patience. You will have the ups and downs, but you have to stick to your guns. What saw me through was that I had the passion and I wanted to remain in the game itself and that helped me get where I got to in the end.” 

BCCI Staff

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India A Women start T20 campaign with a big win

The hosts trounced Bangladesh A by eight wickets

India A Women cantered to an eight-wicket win over Bangladesh A in the first T20 game of the three-match series.

India bowled Bangladesh out for 57 with 21 balls to spare after the visitors elected to bat at the KSCA Stadium in Belgaum.

Off the third ball of the innings, Sarmin Sultana was run out by Jemimah Rodrigues with two runs on the board. In the next over Anuja Patil reduced Bangladesh to six for two by sending back Shaila Sharmin. 13 runs later Pooja Vastrakar accounted for Fargana Hoque to push the visiting side further on the back-foot.

While Rumana Ahmed tried to keep the innings afloat, Indians continued to strike at the other end. Nigar Sultana Joty was trapped lbw for naught while Salma Khatun was run out by Patil for zero leaving the opponents reeling at 35 for five. 13 runs later, Rumana too was dismissed for 24 by D Hemalatha. Radha Yadav then claimed two while the India skipper picked one to leave Bangladesh on 57 for nine. Yadav then ran out Panna Gosh to wrap-up the innings.

Chasing a sub-par total, India lost Vanitha VR (14) with 16 runs on the board. Taniya Bhatia, who then joined S Meghana was later sent back for four leaving the side on 37 for two. The opener then took the team to victory with an unbeaten 30 with Devika Vaidya (11).

- http://www.bcci.tv/bangladesh-a-womens-tour-of-india-t20-2017-18/match/01

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