The Australian team captain, Steve Smith, is the best paid cricketer at the moment, with Virat Kohli next in line. Smith earns $1.469 a year, and is known as the best Test batsman. Kohli’s salary is approximately $1 million.
Although Kohli’s salary is smaller than Smith’s, his actual earnings are higher when his other earnings are added into the mix. Kohli has income from both IPL fees and brand endorsements.
Indian Test cricket players receive a huge $23,380 per game. The team India players are the best-paid in the cricket world. Next comes the Australian cricket team who earn approximately half that amount when they play at home games.
Indian Head Coach Earns the Highest Salary in His Field
The head coach of the Indian cricket team, Ravi Shastri, earns the highest salary amongst cricket coaches. Not only does he earn more than other coaches, he earns more than India’s skipper, Virat Kohli.
While Kohli may have other sources of income, his basic pay is still lower than the head coach. Shastri draws a salary of $1.17 million a year. Out of the international cricket team coaches, Shastri is the only one who earns over $1 million.
Darren Lehmann, the Australian cricket team coach is the second-highest paid coach, and he earns approximately half of Shastri’s salary at $0.55 million. The England cricket team coach, Trevor Bayliss, earns a little less than the Australian team coach with $0.52 million a year.
It is interesting to note that the Australian and England cricket team coaches earn approximately half of what their top players earn, while Shastri earns more than India’s top paid player’s base salary.
Worst Paid Cricket Teams
Pakistan and Ireland have lower paid cricket teams with their top players earning between $74,000 and $75,000. However, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe pay their top players even less than that.