Mark Benson is well known for being an English cricket umpire. Besides this, he also played for England national team from 1980 to 1995.
Mark Benson - Personal life
One of the infamous English cricket umpire Mark Benson is well known by cricket lovers worldwide. But, only a few knowns about his personal life. So, let's find out how's the private life of the retired umpire going?
Well, talking about his personal life, Mark Benson might be married with kids. However, due to his secretive nature, the truth is undisclosed to his fans and the media.
Mark Benson - Career & Net Worth
Mark Benson is best known for his umpire role rather than as a player. When Mark retired as a player, he made an international debut as an umpire in 2004. Ben got promoted to Emirates Elite Panel of Umpires in April 2006.
But, the same year, Benson, in a test match, suffered from high blood pressure and heart palpitation. On February 5, 2010, Mark officially retired from umpiring international matches.
Watch the video of the controversial umpiring of Mark Benson in the match between India and Australia 2008 below.
Before being an umpire, Mark Benson began his career as a player for Kent, a cricket club, in 1980. The left-handed opening batsman, Benson, was appointed as a captain in 1991. The Kent, under his leadership, stood runners-up in the Country Championship(1992) and Sunday league championship(1995). For the national side in 1986, in July, Mark appeared on test ODI against Indian and New Zealand.
Nonetheless, the 1.75m tall Mark also worked as a marketing assistant for a gas company, Shell, before engaging himself in cricket. The retired umpire collected over $80000 per year for two decades. Considering his professional involvement in cricket, his net worth is estimated to be more than $1 million.
Quick facts of Mark Benson
- Mark Benson was nominated the ICC Umpire of the Year 2007.
- He is a right-arm off-spin bowler.
- He scored 51 runs in a test match and 24 runs in an ODI.
- Mark went to Sutton Valence School.
- Mark's nickname is Benny.
- Some notable cricketers include Theo Bamber, Steven Smith, and Sarah Taylor.