BRW’s top earning cricketers


BRW’s list of top 50 earning sport stars includes sport icons in basketball, golf, soccer, motor sports, cycling, surfing and of course cricket. Aussie cricket greats listed in the top 50 sport stars who have huge earnings which makes up a total of $158 million dollars between all 50 of them last year. Their earnings also include contracts with Indian Premier League and sponsors and corporate backers in India where they are hugely popular with Indian masses.

Here are the top earning cricketers in the list of top 50:

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6. Shane Watson. Cricket. $6.0m

Shane Watson leads a long list of millionaire cricketers. The opening batsman and part time bowler is in demand in all forms of the game. Apart from a multi-million deal with Cricket Australia, he got as much as $1.4 million from the Indian Premier League side the Rajasthan Royals in 2013. Has at least nine sponsors including Brut, Asics and Tag Heuer.

7. Michael Clarke. Cricket. $5.5m

Australia’s best batsmen and captain of the Ashes winning cricket team, Michael Clarke ranks second among our top earning cricketers and would have topped the ”˜cricket’ list had he taken part in the 2013 Indian Premier League. As captain, Clarke is highly valuable to personal sponsors and Cricket Australia’s corporate backers.

12. David Warner. Cricket. $3.8m

An all-round star who made his name in short-form cricket before establishing himself as a regular Test player. Income from the Indian Premier League and a raft of sponsors boost his Cricket Australia salary.

23. David Hussey. Cricket. $2.0m

Has a Cricket Australia contract and a $1.4 million Indian Premier League contract. His brother Mike Hussey also came close to making this year’s list despite having retired from the national side.

24. Ricky Ponting. Cricket. $2.0m

Retirement from the national side hasn’t prevented Ponting from making millions from cricket. Started 2013 with the Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League before signing short-term contracts with Surrey and Antigua. Released a book and secured work as a cricket commentator in 2013.

30. Brad Haddin. Cricket. $1.8m

A return to the Test team has led to a personal windfall for Brad Haddin’s whose international career looked over when he was replaced in the Australian side by Matthew Wade in 2012. One of the stars from the recent Ashes win and adept at all forms of the game.

31. Glenn Maxwell. Cricket. $1.8m

One of the big winners from the 2012 Indian Premier League auction where he got a $1 million deal with the Mumbai Indians. A regular in the national T20 and One Day International sides.

40. Cameron White. Cricket. $1.5m

The big hitting Victorian has been out of favour with national selectors but played a full season in the Indian Premier League in 2013, where he gets $1.2 million a year.

41. Brett Lee. Cricket. $1.5m

Player and “bowling mentor” in the 2013 Indian Premier League season for the Kolkata Knight Riders. Still highly attractive to sponsors in India where he promotes pet food and has his own clothing line.

42. Adam Gilchrist. Cricket. $1.5m

His Indian and Caribbean Premier League contracts alone are worth more than $1 million and few cricketers remain as popular as the former Australian wicket keeper. Retirement will see him miss the list in 2014 but he is still likely to remain attractive to sponsors – especially in India.

47. Ryan Harris. Cricket. $1.3m

The star fast bowler was integral to Australia’s reclaiming of the Ashes.


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