|Q : When you come to know about your appointment as an umpire, how do you start your preparation? Ans: Simon Taufel said that the match for an umpire begins before many days from the actual day of match by thinking about the match. You must have sense of being ready for the match few days before. For the match preparation you have to ask yourself “What if” questions and what are the possible situations that may occur and you have to prepare for the same. Marais Erasmus suggested to reach the ground a day before the match. You may also go and stand in nets and have a look on players and the way their bowling actions are.