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Top 10 Cricket Umpire salary | Facts that will surprise you -KreedOn

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Cricket is a lucrative game and there is a lot of money to be earned. International match fees, endorsements and our very own gold mine – IPL has made sure the money keeps flowing in both cricketer’s and the BCCI’s pockets. And it comes as no surprise that a lot of young players are looking to make it big in cricket just by looking at the lifestyle of someone like Virat Kohli or Hardik Pandya. But has anyone thought about becoming an umpire? Yes, a cricket umpire. As it turns out, the decision-makers on the field make good money in the form of match fees and yearly fees. So let us take a look at the top ten cricket umpire salary in international cricket:

List of top 10 Cricket Umpire salary

S.NNameICC elite panel umpires salary
1Richard KettleboroughYearly Fee: ₹ 25,00,000
2Ian GouldYearly Fee: ₹ 25,00,000
3Richard IllingworthYearly Fee: ₹ 25,00,000
4Paul ReiffelYearly Fee: ₹ 31,21,000
5Rod TuckerYearly Fee: ₹ 25,00,000
6Bruce OxenfordYearly Fee: ₹ 25,00,000
7Nigel LlongYearly Fee: ₹ 31,21,000
8Aleem DarYearly Fee: ₹ 31,21,000
9Marais ErasmusYearly Fee: ₹ 25,00,000
10Kumar DharmasenaYearly Fee: ₹ 25,00,000

Richard Kettleborough: Cricket Umpire salary

Richard Kettleborough
Top Ten Cricket Umpires Salaries: Richard Kettleborough (Credits Yahoo cricket)

Hailing from Yorkshire, Kettleborough started his international umpiring career in 2009 has come a long way since then. The Englishman has officiated 58 tests, 83 ODIs, and 22 T20Is so far. He has been one of the finest umpires of the last decade, with the final of the 2015 World Cup and 2017 Champions Trophy already on his resume. Kettleborough won the ICC Umpire of the award in 2015, becoming the first Englishman to do so. He followed it with two more awards in 2014 and 2015.

  • International cricket umpire salary per year: ₹ 25,00,000
  • umpire salary per match (Test): ₹ 2,00,000
  • cricket umpire salary per Match(ODI): ₹ 1,50,000
  • umpire fees in ipl: ₹ 70,000

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Ian Gould: Cricket Umpire salary

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Top Ten Cricket Umpires Salaries: Ian Gould (Credits Twitter)

Ian Gould, one of the most experienced names in the list, has officiated more than 100 ODIs since his debut in 2006. The Englishman has been a part of four World Cups – 2007, 2011, 2015, and 2019. A wicketkeeper during his playing days, Gould has officiated 137 ODIs, 74 tests, and 37 T20Is. He has officiated just one game in the IPL – final of the 2019 season. Gould is set to retire at the end of the ongoing Cricket World Cup.

  • International cricket umpire salary per year: ₹ 25,00,000
  • umpire salary per match (test): ₹ 2,00,000
  • cricket umpire salary(ODI): ₹ 1,50,000
  • T20I Fee per Match: ₹ 70,000
  • umpire fees in ipl: ₹ 1,75,000 x 1 = ₹ 1,75,000 (IPL umpires reportedly make ₹ 1,75,000 per game)

Richard Illingworth: Cricket Umpire salary

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Top Ten Cricket Umpires Salaries: Richard Illingworth (Credits Nagpur Today)

Yet another umpire from Yorkshire, England has made a name for himself as one of the finest umpires in international cricket. Richard Illingworth made his umpiring debut in 2010 and with consistent performances, he was promoted to ICC Elite Panel of Umpires in 2013. The Englishman has officiated 42 tests, 60 ODIs, and 16 T20Is so far. Illingworth was also a part of IPL in 2014 and 2015 where he officiated 20 games.

  • International cricket umpire salary per year: ₹ 25,00,000
  • umpire salary per match (test): ₹ 2,00,000
  • cricket umpire salary(ODI): ₹ 1,50,000
  • T20I Fee per Match: ₹ 70,000
  • umpire fees in ipl (2014&2015): ₹ 1,75,000 x 20 = ₹ 35,00,000

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Paul Reiffel: Cricket Umpire salary

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Top Ten Cricket Umpires Salaries: Paul Reiffel (Credits Sports.co.uk)

The Victoria-born all-rounder had a decent cricket career before he decided to switch to umpiring. Reffiel made his international umpiring debut in 2009 when he officiated the Trans-Tasman derby. The Australian has officiated 43 tests, 65 ODIs, and 16 T20Is so far. In 2016, Reffiel was hit on the head by Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s throw in the test match against England. He was replaced by Marais Erasmus for the rest of the game.

Reffiel was part of the IPL in 2011, officiating 11 games in that season.

  • International cricket umpire salary per year: ₹ 31,21,000
  • umpire salary per match (test): ₹ 2,00,000
  • cricket umpire salary(ODI): ₹ 1,50,000
  • T20I Fee per Match: ₹ 70,000
  • umpire fees in ipl (2011): ₹ 1,75,000 x 11 = ₹ 19,25,000

Rod Tucker: Cricket Umpire salary

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Top Ten Cricket Umpires Salaries: Rod Tucker (Credits Crictracker)

Since his debut in 2008, Rod Tucker has quickly become one of the most reliable umpires in cricket. The Australian was promoted to ICC’s Elite Panel in just two years after his debut. The 54-year old has officiated 67 tests, 80 ODIs, and 35 T20s so far and is also a part of the ongoing World Cup. He has also officiated 46 IPL games since the 2011 season. So it should come as no surprise that Tucker makes good money in umpiring.

  • International cricket umpire salary per year: ₹ 25,00,000
  • umpire salary per match (test): ₹ 2,00,000
  • cricket umpire salary(ODI): ₹ 1,50,000
  • T20I Fee per Match: ₹ 70,000
  • umpire fees in ipl: ₹ 1,75,000 x 46 = ₹ 80,50,000

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Bruce Oxenford

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Top Ten Cricket Umpires Salaries: Bruce Oxenford (Credits Express.co.uk)

You might know him as the umpire who wears the Captain America-like shield during the games. Bruce Oxenford began umpiring as early as 1998 and officiated matches at the first-class level until his international debut in 2006. Oxenford has the experience of 55 tests, 92 ODIs, and 20 T20Is including the 2015 and 2019 World Cups. In 2015 he designed a shield-like structure for the protection of umpires on the field.

The 59-year old is a regular in the IPL, officiating 48 matches since 2012.

  • International cricket umpire salary per year: ₹ 25,00,000
  • umpire salary per match (test): ₹ 2,00,000
  • cricket umpire salary(ODI): ₹ 1,50,000
  • T20I Fee per Match: ₹ 70,000
  • umpire fees in ipl: ₹ 1,75,000 x 48 = ₹ 84,00,000

Nigel Llong: Cricket Umpire salary

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Top Ten Cricket Umpires Salaries: Nigel Llong (Credits India Today)

Yet another familiar name to cricket fans, Nigel Llong made his international umpiring debut in 2005. Since then, he has been a part of the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007, 2015, and 2019 Cricket World. The Englishman has officiated 56 tests, 124 ODIs, and 32 T20Is so far. Llong has also been a part of 37 IPL matches since 2013.

In the IPL 2019, Llong was fined for kicking the umpire’s room door after an argument with Virat Kohli for a no-ball call. But otherwise, the Englishman is one of the calmest and reliable umpires on the field.

  • International cricket umpire salary per year: ₹ 31,21,000
  • umpire salary per match (test): ₹ 2,00,000
  • ODI Fee per Match: ₹ 1,50,000
  • cricket umpire salary(ODI): ₹ 70,000
  • umpire fees in ipl: ₹ 1,75,000 x 37 = ₹ 64,75,000

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Aleem Dar

Cricket Umpire Salaries
Top Ten Cricket Umpires Salaries: Aleem Dar

Even the casual cricket fans know his name – Aleem Dar, one of the most successful cricket umpires of all time. The Pakistani umpire made his international umpiring debut in 2000 and is in the 19th year of his glorious career.

In his time at the highest level, Dar has officiated in 5 World Cups, including the final of the 2007 World Cup. He has won ICC Umpire of the Year three times in a row – 2009, 2010, and 2011. The 51-year old has officiated 125 tests, 200 ODIs, and 43 T20Is so far.

Aleem Dar has officiated 38 matches in IPL from 2008 to 2014 before the India-Pakistan relations forced him to sit back and enjoy the league on TV.

  • International cricket umpire salary per year: ₹ 31,21,000
  • umpire salary per match (test): ₹ 20,00,00
  • cricket umpire salary(ODI): ₹ 15,0000
  • T20I Fee per Match: ₹ 70,000
  • umpire fees in ipl: ₹ 1,75,000 x 38 = ₹ 66,50,000

 Marais Erasmus

Cricket Umpire Salaries
Top Ten Cricket Umpires Salaries: Rudi Koertzen (Credits Sportzwiki)

Rudi Koertzen was the best South African umpire ever, but that might not be the case by the time Marais Erasmus retires. The 55-year old is in the 13th-year-old his umpiring career with experience of officiating three World cups – 2011, 2015 & 2019. Erasmus has also won ICC Umpire of the Year in 2016 and 2017, becoming the first South African to do so.

Erasmus has also been a consistent part of the IPL since 2009, with 66 matches under his belt.

  • International cricket umpire salary per year: ₹ 25,00,000
  • umpire salary per match (test): ₹ 2,00,000
  • umpire salary per match (ODI): ₹ 1,50,000
  • T20I Fee per Match: ₹ 70,000
  • umpire fees in ipl: ₹ 1,75,000 x 66 = ₹ 1,15,50,000

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Kumar Dharmasena

Cricket Umpire Salaries
Top Ten Cricket Umpires Salaries: Kumar Dharmasena (Credits Sportzwiki)

One of the most famous names in cricket umpiring, Kumar Dharmasena actually started as an all-rounder for Sri Lanka. He was part of the 1996 World Cup-winning side and jumped to umpiring after retiring from the game in 2004. Dharmasena made his umpiring debut in 2009 and has officiated 60 tests, 97 ODIs, and 22 T20Is so far. He is also second in the list of most IPL matches officiated with 94 since the 2009 season.

The Sri Lankan has also won the ICC Umpire of the Year twice, in 2012 and 2018. Thanks to his IPL games, Dharmasena makes some serious money in umpiring.

  • International cricket umpire salary per year: ₹ 25,00,000
  • umpire salary per match (test): ₹ 2,00,000
  • umpire salary per match (ODI): ₹ 1,50,000
  • T20I Fee per Match: ₹ 70,000
  • umpire fees in ipl: ₹ 1,75,000 x 94 = ₹ 1,64,50,000

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I might be a Mechanical Engineer on the paper, but I was a Sports enthusiast since childhood, screaming at the TV watching cricket at the age of 4. Not much excites me other than sports unless it's free pizza. I can watch literally anything remotely related to sports; Cricket, Football, Tennis, F1, Hockey, Athletics, Chess, you name it! And I love to write too, so at the time I'm not watching sports, I'm writing about it. Or eating pizzas, of course.

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