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The Suriname Cricket Association, with the assistance of the Guyana Umpiring Association, organised a four-day Umpiring Seminar in Paramaribo, from June 12 to 15. The seminar leader was the renowned international umpire, Mr Clyde Duncan, assisted by two other qualified Guyanese umpires, Mr. Daveteerth Anandjit and Mr. Andrew Allen.
The seminar was arranged to have umpire students from both Nickerie and Paramaribo. Thirteen were trained in both the laws of the game, the technicalities and scoring. This training was in preparation for participants to take the umpiring examination to be held in Guyana on July 27, 2008.
Suriname are hoping to have at least three candidates for this examination and expect to have a follow-up seminar prior to this examination, to be held in Nickerie.
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