`Punter’ Ponting becomes highest-earning member of a Oz Test team

November 14th, 2007 - 3:01 am ICT by admin  
According to The Age, Ponting has made the most of the vast commercial opportunities available to the holder of the most lucrative sporting post in the country.

His recent flurry of endorsements plus the release of his latest book, a plundering of the Indian market, a continuation of long-standing arrangements and the Valvoline deal have sent his earnings into another stratosphere.

Ponting’s manager, Sam Halvorsen, however, refused to comment on his client’s financial pickings.

The Sunday Age reveals that Ponting receives the top tier of payments from Cricket Australia of 800,000 dollars. Home Test fees per year total 160,000 dollars. Home one-day international fees amount to 72,000 dollars. One-day payments from overseas matches are 122,400 dollars. There was a 300,000 dollar bonus for winning the 2007 World Cup. Personal sponsorships and endorsements with companies such as Rexona, Gillette, Valvoline, Kookaburra and HarperSports rake in at least 2.5 million dollars per year.

Australia’s cricketers make a killing in cricket-obsessed India and Ponting is no exception. A prime example of lucrative one-off opportunities is Ponting’s recent deal with ING Vysya Bank. Ponting put his name to a promotion where the bank offered its 1.5 million customers the chance to have dinner with him if they won a slogan-writing contest.

Joining Ponting in the million-dollar-a-year club are Adam Gilchrist, Brett Lee, Michael Clarke, Mike Hussey and Matthew Hayden. Stuart MacGill has started making some extra cash by signing up to host a wine show called Stuart MacGill Uncorked to be screened on the Lifestyle channel on Foxtel. (ANI)

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