The world’s second most popular sport after association football is Cricket. This bat-and-ball game derived its name from the Old English “crick” or “cryce” meaning a crutch or staff. At present it has many as 120 million players in several countries. Though it has become nothing less than a national festival in many countries, Cricket owes its origin to England. By the end of the 18th century, it had become the national sport of England.
Over the years the game has evolved and turned out to be an industry worth millions. Besides their normal salaries, the players earn from match payments, contracts, endorsements, match prizes etc. So it is interesting to know the net worth of the players of this gentleman’s game. In the country of it origin, i.e. England the following are the top 10 richest cricket players in 2018:
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List of Top 10 Richest Cricketers in England in 2018
10. Eoin Morgan:
Eoin Joseph Gerard Morgan, born on 10th of September, 1986, is an Irish cricketer currently leading the English ODI team. He is a left handed batsman with the right-arm medium bowling style. He played 21 ODI and 8 T20 matches. His retainer fee is £700,000, Test matches fee is £12000, ODI fee is £5000 and T20 is £2500.
9. Jos Butler:
Joseph Charles Butler is an English cricketer born on 8th September 1990. He is a right-handed batsman who is the Vice-Captain of England ODI team. He also plays as the wicket keeper. His basic salary is £700, 000, Test Fees £12,000, ODI Fee £5000 and T20 Fee is £2500.
8. Graeme Swann:
Graeme Peter Swann was born on 24th of March 1979 in England. He is a former international cricketer for England. He is a right handed batsman, a slip fielder and has a right arm off break bowling style. His basic salary is £700,000, Test Fees £12,000, ODI Fee £5000 and T20 Fee is £2500.
7. Moeen Ali:
Moeen Munir Ali, born on 18th of June 1987, is a left-handed batsman and right-arm off-spin bowler. He represents England in all formats of the game. He was named one of the Cricketers of the Year in the 2015 Wisden Cricketers’ Almanac. His basic salary is £700, 000, Test Fees £12,000, ODI Fee £5000 and T20 Fee is £2500.
6. Stuart Broad:
Born on 24th of June, 1986, Stuart Christopher John Broad plays both Test and ODI cricket for England. He is a left-handed batsman and right-arm bowler& he is a good athlete also. In August 2006 he was voted the Cricket Writers’ Club Young Cricketer of the Year. He created cricketing history at the 2007 ICC World Twenty20 tournament by making six sixes in a single over to Indian batsman Yuvraj Singh. His basic salary is £700, 000, Test Fees £12,000, ODI Fee £5000 and T20 Fee is £2500.
5. James Anderson:
James Michael “Jimmy” Anderson, born on 30th of July 1982 plays for Lancashire and the England cricket team. He is a left handed batsman and a right-arm pace bowler. He made his international debut at the age of 20 in 2002-03, on England’s tour of Australia. His basic salary is £700,000, Test Fees £12,000, ODI Fee £5000 and T20 Fee is £2500.
4. Andrew Flintoff:
Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff, born on 6th of December 1977 is a former England Test international cricketer. He has also played for Chennai Super Kings in the IPL. He is 6′ 4″ tall, a fast bowler, batsman and a slip fielder. He was consistently rated by the ICC as being among the top international all-rounders in both ODI and Test cricket. After his debut in 1998, he served the English cricket team as both captain and vice-captain. His net worth is $15 million.
3. Alastair Cook:
Alastair Nathan Cook, born 25th of December 1984 is a left-handed opening batsman. He is the captain of the England’s Test team and former ODI captain. He is one of the highest paid cricketers in England. His basic salary is £850,000, Captain Fees £300,000, Test Fees £12,000, ODI Fee £5000 and T20 Fee is £3500. His net worth is around $10 million.
2. Ian Ronald Bell:
Born on 11th of April, 1982, Ian Ronald Bell is a right handed batsman. He is a right-arm medium pace bowler and fields at the slip. He has scored centuries in twenty-two Test matches and four ODIs. He is one of the few batsmen to score a test century against all test playing nations (except Zimbabwe). He has been receiving retainer fee of £700,000, Test Fee of £12,000, ODI Fee of £5,000 and T20 fee of £2,500.
1. Kevin Peter Pietersen:
Kevin Peter Pietersen was born on 27th of June, 1980. He is a right-handed batsman and occasional off spin bowler. He has been signed by the Rising Pune Supergiant’s for the 2016 season of the Indian Premier League. He is currently playing for Twenty 20 and Surrey. The player earns a salary of 1 Million USD. His net worth is about $7.5 million. This does not include his IPL bonus. His basic salary is £700,000, Test match fee is £12000, ODI Fee £5000 and T20 £ 2500.
These are the top ten cricketers of England at present in terms of their earnings. They have made it big in their careers and by that virtue they have been able to earn accolades from their fans worldwide.