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Steve Smith beats Virat Kohli in highest-earning cricket captain’s race

Steve Smith, considered as the world’s best Test batsman, earns $1.469 million per year. Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli gets an approximate salary of $1 million.

cricket Updated: Oct 18, 2017 15:56 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
Steve Smith,Virat Kohli,Ravi Shastri
Steve Smith and Virat Kohli are two of the highest earning cricket captains in the world.(Cricket Australia/Getty Images)

As an international captain, Australia’s Steve Smith earns a salary which is 20 times more than what his counterpart from Zimbabwe, Graeme Cremer draws.

Smith, considered as the world’s best Test batsman, earns $1.469 million per year. Cremer earns $86,000. Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli gets an approximate salary of $1 million.

However, Kohli — with his earnings from the BCCI, brand endorsements and IPL fees — is the richest cricketer at the moment.

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According to a detailed study published by ESPNCricinfo of how much the contemporary cricketers are earning from the sport, the Indian cricket board — often criticised for not giving Test cricket its due — is the highest paying governing body in the format.

“At $23,380 per game, India’s Test cricketers are the most well rewarded across the world, earning almost twice of what an Australian cricketer gets for a home Test (Australia has different fees for home and away Tests),” the report said.

“The figures are based on international cricket, and do not take into account player earnings from T20 leagues, other domestic engagements or endorsements,” the report added.

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How much do the coaches make?

Head coach Ravi Shastri’s salary is the highest among coaches. He draws $1.17 million, which the report says is “less only than what the top player from Australia, England and India earns a year”.

The cricket boards in Bangladesh and Zimbabwe are not in a position to pay their cricketers as much. But interestingly, Bangladesh’s head coach from Sri Lanka, Chandika Hathurasingha is paid more than any of the country’s top cricketers.

Pakistan are paying their South African coach Mickey Arthur three times more than any of what their topmost cricketers are earning, the report said.

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Shastri is the only coach in international cricket who makes more than USD 1 million.

Australia coach Darren Lehmann is in the second spot with a package of $0.55 million, followed by Trevor Bayliss, the Australian coach of the England cricket team with $0.52 million.

Worst paid in cricket?

According to the report, the Pakistani cricketers are among “the worst paid in cricket”. It explained this scenario by claiming, “A player in Pakistan’s top contract bracket will be an annual retainer ($74,014) that is marginally less than the top contract for an Ireland player ($75,000). Let that sink in (Ireland’s top salary retainer is also higher than those of Bangladesh and Zimbabwe).”

“A player like Sarfraz Ahmed, Pakistan’s captain, will end up earning more in a year, of course — and he quadruples his base salary in 2017 — because he plays more often and plays across three formats,” it added.

The absence of bilateral cricket against India has also hurt Pakistan, whereas the refusal of Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise owners to take Pakistani cricketers has also resulted in lesser revenue for them.

First Published: Oct 18, 2017 15:35 IST