MUMBAI Syed Mahboob Ali Shah (born October 13, 1938) is a former Pakistani first-class cricketer and Test umpire. Before becoming an umpire, he played 14 first-class Test matches in Pakistan. Recently, the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) invited him to give special training to local umpires in Kuala Lumpur. As many as 22 practicing umpires from all over Malaysia, who had already cleared MCAs Zero Level Examination, attended the 9-5 course. The first three days were allocated to requisites and techniques of cricket umpiring and the laws of cricket, while on the fourth day, the course participants did practical umpiring in a cricket carnival organised by the Indian Embassy. I am pleased to say that despite language difficulties with some participants, they did very well in all three areas - written, course and practical examinations - of their assessment. Hopefully, quite a few of them will find their way to the ACC level II accreditation in due course of time, he further added. Mahboob Shah said, As far as umpiring standard in Malaysia is concerned, it is not bad. There are some experienced umpires who have distinguished themselves in the ACC-organised international matches among non-Test playing countries of Asia. The current efforts of the Malaysian Cricket Association may earn their umpires further recognition in near future, he added. Between March 1975 and March 1997, Mahboob Shah umpired in 28 Test matches and 32 ODIs mainly in Pakistan - only four of his Test matches were overseas.