Indian Premier League founder Lalit Modi forecasts there will come a time when a cricketer could earn $1 million per game playing a single IPL match.
The brain master of the most lucrative franchise based T20 tournament on earth right now, Modi said, “The IPL is here to stay. It will be the dominant sporting league in the world.”
“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.”
All the cricketing nations except Sri Lanka imitated the Indian Premier League to make a league of their own and the bamboozling shortest format show are receiving jeering crowd support all over the world.
“Today international cricket does not matter,” he said. “It is of zero value to the Indian fan.
“Tomorrow you will see bilateral cricket disappear,” Modi added. “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 it is going to be 20-times the size of international cricket,” he said.
Backing the long talked Test championship for the survival of the purest of cricket, Modi therefore said, “I think there is a window for Test cricket and a World Test championship will survive if all nations get together and make it a proper tournament,” he explained.
“But it has to be a championship. If the ICC does not do it I see no reason why the IPL would not do it instead as a knockout IPL Test championship.”
The former chairperson of the Indian Premier League is now residing in London and have not returned to the native country since 2009 when Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had founded him guilty eight offences relating to irregularities in the administration of the Indian Premier League although he himself denied all accusations.