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Professional cricketers play for their club or county side in league and cup competitions, and some go on to play at international level.

Potential salary
Working hours
40 to 44 variable
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • ambition and a desire to succeed
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • physical skills like movement, coordination, dexterity and grace
  • the ability to monitor your own performance and that of your colleagues
  • physical fitness and endurance
  • knowledge of human resources and employment law
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • practising batting, bowling and fielding skills
  • building up your fitness with strength and conditioning coaches
  • working with physiotherapists to treat any injuries
  • reviewing videos of your games to identify areas for improvement
  • discussing team tactics for games
  • playing competitive matches
  • travelling to play matches, including overseas on international tours
  • taking part in promotional and media activities for your team
  • mentoring younger players

You could work at a sports arena or on a sports field.

Your working environment may be outdoors in all weathers, physically demanding and you may spend nights away from home.

You could move into coaching with clubs, schools and colleges. Your experience would also be useful for jobs in community sports development, sports science or sports management.

You might also re-train to become a sports journalist, physiotherapist or PE teacher.

You can find out more about becoming a professional cricketer from the England and Wales Cricket Board.

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