The most thankless job in the world of cricket is that of an umpire. A wrong decision or an unfavourable decision will bring you in the spotlight and will become a talking point in the media and all around. Ask Steve Bucknor, his few erroneous decisions on the India tour of Australia earned him the wrath of media and players alike and forced him into retirement.
They are also responsible for taking some important decisions and calming down the temper of players, laborious job it’s a painstaking job. But some of the top umpires are highly paid, so let have look at ICC cricket umpires salaries.
There is an elite panel of umpires who are handsomely paid by the ICC for officiating in matches. The “Emirates Elite Panel” was introduced in the year 2002 and since then it has been continuing. And just a prelude, you would be shocked to read the amount the umpires receive for officiating in matches.
The umpires officiating in international matches are divided into two categories.One is the International Panel and the other is the elite panel.The international panel comprises of umpires who officiate in International matches of their own country.Those matches are generally ODI’s and T20’s.
ICC Umpires Salaries 2017
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These umpires are paid match wise and not necessarily have an ICC contract, however, they might be paid by their respective Boards.On the other hand, the elite umpires officiate in test matches,one-day matches and also in ICC tournaments. They are not allowed to officiate in home matches so they invariably travel a lot.
The elite umpires are monitored regularly and the panel is re-zigged every now and then. These umpires have a contract with ICC and they are guaranteed a yearly basic pay that varies from umpire to umpire depending on experience and performance. Each of these umpires is also paid match fees which also varies from format to format.
How Much Elite Panel Umpires Earns?
The new entrant in the panel gets about $35000 in a year and the mot experienced one’s like Aleem Dar earn about $45000 in a year. The match fees are pretty much the same for all the members of the panel. The match fee for a test match is $3000 and the match fee for an ODI is $1000. And to sum up, the total that an umpire would be roughly earning in a year is about $90000 to $100000. Also, they get a free holiday trip with their family which is sponsored by Fly Emirates.