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Passing of Clarence Shafrali (Umpire)

Dear All,


I am saddened to learn of the passing of Mr. Clarence Shafrali, a stalwart Umpire and former president of the T&TCUC. Mr. .Shafrali was well known and widely respected in Trinidad & Tobago and the wider West Indies. I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Shafrali for the first time in 2005 at the convention in Barbados and we met several times thereafter. The conversation was always one of mutual respect for each other. He was a man of total conviction who believes in what he was about and worked towards achieving it. He will be sadly missed by his umpiring colleagues in the West Indies.


On behalf of WICUA and all the Umpires in the region, please convey our deepest sympathies and condolences to his family and remind them that Mr. Shafrali had done a remarkable job here on earth and is now with his God, so they should be comforted in the fact that he is now in a better place. May his soul rest in peace.




Vivian Johnson





November 9, 2016

Hello fellow Umpires:

I take pleasure in announcing the WICUA Final Written Exam results of 2016. I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate all successful candidates. As far as I can remember, this seems to be the first time that there has been a record 100% passes in the written exam. It is therefore quite an achievement by the WICUA to have this fantastic result.

On behalf of the WICUA, I would like to thank all the trainers who put out tremendous effort in preparing these candidates to achieve this feat.

To:       Mr. Vivian Johnson

Secretary WICUA

From:   Mr. Clyde Cumberbatch

            Chairman, Training & Examination Committee

Subject: 2016 Final Written Examination Results

The 2016 WICUA Final Written Examination candidates were all successful at attaining 70% and more.  I extend congratulations to each of the Forty (40) candidates who wrote this year examinations and have found the light at the end of tunnel.  

There was a tie for the highest mark of 91%: Roger Pittiman - Canada and Imran Khan - United States of America while the next highest mark of 89% was achieved by Vicki Laura Daniel of Trinidad & Tobago.

Each of you demonstrated that hard work and perseverance pays off. It is indeed an occasion for each member Territory Training Committee to celebrate with their candidates for their tireless efforts and innovative methods of teaching the laws to our candidates.

Special thank you to my fellow WICUA lecturers for their yeoman service at ensuring the success of our future WICUA umpires.


Clyde Cumberbatch

Chairman, Training & Examination Committee



Fellow Umpires,

Please be advised that the date for the Final Written Exam will be on Sunday August 28th 2016.

Also as a reminder the date for the Oral Exam remains Sunday November 27th 2016.

Please be guided accordingly and as is customary, follow the guidelines of the exam process.


Vivian Johnson







It is indeed with sadness to hear of the passing of our beloved umpire colleague Gyanandad Sukdeo. It brings more grief when the person is so young. It is an extremely difficult time for his family and his umpiring family. On behalf of all the umpires in the West Indies and North America, please extend condolences to his immediate family and let them know that our prayers are with them throughout this difficult period. 


May his soul rest in peace.







Dear Ms. Williams,


Heartiest congratulations on your appointment by the ICC to its Third Tier Associate and Affiliates Panel. This is a continuation on the journey you have started, which by this measure, is certainly looking rosy for the future. Your commitment to cricket umpiring and your steadfastness in performing your duties are testimonies to this level of achievement.


We at the WICUA are extremely proud of your achievement and will continue to provide the necessary guidance, training and advice necessary for further success. Please continue to hold your head high as you have a great responsibility as a trendsetter for all the peoples of the Caribbean, especially the women.


The West Indies Cricket Umpires' Association salutes you on this outstanding achievement and wish for you all the best in your future endeavors.




Vivian Johnson










2015 Oral & Practical Examination Results


From: Mr. Clyde Cumberbatch
Chairman, Training & Examination Committee

Subject: 2015 Oral & Practical Examination Results

For your information the 2015 Oral & Practical Examination held on November 29th 2015 at the various Countries. This year, forty three (43) candidates took the examination and 98% of the candidates were successful. These results are encouraging and illustrates that the profession is attracting persons who understand the spirit of the game cricket. As professionals we must stand for fairness, respect and integrity. 
Congratulations to all successful candidates. To those who were unsuccessful you must review the laws of the game and ask your trainers for further guidance and clarity on the laws. This year’s highest mark of 97% was attained by RAJESH BABUJALLI of the United States of America closely followed in second place was MAURICE GREEN from Jamaica with 95.6%. 
You must keep revising the laws and performing your best on the field of play.
To the Training Committee members, WICUA Secretary and Assistant Secretary who participated in this exercise let me say thank you. It was another delighted year and I do look forward to the continued support from all members. 

Clyde Cumberbatch
Chairman, Training & Examination Committee



Dear Ms. Williams,


The WICUA wishes to congratulate you on your appointment to officiate in the ICC qualifying tournament in Asia. We are extremely proud of this achievement and as I expressed in my convention report, you are the pace setter in this regard, and you will be the determining standard bearer for all other female umpires in the Caribbean. It is therefore incumbent on you to do everything within your powers to make a good first and lasting impression. Your performance will determine whether more Caribbean/ West Indian female umpires move to this level. We have no doubt that you will be successful in both your on and off the field experience and make us proud.


We at WICUA have both the confidence and faith in you that you will make the leap to the next level, which is the ICC women's world cup in 2017. All the best and ensure that our flag keeps flying high.




Vivian Johnson





President's Quarterly Report August-October 2015


Hello Colleagues,

Please be advised that the WICUA Oral Exam 2015 will be held on Sunday November 29th 2015. The exam will be held throughout the Caribbean and North America as is customary.We will advise of the External examiners shortly. Please submit all the practical marks for the candidates to Mr. Cumberbatch as soon as possible if not yet already done. The practical marks must be in before the Oral exam is done.

Please be guided accordingly and act quickly..





As a people we are indeed living in a changing world. Some persons are afraid of changes and for diverse reasons. From the outset changes are affected for better and not for worse, however sometimes the dreams and the aspirations are not achieved, this brings to fore such words as failure, disappointment and grief.  Conversely more often than not you hear of joy, success, progress and just reward.

As umpires there has been significant changes in the umpiring landscape, the numbers required for some category of matches have been severely tailored to the point that some umpires felt not motivated, whilst some have experienced financial and status driven reward and are extremely happy.

The truth has always been that changes are intended for good. Umpires need to look at the bright side and remain focused. At all stages not every umpire would have made it to the Elite or ICC Panel or the WICB Regional Panel. This should not in any way be a hindrance, instead an umpire should work hard to reach the top with determination.

Cricket umpiring should not be seen as offering a service for free, it is a business and it has pay days.  This therefore should provide the drive, the impetus thus acting as a stimulus for one’s motivation. Notwithstanding however WICUA has a duty to be, if not ahead of the game, at least should be close to it. WICUA ought to provide the leadership necessary to keep hopes and aspirations alive.  There are ways that WICUA can forge, which may assist in enhancing the quality of umpiring life.  One such way is to organize and work with territories in trying to establish an Umpires Exchange Programme within WICUA.  This is actively under consideration for the future.

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