Everyone of us are already aware of big money, that is attached to the game of cricket. But it has come into the limelight, with the bidding of players for the IPL.
With an average cost of about $5,000,000 for the players in a team, the total player cost for all 7 teams combined together comes to $35,000,000. Some players who had strong recent performances, were bid for unprecedented amounts (Ishant Sharma, Andrew Symonds…).
Couple of questions come to my mind. Is such a costly bidding necessary for pulling players into the teams? I understand the logic in case of foreign players, who have to be lured to participate in IPL. But why the same for Indian players?
Secondly, will IPL be a hit in the cricketing world. I have my misgivings on this. There were mixed responses to the 20-20 world cup. So the response that IPL evokes, is something to look for.
At this juncture, I remember the quote from our Thalaivar in Sivaji. “Rich get richer, poor get poorer” (Substitute “Cricketers” for “Rich” in the previous sentence) 🙂