When all types of sport are closed down involving the coronaviruses, two global empires, Simon Fry and John Ward, bid farewell to their own careers. Their retirement collectively has produced a great deal of buzz.
Congratulations to retiring umpires Simon Fry and John Ward. Between them, Fry and Ward stood in over 600 elite level matches across two decades of outstanding service to cricket. More: https://t.co/xLGk7CoyfV pic.twitter.com/ogoyArFam3
— Cricket Australia (@CricketAus) April 17, 2020
“Never would I have thought that a chance meeting with a former teammate would lead to a twenty-year career in the game that I love. I believe the time is right to step aside and for someone else to experience the same opportunities, challenges and sense of satisfaction that I have enjoyed,” Fry said.
“I feel very fortunate to have umpired cricket at this level for so long. It has been a privilege. The relationships I’ve developed with on-field colleagues, match referees, CA staff and players have been the highlight for me,” Ward said.
53-year-old Frye was umpiring 20 seasons in his profession. Simon Fry of both South Australia and John Ward of Victoria have retired from elite umpiring. Fry who stood at 100 outstanding matches, 130 List A matches and 93 T20s has bid adieu to elite umpiring after 20 seasons. Tasmania’s Marsh Sheffield Shield victory over New South Wales in Blundstone Arena in March was the final match of the livelihood.
Victoria’s John Ward, using a little less expertise than Fry, acted as an umpire for 19 seasons that consisted of 87 first-class, 84 List A and 117 T20 matches.