In front of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, BCCI, some umpires of India have placed a big demand. The domestic umpires of Indian cricket have appealed to the BCCI to increase the retirement age.
India lacks quality umpires. Even the ICC Elite Panel has only a few umpires from India. The reason behind this is that some good umpires retire early in India than some other countries.
The BCCI, which has 140 umpires, enacted a policy in 2002, keeping the retirement age at 55 years. The umpire wants this age to be 60 years. However, umpires who umpire in a single match at the international level get a three-year extension and retire at the age of 58.
However, the retirement age of umpires in Australia and England is 65 years, which is 10 years more than the BCCI.
An international umpire from India, who is scheduled to retire next year, has already written a letter to BCCI President Sourav Ganguly. All umpires agree that the retirement age should be 60 years. A BCCI Group A category umpire has said that why only the international umpiring gets three more years.