While the 11 players who play in a cricket match get the well-deserved recognition if they win, there is more to a side than just them. The sport is also about how much the coach influences the players to do well, motivate them after a poor outing, and to get the best out of them by injecting positivity into them. The coach is also responsible for designing strategies and the blueprints for victory while the captain takes charge of all the happenings on the field.
Hence, coaches not only need to have the requisite knowledge of the game, but they also require experience and must be excellent man-managers to keep the players in the right frame of mind. All these traits make an individual an expert in coaching and help deliver the desired results for the team. And based on all these attributes, they get their paycheques.
We take a look at the top ten highest-paid cricket coaches today:
1. Lalchand Rajput, Zimbabwe – INR 35.8 lakhs:
Lalchand Rajput took charge from Heath Streak back in 2018, having a wealth of coaching experience behind him, mentoring the Indian cricket team before. Lalchand Rajput was notably the Indian team’s manager during the 2007 T20 World Cup. Despite that, Rajput has not been able to turn Zimbabwe’s fortunes around, having yet to recover from a slump.
While the Zimbabwean team of the 1990s was hugely competitive, scoring victories over the likes of India and South Africa, but they haven’t been the same since the last decade. The African nation could not even qualify for the 2019 World Cup and while there have been promising performances here and there, it has been far from consistent. Rajput, who earns $ 49,240 per annum from the board, has a massive responsibility ahead of him.
2. Phil Simmons, West Indies – INR 64.5 lakhs:
West Indian coach Phil Simmons replaced Floyd Reiffer in 2019 and has done a decent job so far. While the West Indies has little to show in terms of rankings, they have a bunch of formidable players, who could be world-beaters on their day. The likes Of Kieron Pollard, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, Sheldon Cottrell, Fabian Allen are highly promising cricketers.
Under Phil Simmons, West Indies challenged England in their backyard last year and beat Bangladesh and Sri Lanka earlier this year. The Trinidad and Tobago lad, who fetches $ 0.09 m from the Cricket West Indies (CWI), will have his eyes on the blockbuster visits from South Africa, Australia, and Pakistan, starting June 9th. But most of all, the former Caribbean batsman will set his sights on defending their World T20 crown this year.
3. Mark Boucher, South Africa – INR 1.05 crores:
Former South African keeper-batsman Mark Boucher returned as the head coach of the national team in late 2019, replacing Ottis Gibson. But Mark Boucher has had a see-saw time with the side with the Proteas mostly underperforming on his watch. The former gloveman’s tenure started with the home series defeat to England, losing the four-Test rubber by 3-1.
South Africa also lost to Pakistan home and away across formats this year. The 44-year old has the responsibility to gather the bunch of promising players South Africa has and instill self-belief in them to bring back the glory days in South African cricket. As for his pay, Boucher receives $ 0.15 m from Cricket South Africa (CSA) for his task.
4. Russell Domingo, Bangladesh – INR 1.29 crores:
Russell Domingo, the former South African cricketer, was appointed as Bangladesh’s coach in 2019, replacing Steve Rhodes. Russell Domingo is one of the few men on this list, having significant coaching experience, having also served as one for South Africa in the past. The former Proteas player is said to have great man-management skills and motivates players to death.
And while Bangladesh has taken rapid strides by challenging and defeating some prominent sides, they still need discipline and consistency. Under the 46-year old, Bangladesh register ODI series victories over West Indies and Sri Lanka at home; however, they have also suffered some mighty lows. Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) pays Dominigo INR 1.29 Crore per annum.
5. Gary Stead, New Zealand – INR 1.73 crores:
New Zealand has been playing some memorable cricket in the past few years, establishing its dominance globally and no longer known as the underdogs. Under Gary Stead, New Zealand has also performed outstandingly in the ICC events, reaching the final of the 2019 World Cup and the Test Championship final. The Kiwis have a remarkable opportunity to defeat India in the final and claim the ultimate prize in the format.
The likes of Kane Williamson, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson, and Tom Latham have been the bedrock of their teams across formats, while Mitchell Santner, Colin de Grandhomme, BJ Watling, and Neil Wagner have been equally excellent in their roles. Gary Stead, who enjoys a yearly amount of $ 0.25 m from the board, seems like he prefers to work behind the scenes and hates the limelight. Nevertheless, his presence has worked wonders for them.
6. Misbah-Ul-Haq, Pakistan – INR 1.79 crores:
Pakistan head coach and former batsman Misbah-Ul-Haq has been in the spotlight for quite some time now as former cricketers have accused him of conservativeness. The former Pakistan skipper replaced Mickey Arthur, who the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) shockingly axed after the 2019 World Cup. At the start, the 46-year old was the chief selector too but resigned from the post after a few months.
Although there have been some fair accusations against him, Pakistan has performed decently, notably beating South Africa home and away, while also beating Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. However, he would know that much tougher challenges await for him that needs conquering. The former middle-order batsman earns a paycheque of INR 1.79 crores from the PCB.
7. Mickey Arthur, Sri Lanka – INR 3.44 crores:
South African-born Mickey Arthur is one of the most experienced coaches today, having served South Africa, Australia, and Pakistan in the past. Mickey Arthur joined the Sri Lankan set-up as a mentor and later became their head coach. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) unexpectedly decided to axe him after delivering some incredible wins for them in the 2019 World Cup.
As for his tenure with Sri Lanka, Arthur has undergone a tough time with them since the national team has struggled to find the much-required stability. Kusal Perera, Sri Lanka’s new limited-overs skipper, could not enjoy success in Bangladesh, with the England tour in jeopardy as the cricketers have refused to sign the new contracts due to a lack of transparency. Yet, Mickey earns a significant annual pay of $ 0.46 m from the board.
8. Chris Silverwood, England – INR 4.65 crores:
Coming next on the list is England’s Chris Silverwood, who replaced Trevor Bayliss after the 2019 Ashes series at home. Chris Silverwood has done a respectable job thus far, maintaining their white-ball dominance and achieving mixed results in Test cricket, notably as England suffered a series defeat in India.
Under the former England paceman, England thoroughly dominated South Africa; however, they sustained ODI series losses to India and Australia. The upcoming home Test series against India and an away Ashes rubber would be significant in Silverwood’s coaching career as it would be an accurate measure of England’s progress. Nevertheless, he enjoys $ 0.60 m per annum from the England and Wales Cricket Board.
9. Justin Langer, Australia – INR 4.67 crores:
Former Australian cricketer Justin Langer was a prominent figure in Australia’s dominant era in world cricket, forging an outstanding opening partnership with Matthew Hayden in Tests. In 105 Tests, Langer amassed 7696 runs. The Western Australian took charge from Darren Lehmann in the aftermath of the ball-tampering scandal of 2018, shattering their confidence.
But Langer has done a tremendous job in putting the team back together and instilling self-belief. While Australia still needs to play consistent cricket, the 50-year old has achieved some great things so far, including an ODI series win in India and retaining the Ashes in 2019. He receives a paycheque of $ 0.61 m from Cricket Australia.
10. Ravi Shastri, India – INR 10 crores:
With the BCCI being the richest board in the world, Indian head coach Ravi Shastri occupies the top spot as the highest-paid coach. Ravi Shastri remained in contention for the position in 2016; however, Anil Kumble pipped him for the post. But the former Indian spinner controversially stepping down played into Shastri’s hands and he got the job.
Though Shastri has been a meme material, he has enjoyed success across formats globally; however, the former Indian cricketer will now eye delivering for India an ICC trophy. As one of the most influential coaches, Ravi Shastri earns a whopping INR 9.5 to 10 crores per annum.