The stark difference between the payments of Australia and Bangladesh players
Bangladesh registered their first ever Test victory over Australia today in Dhaka.
Published - Aug 30, 2017 9:54 pm | Updated - Aug 30, 2017 9:54 pm
The pay dispute between Australia Cricket Association (ACA) and Cricket Australia (CA) drew unwanted attention and was one of the biggest controversies in the cricket. Australia cricketers were even unemployed during that period post Champions Trophy and even threatened to not tour unless the issue was resolved. However, a Reddit user has revealed the stark difference between the payments made to the players of the Bangladesh and Australia teams yearly.
Few hours after Bangladesh’s historic win over the Kangaroos the payments were revealed by a user with the account name as ‘usingthisaccountnow’. The user posted an image which displayed the huge contrast between the amounts being paid to the cricketers of both countries.
The fees of three players from either side were displayed on that image. If that image is to be believed, Aussie skipper Steve Smith is being paid a whopping 1.12 million USD per year as compared to 30,798 USD which his counterpart Mushfiqur Rahim earns. David Warner and Glenn Maxwell earn 900,000 USD per year to play for the national team. On the other hand, other Bangladeshi cricketers like Shakib Al Hasan and Taijul Islam are paid 30,489 USD and 11,477 USD respectively.
Bangladesh scripted a historic win
Earlier today, Bangladesh won their first ever Test against Australia and created history. The Tigers are hosting the Kangaroos for two match Test series. Shakib bagged the Man of the Match award for his 10-wicket haul and 84 runs in the first innings with the bat in his landmark 50th Test. The second and final Test of the series will be played in Chittagong from 4th September.
Fans across the country celebrated the victory like a festival as soon as Taijul dismissed Hazlewood to bowl Australia out for 244, 20 short of the target. Though the amount being paid is hugely different for the players from both the countries, the passion with which they play their cricket is always the same and it showed the way both the teams played over last 4 days.