The term commission refers to the amount of money a player, team or organisation is paid by a sponsor after they win a match, series or tournament. We have compiled this list on the basis of their recent performance and their popularity among fans and countrymen.
Let’s take a look at some of the highest paid cricketers in the world:
10. AB DE VILLIERS (RSA) $1 MILLION
One of the most popular modern-day players, De Villiers has been one of most sought after bowlers in cricketing history due to his ability to change gears at will and make even the best bowling attack struggle. He has had several endorsement deals with the likes of Samsung, MRF Tyres and many more. He also has several charitable foundations that have been set up in his name.
9. DANIEL VETTORI (DEN) $1 MILLION
Vettori has played in over 270 one-day internationals since 2001 and is considered one of the most successful captains in modern day cricket as he led New Zealand to several series wins over teams such as West Indies, Pakistan and Australia – a feat not many captains have accomplished during their tenure. Thanks to these performances, he is among the top earners when it comes to endorsements and brand value which helps him collect around $1 million for every year in the international circuit.
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8. KIERON POLTOCK (AUS) $1 MILLION
A genuine all-rounder, Pollock is one of the few players in the cricketing world who have managed to score over 10,000 international runs and take over 400 wickets. As a result of this spectacular performance throughout his career, he has become extremely popular off the field as well – with several endorsements ranging from fast food chains like McDonalds to sports shoes company Puma. In fact, this popularity on and off the field helped him rake in around $1 million annually during his prime years in international cricket.
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7. SHANE WARNE (AUS) $2 MILLION
One of the best spin bowlers that modern day cricket has seen, Shane Warne is considered by many as the greatest leg spinner of all time. His performances over his long career have helped him earn several endorsements ranging from Puma, Castrol and many more. He has also been involved in several TV shows to promote cricketing activities around the world which has earned him close to $2 million every year during his international days.
6. STUART BROAD (ENG) $3 MILLION
One of the best fast bowlers that England has seen in recent times, Broad’s ability to swing both ways makes him a valuable asset for any team he plays for. This popularity on and off the field helped him rake in close to $3 million every year before the start of his international career. He also has several endorsements ranging from Puma to Head & Shoulders – all of which helped him earn around $3 million every year during his prime years in international cricket.
5. SHIKHAR DHAWAN (IND) $3 MILLION
The right-handed opener is one of the best batsmen India has seen over the last decade and a half due to his ability to play strokes on both sides of the wicket, especially against fast bowlers who have trouble getting past his defenses at times. Thanks to his popularity on and off the field, he has several brand endorsements ranging from Voltas Washing Machines, Hero Honda Motors and many more. This helped him rake in about $3 million every year during his prime years in international cricket.
4. MARCUS TONT (AUS) $3 MILLION
One of the greatest all-rounders in modern day cricket, Ponting has been a vital part of the Australian team’s success ever since he debuted in 1995 and played till 2012 – which included over 300 One Day Internationals and 80 Test matches for Australia. This popularity on the pitch coupled with endorsements ranging from Qantas Airlines to Spartan Sports helped him earn around $3 million a year before he retired from international cricket.
3. MICHAEL CLARKE (AUS) $5 MILLION
Clarke is one of the best batsmen that Australia has produced in someone and a significant part of his success has been down to the presence of greats like Ricky Ponting, Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath and Adam Gilchrist in the team. Thanks to this tremendous on-field performance coupled with several brand endorsements from the likes of MRF Tyres, Audi and many more – he was able to earn close to $5 million every year before retiring from international cricket in 2015
2. RAHUL DRAVID (IND) $5 MILLION
Rahul Dravid is one of the most consistent run scorers that modern day cricket has seen and along with Sachin Tendulkar, he is considered as one of the best batsmen ever produced by India. This consistency on the pitch and several brand endorsements from the likes of Reebok to WorldTel helped him earn close to $5 million every year before he finally called time on his international career in 2012.
1. SIKKIM MANIPAL UNIVERSITY (IND) $10 MILLION
Sikkim Manipal University is one of the best universities for sports management courses in India which has been running its flagship MBA course since 1995. This MBA course offers students the perfect platform to learn about everything related to the sport business industry thanks to their world-class faculty, amazing student life and great placements – all of which have made it an extremely sought after course by aspiring Indian sports management professionals looking to make a career move into this exciting industry that is getting bigger by the day.
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