Mahboob Shah at the Kinrara Oval

ACC Umpiring Resource Person Mahboob Shah, a veteran of 28 Tests and 32 One-Day Internationals, was in Malaysia to conduct a Level I course for the Malaysian Cricket Association this month. 22 umpires from Peninsular and East Malaysia attended the four-day course in Kuala Lumpur. “This course invited those umpires who have not only passed a Level 0 induction but who are active and interested in the game,” says ACC Development Manager Bandula Warnapura.

Many of the attendees are school teachers, having come to cricket through Malaysian Cricket Association courses run by Level II Malaysian umpires Khoo Chai Huat and Ramani Batumalai, who assisted Mr. Shah in his presentations at the Kinrara Oval.

(from l to r) Mahboob Shah, Bandula Warnapura, Ramani Batumalai, Khoo Chai Huat, Sivanandan Chinnadurai

“There are many local tournaments, inter-district schools competitions and the national age-group league matches for the umpires to stand in,” says Mr. Huat. “The fact that the participants engaged in a lively question and answer session augurs well for the development and progress of good cricket umpiring here in Malaysia,” he adds.

Sitting before standing, Malaysia’s next generation of umpires

The course had written and practical modules and participants stood four overs each in matches involving Indian High Commission personnel. In his parting words Mr. Shah said that a good number of Malaysians can make the grade in cricket umpiring, and that “they have the potential of discharging their duties in big matches.”

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Filed Nov 20th, 2009