What is the Salary of a Caribbean Premier League (CPL) player in the West Indies?

Aug 13, 2023 | Article Index, Finances & Cricket

Today we will discuss the salary of a Caribbean Premier League (CPL) player in the West Indies.

With the great T20 generation of the West Indies comprising of Gayle, Bravo, Pollard, Sammy, Russell, and more, the CPL has generated lots of hype over the years.

However, there’s one question on every cricket fan’s mind: just how much do these players make?

CPL Salary – By the Numbers

  • The average salary of a Caribbean Premier League (CPL) player is $45,882 (maximum 17 players in squad with a maximum purse of $780,000). Hence, the maximum salary cap for the entire CPL was $4.68 million for a maximum of 102 players, divided among 6 teams.
  • The average salary for a domestic Caribbean Premier League player is $40,993 ($2,992,500 purse for a total of 73 domestic players). The average salary for an overseas CPL cricketer is $60,089 ($1,682,500 for 28 signed overseas players).
  • In CPL 2020, the salary amounts were cut by 30% due to COVID induced financial problems. It is unclear if the payments are back to the original amounts (In this article, we present the original salary amounts. For CPL 2020, the salary was reduced by 30% for players earning above $20,000 per season. For example, Round 1 picks would get $112,000 instead of $160,000).
  • Compared to other leagues, CPL ranks at #9 in the richest cricket leagues (according to average salaries).

*Note: All amounts in US dollar ($).

The Caribbean Premier League (CPL) – How Much Was Each Draft Pick?

The draft picks range from $3,000 (Round 15) to $160,000 (Round 1).

In addition, 2 emerging West Indies players can be selected in Round 16 & 17. We estimate their earnings to be between $1,000-$3,000.

Draft PicksSalary Amounts
Round 1$160,000
Round 2$130,000
Round 3$110,000
Round 4$90,000
Round 5$70,000
Round 6$60,000
Round 7$40,000
Round 8 $30,000
Round 9$20,000
Round 10 $15,000
Round 11$10,000
Round 12$7,500
Round 13$5,000
Round 14$4,000
Round 15$3,000
Round 16-17$1,000-$3,000

Note*: The last public salary update was in 2020. Some of these amounts may have increased due to inflation and annual raises.

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CPL Draft Picks – Salary of Caribbean Premier League Player

Here were the rules for the 2023 CPL draft:

  • 17 maximum players per squad
  • 5 maximum overseas players squad
  • Teams can retain players from CPL 2022 & the 6ixty
  • 4 overseas signings should have been signed before the draft while the fifth spot could be signed at any point

*Note: The overseas & marquee signings may be higher than the draft round the players were picked in. Also, Trinbago Knight Riders’ individual player salaries for CPL 2023 may be slightly higher since they only signed 16 players instead of 17.

1. First Round Draft Pick ($160,000)

Imad Wasim CPL SalaryJamaica TallawahsSigned
Faf du Plessis CPL SalarySaint Lucia KingsSigned
Kieron Pollard CPL SalaryTrinbago Knight RidersRetained
Evin Lewis CPL SalarySt. Kitts & Nevis PatriotsRetained
Rovman Powell CPL SalaryBarbados RoyalsTransferred
Imran Tahir CPL SalaryGuyana Amazon WarriorsSigned

2. Second Round Draft Pick ($130,000)

Brandon King CPL SalaryJamaica TallawahsRetained
Johnson Charles CPL SalarySaint Lucia KingsRetained
Andre Russell CPL SalaryTrinbago Knight RidersRetained
Ambati Rayudu CPL Salary (Marquee)*St. Kitts & Nevis PatriotsSigned
Jason Holder CPL SalaryBarbados RoyalsRetained
Shimron Hetmyer CPL SalaryGuyana Amazon WarriorsRetained

*replacement for Tristan Stubbs

3. Third Round Draft Pick ($110,000)

Fabian Allen Jamaica TallawahsRetained
Sean Williams*Saint Lucia KingsSigned
Sunil Narine Trinbago Knight RidersRetained
Andre FletcherSt. Kitts & Nevis PatriotsRetained
Kyle MayersBarbados RoyalsRetained
Mohammad Haris/Rahmanullah Gurbaz*Guyana Amazon WarriorsSigned

*Sean Williams is the replacement for Dasun Shanaka. Gurbaz will come back in the second half, and Haris will fill in for him till then.

4. Fourth Round Draft Pick ($90,000)

Mohammad AmirJamaica TallawahsSigned
Alzarri JosephSaint Lucia KingsRetained
Nicholas Pooran Trinbago Knight RidersRetained
Sherfane RutherfordSt. Kitts & Nevis PatriotsRetained
Qais Ahmed/Mahesh Theekshana*Barbados RoyalsSigned
Odean SmithGuyana Amazon WarriorsRetained

*Theekshana will be at the Asia Cup for the first half of the tournament, and Qais Ahmed will fill in for him till he comes back.

5. Fifth Round Draft Pick ($70,000)

Alex Hales*Jamaica TallawahsSigned
Roston ChaseSaint Lucia KingsRetained
Rilee RossouwTrinbago Knight RidersSigned
Dominic DrakesSt. Kitts & Nevis PatriotsRetained
Laurie Evans*Barbados RoyalsSigned
Romario ShepherdGuyana Amazon WarriorsRetained

*Alex Hales replaces Naveen-ul-Haq. Evans is the replacement for Rassie van der Dussen.

6. Sixth Round Draft Pick ($60,000)

Chris GreenJamaica TallawahsSigned
Jair McAllisterSaint Lucia KingsDrafted
Akeal HoseinTrinbago Knight RidersRetained
Sheldon CottrellSt. Kitts & Nevis PatriotsRetained
Alick AthanazBarbados RoyalsDrafted
Azam KhanGuyana Amazon WarriorsSigned

7. Seventh Round Draft Pick ($40,000)

Ben CuttingJamaica TallawahsSigned
Sikandar RazaSaint Lucia KingsSigned
Dwayne BravoTrinbago Knight RidersTraded
George LindeSt. Kitts & Nevis PatriotsSigned
Obed McCoyBarbados RoyalsRetained
Shai HopeGuyana Amazon WarriorsRetained

8. Eighth Round Draft Pick ($30,000)

Jermaine BlackwoodJamaica TallawahsDrafted
Peter HatzoglouSaint Lucia KingsSigned
Martin GuptillTrinbago Knight RidersSigned
Yannick CariahSt. Kitts & Nevis PatriotsDrafted
Kevin WickhamBarbados RoyalsDrafted
Saim AyubGuyana Amazon WarriorsSigned

9. Ninth Round Draft Pick ($20,000)

Shamarh BrooksJamaica TallawahsRetained
Chris Sole/Bhanuka Rajapakskha*Saint Lucia KingsSigned
Noor AhmadTrinbago Knight RidersSigned
Oshane ThomasSt. Kitts & Nevis PatriotsTraded
Roelof Van der MerweBarbados RoyalsSigned
Gudakesh MotieGuyana Amazon WarriorsRetained

*Chris Sole will be avialbe for the first five matches, after which Rajapaksha comes into the squad.

10. Tenth Round Draft Pick ($15,000)

Hayden Walsh Jr.Jamaica TallawahsTransferred
Roshon PrimusSaint Lucia KingsRetained
Matheesha PathiranaTrinbago Knight RidersSigned
Corbin BoschSt. Kitts & Nevis PatriotsSigned
Akeem JordanBarbados RoyalsDrafted
Dwaine PretoriousGuyana Amazon WarriorsSigned

11. Eleventh Round Draft Pick ($10,000)

Raymon ReiferJamaica TallawahsRetained
Jeavor RoyalSaint Lucia KingsRetained
Jayden SealesTrinbago Knight RidersRetained
Dewald BrevisSt. Kitts & Nevis PatriotsSigned
Rakheem CornwallBarbados RoyalsRetained
Kevin SinclairGuyana Amazon WarriorsDrafted

12. Twelfth Round Draft Pick ($7,500)

Amir JangooJamaica TallawahsRetained
Shadrack DescarteSaint Lucia KingsDrafted
Mark DeyalTrinbago Knight RidersTransferred
Jyd GoolieSt. Kitts & Nevis PatriotsDrafted
Donovan FerreiraBarbados RoyalsSigned
Keemo PaulGuyana Amazon WarriorsRetained

13. Thirteenth Round Draft Pick ($5,000)

Steven TaylorJamaica TallawahsDrafted
Khary PierreSaint Lucia KingsTransferred
*Did not signTrinbago Knight RidersSigned
Izaharulhaq NaveedSt. Kitts & Nevis PatriotsSigned
Justin GreavesBarbados RoyalsRetained
Chandrapaul HemrajGuyana Amazon WarriorsRetained

14. Fourteeenth Round Draft Pick ($4,000)

Shamar SpringerJamaica TallawahsRetained
Leonardo JulienSaint Lucia KingsDrafted
Chadwick WaltonTrinbago Knight RidersDrafted
Kofi JamesSt. Kitts & Nevis PatriotsDrafted
Joshua BishopBarbados RoyalsRetained
Ronsford BeatonGuyana Amazon WarriorsDrafted

15. Fifteenth Round Draft Pick ($3,000)

Nicholson GordonJamaica TallawahsRetained
Matthew FordeSaint Lucia KingsRetained
Terrence HindsTrinbago Knight RidersDrafted
Joshua Da SilvaSt. Kitts & Nevis PatriotsRetained
Nyeem YoungBarbados RoyalsRetained
Kevlon AndersonGuyana Amazon WarriorsDrafted

16. Emerging Players (Rounds 16 & 17)

Kirk McKenzie, Joshua JamesJamaica TallawahsRetained, Retained
Kimani Melius, McKenny ClarkeSaint Lucia KingsDrafted, Retained
Kadeem Alleyne, Jaden CarmichaelTrinbago Knight RidersDrafted, Drafted
Ashmead Nedo, Johann LayneSt. Kitts & Nevis PatriotsDrafted, Drafted
Rivaldo Clarke, Ramon SimmondsBarbados RoyalsDrafted, Retained
Matthew Nandu, Junior SinclairGuyana Amazon WarriorsRetained, Retained

Final Thoughts

The CPL have revived Caribbean cricket financially, but what can be done to revive West Indies cricket in general?

Are the CPL salaries good enough to incentivize growth in West Indies cricket?

Why or why not? Comment below, would love to know about your thoughts!

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) – Salary of Caribbean Premier League (CPL) player

What is the average salary for a Caribbean Premier League (CPL) player in the West Indies?

The average salary of a Caribbean Premier League (CPL) player is $45,882 (maximum 17 players in squad with a maximum purse of $780,000). Hence, the maximum salary cap for the entire CPL was $4.68 million for a maximum of 102 players, divided among 6 teams.

Is Caribbean Premier League (CPL) the richest cricket league in the world?

No, the Indian Premier League (IPL) is the richest cricket league in the world. The CPL is the ninth richest cricket league in the world (based on average player salary).

How much money does Kieron Pollard make in the CPL in the West Indies?

Kieron Pollard makes $160,000 in the CPL in the West Indies

Who was the most expensive player in the CPL 2023 draft?

Imad Wasim, Faf du Plessis, Kieron Pollard, Evin Lewis, Rovman Powell, and Imran Tahir were the most expensive players in the CPL 2023 draft at $160,000. These signings were mixtures of overseas signings, trades/transfers, and retentions.

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