Indian Captain Virat Kohli is second on the list of highest-paid captains in International Cricket, reports Wion. The 32-year-old has an annual salary of INR 7 crore per year. The skipper is under the A+ contract category of BCCI along with Rohit Sharma, and Jasprit Bumrah. These players play in all three formats, giving them a chance to earn a bigger amount of match fees.
BCCI announced a new pay structure which will be followed between October 2020 and September 2021. The grade pay list has been divided into four categories by BCCI- A+, A, B, and C. Players in the A+ category end up earning Rs 7 crores, while players under the A category pocket up to Rs 5 crores. B and C category players will end up earning Rs 3 crores and Rs 1 crore, respectively.
The duo of English captains Joe Root and Eoin Morgan lead the list by earning a staggering annual salary of Rs 8.98 Crore from the England Cricket Board (ECB). The Australian duo of Aaron Finch and Tim Paine are third on the list. Aaron Finch the limited-overs side, whereas, Tim Paine leads the Test outfit for the Aussies. Both captains earn $1 million as a yearly salary by Cricket Australia. The captains of South Africa (Dean Elgar and Temba Bavuna) and New Zealand (Kane Williamson) end up in the top 5 places.
Kohli’s overall earnings are better than any active cricketer on the planet. He boasts a terrific brand value and has signed numerous lucrative endorsement deals. The Indian captain featured at number 66 in the athlete list of Forbes 2020. Virat Kohli also has the best brand value amongst sports personalities in India.
The Full List from Wion
- Joe Root and Eoin Morgan (England)
- Virat Kohli (India)
- Aaron Finch and Tim Paine (Australia)
- Dean Elgar and Temba Bavuna (South Africa)
- Kane Williamson (New Zealand)
- Kieron Pollard and Kraigg Brathwaite (West Indies)
- Babar Azam (Pakistan)
- Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Perera (Sri Lanka)