BCCI approves pay hike for domestic match officials

According to the minutes of the CoA meeting in April, the domestic umpires and match referees have received a 100 percent pay hike, which will come into effect from the forthcoming domestic season.

The CoA had missed out on revising the officials' fees recently when it announced a steep hike in the players' match-fees. (Representational Image)   -  AFP

The Board of Control for Cricket in India has finally approved the long-overdue pay hike for domestic match officials, who had been awaiting a revision for six years.

According to the minutes of a Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) meeting in April, accessed by Sportstar, the domestic umpires and match referees have received a 100 percent pay hike (see box), which will come into effect from the forthcoming domestic season.

The CoA had missed out on revising the officials' fees recently when it announced a steep hike in the players' match-fees. The issue was highlighted by Sportstar in March while interviewing Saba Karim, the former India wicketkeeper, who is now the General Manager – Cricket Operations.

The revision in remuneration will also make the umpires more accountable. Quality of umpiring has been a bone of contention for several years on domestic cricket. Even the top Indian umpires were to an extent exposed during the just-concluded Indian Premier League.

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Extension for Raman, Hirwani

W.V. Raman and Narendra Hirwani, whose appointment as batting and bowling coach at the National Cricket Academy, respectively, expired on March 14, have been given the extension for three months. Surprisingly, despite the CoA instructing the BCCI officials and executives to invite applications for the new appointment – Raman and Hirwani will anyway be eligible to apply, having performed commendably over the last couple of years – the BCCI is yet to advertise for the posts on its website.

Money matters

Break-up of match officials' remuneration for domestic matches


Previous: 
For one-day and first-class: 
Top 20 umpires: ₹20,000 per day; Others: ₹15,000 per day; Match referees: ₹15,000 per day
For T20: Top 20 umpires: ₹10,000 per match; ₹7,500 per match; Match referees: ₹7,500 per day


New structure: (to be implemented from 2018-19)
For one-day and first-class: 
Top 20 umpires: ₹40,000 per day; Others: ₹30,000 per day; Match referees: ₹30,000 per day
For T20: Top 20 umpires: ₹20,000 per match; ₹15,000 per match; Match referees: ₹15,000 per day