The Indian Premier League has become a well-established since its beginnings in 2008. The Twenty20 format now attracts top players from around the cricketing world. Founder of the IPL, Lalit Modi, spoke to Britain’s Daily Telegraph about the 10-year-old league.
Lalit Modi Comments on the Indian Premier League
The Indian Premier League has become one of the most lucrative cricketing tournaments around the world. While other countries may have started domestic franchise cricket tournaments, none have reached the popularity of the IPL.
Modi stated: “The IPL is here to stay. It will be the dominant sporting league in the world.”
He further commented: “You will see players making $1-$2 million 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.”
At this time, the IPL team salary is capped at $12 million. Modi believes that if the salary cap is lifted, it is possible that players could earn as much as $1 million for a single game. Should the cap be relaxed, players could be earning as much as those in other leagues, such as the NFL or English Premier League Football.
Impact on International Cricket
Modi is of the opinion that should the IPL salary cap be lifted, it will have an important impact on international cricket. With the possibility of higher salaries, players may choose to play league cricket rather than for their countries.
Modi went as far as saying that he believes that cricket played with one country against another could be coming to an end.
Modi said: “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.”
He predicts that the ICC would become irrelevant, and that they may wish to “throw India out if they try to expand the IPL.” Modi feels that India is large enough to stand on its own, and that the domestic league is the future of cricket.