Salaries Of International Cricket Captains In 2020: When cricket fans start discussing their favorite sport most of the time the talk gets shifted into money in cricket. Everybody wants to know how much does a cricketer earn. The IPL salary is public to all because of the auction. But most people don’t know how much do these cricketers earn while playing for their country.
Recently, BCCI announced the central contract which gives a clear idea as to how much the Indian players earn. But what about the other players in the world? How much does the captain of each country get? Let’s have a look at the salaries of the international captains.
- Sri Lanka – Dimuth Karunaratne – 71.32 Lakh and Lasith Malinga – 50 Lakh
The Sri Lankan cricket team has two captains across the two formats. Dimuth Karunaratne leads their side in the longest format and the ODI format as well whereas the veteran bowler Lasith Malinga is the skipper in the shortest format.
Compared to the other countries, the captains of Sri Lanka don’t earn that much. Karunaratne earns $100,000 in a year which is approximately 71.32 Lakhs and Lasith Malinga earns $70,000 which is close to 50 Lakhs in a year.
Both the players are contracted with the SLC and receive their salaries from the board.
- Australia – Tim Paine and Aaron Finch – 4.87 CR
Just like Sri Lanka, Australia too has two different captains. One of them is the red ball captain whereas the other one is the while ball captain. Interestingly, both the players got the captaincy due to the ball-tampering controversy.
In 2017, the Australian players had a pay dispute with the board which resulted in a pay hike. Both the Australian captains earn close to a million dollars which amount close to 4.87 CR.
In Australia, the captain of the cricket team is a very highly regarded person and so both of them deserve that much money.
- South Africa – Faf Du Plessis – 3.2 CR and Quinton De Kock – 2.5 CR
South Africa has been changing their captain in the last few months. The Test captaincy is with Faf Du Plessis but the ODI and T20 captaincy has been given to Quinton De Kock. In fact, QDK was given the captaincy in the shortest format in the series against India and in the upcoming ODI series against England he will lead the side.
There are questions over Faf’s future but at the moment, according to the current contract, Faf earns $450,000 and QDK earns $350,000 which approximately accounts for 3.2 CR and 2.5 CR respectively.
- New Zealand – Kane Williamson – 3.17 CR
Unlike the other teams, the Blackcaps have only one captain in all three formats. Tim Southee led the Kiwis in a couple of T20 series but that was only when Williamson was injured or rested.
Kane Williamson is the gentlemen of world cricket. Time and again, he has shown how to keep your emotions in check. He has been brilliant with the bat as well. Currently, he is one of the top four batsmen in the world.
In his current central contract, Williamson earns $440,000 yearly which is approximately 3.17 CR in Indian rupees.
- Pakistan – Babar Azam – 66 Lakhs, Sarfaraz Khan – 66 Lakhs and Azhar Ali – 44.28 Lakhs
Pakistan is the only international team to have three different captains for three different formats. Earlier, Sarfaraz Khan was the leader in all three formats but he has been sacked as captain from the shortest and the longest format.
The No.1 T20I batsman Babar Azam has been appointed as Pakistan’s T20 captain and Azhar Ali was appointed as their Test captain. Both are still finding their feet as captain.
At the moment, Babar Azam and Sarfaraz Khan receive 66 Lakhs yearly whereas Azhar Ali receives 44.28 Lakhs from the Pakistan Cricket board.
- India – Virat Kohli – 7 CR
The world’s best batsman across all the formats Virat Kohli earns 7 CR through the central contract. Just a few weeks ago, the central contracts were announced where only three players for the A+ contract and rightly so.
Only the players playing in all the three formats are entitled to the A+ contract and so only three players made that list. Virat Kohli doesn’t only play all the three formats but even captains the side. It isn’t easy to captain a side like India where the fans and media are constantly looking at you.
Virat Kohli is arguably the busiest cricketer in the world right now and so he deserves the amount of money he gets from the BCCI.
- England – Joe Root – 8.15 CR and Eoin Morgan – 2.56 CR
Eoin Morgan is the England white-ball captain who led the England ODI team to their first-ever World Cup win. Joe Root is an integral part of that side but he leads the team only in the longest format.
Eoin Morgan is doing a terrific job as the England white-ball captain. He will be looking forward to the World T20 later this year where he will be leading the England side.
In England, there are two different contracts, one for the Test players and the other for the white-ball players. The Test players earn 600,000 Euros whereas the white-ball players earn 275,000 Euros. Joe Root is a part of both the teams and so he earns from both the contracts but Morgan earns only from the white-ball contract.