Board of Control for Cricket in India is the richest cricket body in the world. Its national coach is paid 100 per cent more than any other highest paid cricket coach in the world. But that is not true about its national team captain – Virat Kohli, who is leading India in all three formats of the game.
Yes. Australian captain Steve Smith is getting 47% more than what Kohli is paid by the BCCI. Only cricketer to figure in Forbs’ latest list of 100 richest sportspersons, Kolhi is earning an approximately $ 1 million (INR 6.5 crore) on account of salaries from the BCCI, while Smith is getting $ 1.469 million (INR 9.55 crore) from Cricket Australia.
Interestingly, Simth’s salary is 20 times more than what Zimbabwe captain Graeme Cremer draws from his national cricket board – Zimbabwe Cricket Union. Cremer earns $86,000.
ESPNCricinfso has published a study on how much the contemporary cricketers are earning from the sport.
Even if Kohli is drawing lesser than Smith, BCCI is reported as the highest paying governing body in Tests. Indian Test players are getting $23,380 (INR 15.20 lakh) per game.
The Pakistani cricketers are reportedly among the worst paid in international cricket.
A top Pakistan player gets an annual retainership of $74,014 (INR 48.12 lakh) that is marginally less than the top contract fee of $75,000 (INR 48.76) an Irish player gets. Ireland’s top salary is also higher than what Bangladesh and Zimbabwe boards pay to their players.