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Balutedar 07 - Cricket Umpire : Vineet Kulkarni

The Ten Commandments of Project Management By: Abhijeet Pendharkar, Contents by: Anjali Lele | Based on "An interview with Mr. Vineet Kulkarni, ICC Umpire by Dhananjay Gokhale" | For DVDs write to

In the evening of 19th Jul, 14, "there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceeding loud", and the people assembled at the Jyotsna Bhole Sabhagruh in Pune. After Mr. Vineet Kulkarni occupied the stage along with Dhananjay & Mandar, & the people were seated, and then in Balutedar07, the words of the "Ten Commandments of Project Management" were spoken to all the people as it is written.....

Goal/Success criteria :


We enjoy game if match is conducted properly, decisions given as correctly as possible and both teams behave on ground.

Emotional Attachment :


Be attached with the game but be emotionally detached from it!

Handling Difficult Behaviours :


As the game is going on, the players are in that high emotion and they may react adversely, sometimes some captains don't easily agree with umpire's decision and create chaos. Umpire's duty is to maintain calm and handle difficult behaviours on and outside ground. That shows character of umpire.

Decision Making :


Attitude: plays the most important role in being a good umpire.
Preparation: starts when series/match is declared. Need to study each & every cricketer of all teams, so decision making on ground is smooth. Need to study all captains, their temperaments, weather conditions, ground etc.
Team work: It's a team of 4-5 umpires; they should be on one page. They support each other in good/bad decisions.
is very strong- feedbacks (if some player is doubtful etc.) passed on to umpire team, ground maintenance team, hotel staff etc.

Taking Criticism :


Critics: always try to criticise, definitely on the other side of the table.
Assessors: after every match, they analyse the decision making and assess performance of umpires, on the other side of the table.
Team: healthy discussions amongst team members for analysing match performance. They may also be on the other side of the table for some decisions given.
Coach: But coach is always on your side. He never tells negatives directly. He asks appropriate questions so that you understand the mistakes made.

Lessons Learnt :


Excel sheets prepared with Greens & Reds after every match/series. (DG explained arrows & smileys) Reds- need to work on. Your character will be determined from how you rise after your reds- slide/slip.

Errors In Decisions :


That could be due to not right attitude, missing preparation, physical/mental health not up-to mark.

Team Differences :


The differences in team kept under carpet, not seen by world. Differences are strictly professional and not ego based. Even if criticism is brought by person of differences, still have open mind for criticism.

Closure :


Closure of match for umpire is not when you switch off TV. In the game till don't close it with coach. Gain closure with error, accept and work on it.

True role of a project manager :


Don't be like school teacher. Intervene at the right time in case of conflicts, react minimum and only when required.