Cricket shares many characteristics with baseball, but degree of compensation is not one of them. While the sport is not nearly as lucrative as America's pastime, salaries for the world's top cricket players blow away what most of us make. Insiders say Indian superstar Sachin Tendulkar is the highest-paid player in all of cricket, although most of his $15 million annual pay comes from endorsements. Several Australians are also very well paid. Ian Harvey makes about $800,000 a year.
Fishing isn't just a way for men to get away from their wives, get out on the water, enjoy sunshine, and drink beer all day. It's also a profitable venture for those are the most proficient at catching big ones.
In 2011, Cricket India had 24 players under contract; their minimum salary was roughly 25 Lakh rupees. Furthermore, they qualify for performance-based bonuses and all share in an $11 million pot allocated to player payments. That averages out to about $440,000 per head. That's a big chunk of change, but Indian fans will tell you that it's well earned. India won its first World Cup, the sport's biggest event, in 2011.
Grade A: Retainership Fees Rs 1 crors
Players in Grade A: Sachin Tendulkar, M S Dhoni, Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, V V S Laxmam, Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Sing, Zaheer Khan.
Grade B: Retainership Fees Rs 50 Lakh
Players in Grade B: Yuvraj Singh, Ishant Sharma, Ashish Nehra, Praveen Kumar, Virat Kohli, M Vijay, Pragyan Ojha.
Grade C: Retainership Fees Rs 25 Lakh
Players in Grade C: S Sreesanth, Amit Mishra, R Ashwin, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ravindra Jadeja, Abhimanyu Mithun, Vinay Kumar.
In addition to the Retainership fees players playing XI will also be paid the following:
Fees per Test Match – Rs 7 Lakh
Fees per ODI (One Day International) – Rs 4 Lakh
Fees per T20 Match – Rs 2 Lakh