Indian Premier League former chairman and commissioner Lalit Modi believes the cricketers will soon start earning over $1 million for a single match in the professional league.
If Modi were to be believed, then soon IPL players will earn more than $ 1 million per game. In an interview with UK’s Daily Telegraph newspaper, Modi has said that the IPL has tremendous potential to further grow commercially and make the cricketers salary on a par with the top global sporting leagues.
“The IPL is here to stay and be one of the most dominant leagues in the sporting world,” Modi said in an interaction with the newspaper.
According to Modi, IPL teams are bankrolled by wealthy businessmen who if the salary cap is removed can pay anything for the world’s top talent. He further asserts that if that $12 million cap is relaxed, leading IPL players could earn as much as English Premier League footballers and even NFL stars.”You will see players making $1-$2m a game,” said Modi. “It will happen sooner rather than later. In a free market, the person with the deepest pockets will win. The players will gravitate towards who pays the biggest salary.”
In another chilling statement, Modi also claimed that bilateral cricket will die sooner than later. He sounded a warning that the traditional programme of matches between countries “will disappear”.
The huge salaries of IPL will have a huge impact on international cricket, with players torn between making an IPL fortune or representing their countries.
The London-based Modi also forecast the demise of the International Cricket Council, the sport’s global governing body. “Today international cricket does not matter,” he said. “It is of zero value to the Indian fan.
“Tomorrow you will see bilateral cricket disappear. Big series will happen once every three or four years like the World Cup.
“The ICC will become an irrelevant body. It will be full of fat lugs who have no power. They can scream and shout now and in the future, they will threaten to throw India out if they try to expand the IPL. But India has the power to stand on its own feet… They have a domestic league that is going to be 20-times the size of the international cricket.”
Modi said the only way five-day international Test cricket, long regarded as the pinnacle of the sport, could survive was if the ICC introduced a long talked-about championship cycle for Test matches.