Over the past two decades, Fry has umpired at international and domestic level and last stood alongside Victorian John Ward who is also retiring, in Tasmania’s Marsh Sheffield Shield victory over New South Wales at Blundstone Arena in March.
South Australian Fry departs elite umpiring after 20 seasons. His international career, highlighted by seven Test matches on-field, also included 76 white ball internationals across women's and men's cricket. In total, Fry stood in 100 First Class, 130 List-A and 93 Twenty20 men's matches and won the CA Umpire Award four times.
“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 fortunate to have made many wonderful friendships which I will treasure forever. I wish to thank the SACA, CA and the ICC for their support throughout my career. Most importantly, I thank my wife Rachel, our children and our families for their encouragement and support over the years.”
SACA General Manager, High Performance Tim Nielsen thanked Simon for his outstanding contribution to South Australian and Australian umpiring.
“We are really proud of Simon and all of our umpires and players who progress to the elite level, and for him to have stood in 100 first-class matches and many more across all formats, is a great reflection of the standard he has achieved," he said.
“We’d like to congratulate Simon on his outstanding career and the contribution he has made to umpiring in our State and country over an extended period.”
Victorian umpire Ward has also called time on his career after 19 seasons in the elite ranks. He stood in 32 white ball internationals, in a total of 87 First Class, 84 List-A and 117 T20 matches.
Peter Roach, CA Head of Cricket Operations, said:
“We extend our congratulations and thanks to both Simon and John on their outstanding contributions to umpiring in Australia.
“Throughout their careers, Simon and John have demonstrated outstanding skill and leadership. Both depart the umpiring ranks at the top of their craft and we wish them well in their retirement.”