Indian Premier League founder and Commissioner, Lalit Modi, may have been living in exile in the UK but he continues to support the IPL and its players. The IPL has taken the world of cricket by a storm and has emerged as the richest cricket league in the world. The season that is held every year between April and May sees many untapped cricketers showing their talent on the field. At the moment, the 11th season is on and is one the most successful seasons ever.
Recently, Modi backed players to earn $1 million per match and warned that the longest form of cricket, Test cricket, will fade away soon.
“You will see players making $1-$2mn a game. 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. The IPL is here to stay. It will be the dominant sporting league in the world. Today international cricket does not matter. 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.”
Lalit Modi also criticized the ICC and cautioned the sport’s governing body and five-day Test matches could become irrelevant if the ICC decides against introducing the championship.
“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. 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.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.”
At present, Kolkata Knight Riders are leading the points tally with 5, followed by Sun Risers Hyderabad and Kings XI Punjab.