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Stellar season sees Simon Fry named as 2015/16 CA Umpire of the Year

Simon Fry - CA Umpire of the Year

Simon Fry has been named Cricket Australia Umpire of the Year for a third successive season.

Fry joined the Cricket Australia National Umpire Panel in 2005-06 and has enjoyed another strong season on field in 2015-16 whilst being a true leader amongst his peers, players and teams alike. 

Making his First Class debut in January 2002 and then One-Day and Twenty20 International debuts in January 2011, Fry achieved the greatest feat for an umpire in October 2015 – making his Test Match debut in Colombo.

Standing with fellow Australian Rod Tucker, the fixture between Sri Lanka and the West Indies represented the culmination of Fry’s hard work and dedication to umpiring for almost two decades. As the newest international Test Umpire number 481, through this achievement Fry has continued to inspire the National Umpire Panel to strive for the highest of honours.

Fittingly, Fry was appointed Fourth Umpire for the historic Day/Night Test in Adelaide. Although his home city, the very foreign concept demanded full attention of the entire Playing Control Team to ensure its success on the international stage.

After officiating two months of limited over cricket, Fry travelled to New Zealand the day after the completion of the final KFC T20 International fixture and had just three days to reset to the four-day cricket format. Again, he was a part of cricket history, standing in the first ever Sheffield Shield fixture on foreign soil, between New South Wales and Western Australia.

Fry’s 2015/16 cricket season has now culminated in an invitation by the ICC to stand in the ICC World T20 in India. This is the second ICC Event that Fry has attended inside 14 months, having last season umpired at the 2015 Cricket World Cup.

Awarded annually, the Cricket Australia Umpire Award is presented to an ICC Elite Panel or Cricket Australia National Panel Umpire adjudged all-round most outstanding, with consideration not only to an umpire’s on-field performance but also their contribution to elite umpiring in Australia by way of significant achievement or off-field work.

The award, selected by the Cricket Australia Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, is based on consideration of the following criteria:-

  • On field performance
  • Demonstrated a high level of professionalism in their conduct throughout the year, both on and off field
  • Significant development and improvement in performance on-field
  • Significant achievement in umpiring throughout the year
  • Contribution to the Australian umpiring community through off-field activities
  • Contribution to the Australian cricket community in general
  • Sets an example of what it is to be a cricket umpire to the rest of the cricket and umpiring community