Ranking top 7 overseas countries according to the money their cricketers earned from IPL
Which overseas country earned the most in IPL history?
Updated - Nov 24, 2020 5:21 pm
As the most followed T20 league in the World, the Indian Premier League (IPL) boasts of being one of, if not the richest cricket event. There’s the obvious glamour of fancy endorsements, big-money commercial rights, and exorbitant presentations that speaks for the IPL’s grandeurs.
But even putting these show-biz aspects aside- across its 13-year-history, the IPL has produced countless stories of local players turning their financial luck around. Not only are these incredible, rags-to-riches journeys immensely motivating, but these examples also emphasize the immense commercial success that the IPL is.
But as it turns out, it’s not just the Indian players who earn big in the IPL. A comprehensive analysis of stats shows that 7 Test-playing countries have earned a fortune with their players competing in the IPL. Which countries are these? Exactly how much have they earned?
Let’s try to find out, as we rank the top 7 foreign countries according to the money their cricketers earned from IPL
7. Bangladesh: INR 28.58 Crores
India’s Eastern cross-country neighbors haven’t been the most prolific IPL participants. Although their tryst with the cash-rich league dates back to the inaugural 2008 season itself; where Mashrafe Mortaza, Abdul Razzak, and Mohammad Ashraful were associated with Kolkata, Bangalore and Mumbai respectively, it took Bangladeshi players quite a while to make their IPL presence felt.
It wasn’t until Shakib Al Hasan’s victorious 2012 campaign with KKR that Bangladesh players really started to come to the fore. Shakib stayed with the Knight Riders for five more seasons before he was snapped up by the Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2018 for INR 2.8 Crores; the all-time highest price for a Bangladeshi player in the tourney.
Statistically, though, Shakib’s fellow national teammate, Mustafizur Rahman, has been the more impactful Bangladeshi performer. The lanky left-arm quick was at his fiery best in 2016, where he scalped 17 wickets in SRH’s title-winning season. That performance even earned him the Emerging Player award that year, and as of now, ‘Fizz’ is the only foreign player with that particular title to his name. His last IPL stint dates back to 2018 with MI, where he was acquired at a whopping INR 2.2 Crores.