Want to be a professional cricketer?
Umpiring is a tough job though it looks easy when we watch through our Televisions. Generally, we think that umpire’s job is only to give a decision. But we forget that they have to carefully watch every bit of the match while standing for a whole day in the field. Moreover, if any decision goes wrong, they have to go through a lot of criticism, and they might also lose their authenticity, which can trigger their career.
Nevertheless, there is no denying that an umpire earns a good sum of money if he is rightfully doing his job.
Last year, many umpires were lashed out by the cricket fanatics for their iffy decisions. One of them is Kumar Dharmasena, who was the umpire in the dramatic grand-finale of ICC World Cup 2019 between New Zealand and England. He had given four runs extra to England in Super Over after Ben Stokes‘ bat, while he was running between the wicket, touched the ball, and went for a boundary. Those extra runs are said to be played a major role in England’s victory in the mega event. After this incident, Dharmasena was criticized all over social media by fans.
However, this is one of the incidents, but there are many more when umpires have to go through severe slagging.
Such instances also cost umpires as they might even lose their jobs. They have to incur financial losses after they come under scrutiny. But do you know How much fees an umpire is paid for an international match or a domestic match?
Here we have listed how much an umpire can earn per year:
ICC has an elite panel of umpires where the veterans get listed to officiate international matches. Being in this panel, an umpire can get many benefits other than the fee.
For an Umpire belonging to the ICC Elite panel, the annual salary varies from 35,000 US Dollars (Rs 24,00,000 approx) to 45,000 US Dollars (Rs 31,00,000 approx).
For standing in a Test match, each umpire is paid an approximate match fee of 3,000 US Dollars (Rs 2,00,000 approx) while they pocket an amount of 1000 US Dollars (Rs 70,000 approx) in a T20I fixture. For an ODI encounter, ICC pays 2200 US Dollars (1,50,000 approx) for each umpire in a particular game.
Umpire can also earn from T20 leagues:
Apart from officiating international or domestic matches, umpires can also earn through franchise cricket. In the lucrative leagues like IPL, the cricket board pays a hefty sum of money which further lifts their financial income.
Umpires are also given special allowances:
If an umpire is associated with ICC, he enjoys special allowances. The council takes his accommodation expenses. Furthermore, they get to travel places in business class and also special arrangments are made for them in hotels.
Thus, seeing the perks, umpiring is an excellent profession to pick up after a player retires from the game.