A seminar cum workshop, the first of its kind in the country was organised by the ACSSI on May 26, 1990 at the PD Hall, Wankhede Stadium. It was sponsored by Wills (ITC) and drew tremendous response. TB Dharadhar, a vetaran scorer who had begun scoring in 1936 for the PJ Hindu Gymkhana narrated his experiences on the occasion.
On December 16, 1990 a seminar for the benefit of the scorers was arranged at the Nehru Stadium, Indore. Mr. Yeshwantpantoji, an umpire, Mr. Sushil Doshi, Hindi commentator and Dr. A Bhargava, secretary of the Madhya Pradesh CA talked about the importance of the scorers.
The first course for scorers was held from May 3 to 7, 1993 at the Prabhudesai Hall of the Wankhede Stadium, conducted by Dinkar Sapatnekar and supplemented by Dr. Vasant Naik. The syllabus and planning of the course was done by Sapatnekar and Braganza in consultation with Anandji Dossa and senior umpires of Bombay. 49 candidates attended and appeared for the course and exams of which 40 were declared successful. 16 scorers from these under the supervision of Dinkar Sapatnekar were given practice of scoring for the Ranji Trophy final between Bombay and Bengal at the Wankhede Stadium from March 27 to 30, 1994. The MCA under Mr. Bal Mahadalkar encouraged us after the course received wide media publicity, and with this the scorers joined the association and we grew from strength to strength.
From May 16 to 22, 1994, a Course for Scorers was held at the Late Makarand Bhave Hall, Nehru Stadium, Pune under the Maharashtra Cricket Association and sponsored by Sunny’s Sports Boutique. 22 candidates appeared of which 12 were successful.
Two courses followed this, one at the Rajkumar College Library Hall, Rajkot from June 16 to 19, 1994 under the auspices of Saurashtra Cricket Association and the other at Bombay from 8 to 11 November 1994 with complete support from Bombay Cricket Association. 22 entries were received at Bombay and Madhusudan Patwardhan topped the batch.
On November 12, 1994, the first symposium was organised and Mr. B.B. Mama, Mr. SudhirVaidya, Mr. Dinkar Sapatnekar and Mr. A.M. Mamsa exchanged views and shared important suggestions.
In January 1995, a course for scorers was held at Nagpur. Besides Dinkar Sapatnekar and Theo Braganza, Sudhir Vaidya also assisted.
From February 11 to 15, 1997, a course for scorers was held at Ahmedabad under the auspices of the Gujarat Cricket Association. Mr. Narhari Amin, President Gujarat CA inaugurated and declared the course open. 22 candidates appeared for the exams of which 10 passed. A written test for two hours was held at Seth CN VijayamVidyalaya and Pravin Shah stood first in the batch.
In May 1997, a Course for Scorers, Refresher Course for Scorers and a Workshop for Statisticians was held in Bombay. 96 aspirants participated and Suhas Sapre of Baroda got 100% marks.
In a series of events, ACSSI conducted Scorers’ Seminar and Workshop at Jawaharlal Nehru Municipal Corporation Stadium, Indore on August 26, 2001, at Lalbhai Contractor Stadium, Surat on September 9, 2001, at Rajkot on September 22 and 23, 2001 and at Ahmedabad on September 24 and 25, 2001. The response was tremendous so also the co-operation from the respective associations.
A Course and Examination for scorers was held at Mumbai in February 2002 by the MCA and conducted by ACSSI. The course was handled by Sudhir Vaidya, Ramesh Parab and MG Patwardhan. 42 attended the Course, 17 were exempted and four were declared successful. Similar course and Examination for scorers was held in September 2002 by the MCA and conducted by us. 46 aspirants attended and Mr. Rupesh Prabhudesai topped the batch.
A three days course was organised by Baroda Cricket Association from September 29 to October 1, 2006. 23 attended the course which also had an examination. Dinar Gupte, Nanden Sawant, Sunil Landge and Suhas Sapre made the event successful.
A course for fresh scorers and for those who did not get through earlier was held at Mumbai on June 16, 2007. 42 attended the lectures at the Press Box of the Wankhede Stadium. The entire arrangements were deftly handled by Deepak Joshi.
All these symposia, courses and seminars, were only made possible by generous offers of resources by staging Association, quite beside the tireless efforts of our own members.