Stark difference in the salary of Indian and Pakistani umpires and match referees

Stark difference in the salary of Indian and Pakistani umpires and match referees

BCCI took the step after the recommendation of Saba Karim who is their General Manager for cricket operations.

Aleem Dar
Umpire Aleem Dar. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) recently decided to award a 100% pay hike to the Indian umpires, match referees, scorers and video analysts ahead of the 2018 domestic season. The top 20 umpires will now be earning Rs 40,000 per day for all the first-class matches according to the new pay structure and the remaining umpires will get an amount of Rs 30,000 per day. However, this has created a huge difference between the payments done by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to their umpires and match referees in comparison.

As far as the T20 format is concerned, the payments for the top 20 umpires is increased up to Rs 20,000 per match while the rest of them would receive Rs 15,000. For the match referees, the BCCI has decided to pay Rs 30,000 per day for the matches other than T20s which was earlier Rs 15,000.

The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) also has given their approval after the recommendation of Saba Karim, BCCI’s General Manager for cricket operations, who felt that they are the backbone of the domestic cricket and their efforts should be acknowledged.

How much PCB pays?

According to the Daily Times, the Pakistani website, PCB is paying only Rs 6,000 per day to the umpires on the elite panel with 17.5 percent income tax for non-filer and 10 percent for the filers. The Grade – 1 umpires earn Rs 5,500 per day for their efforts on the field which highlights the stark difference when compared to what the BCCI is paying to its umpires and the match referees in its new pay structure.

Recently, PCB had also decided to increase the match fee of all the cricketers under the new formula. According to the new payment structure, only the players who are part of the playing XI will now get paid instead of giving the monthly stipend to 20 cricketers of each region.

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