New Indian Express – Founder chairman and commissioner of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Lalit Modi is back star gazing.


  • He sure knows a thing or two about marketing cricket and when he says players in the T20 league will earn one million dollars a match, one has to take him seriously.
  • Only the Australians are free to play in the IPL, though Cricket Australia pulled out some of their fast bowlers ahead of an Ashes series.
  • If the top 27 stars in NBA get paid upwards of $23m, the IPL’s mascot Kohli takes home `17 crore for playing a little over a month-and-a-half or 14 matches, and it is as impressive when you say he is paid $2.5 million.
  • Some former stars say the money pouring into IPL is ruining traditional cricket and Modi put it bluntly that Test cricket will soon become a four-day affair, taking a cue from the ICC which is even toying with the idea of dividing international cricket into two divisions.
  • For the time being, two of its star players Rashid Khan and Mohammed Nabi (Both SunRisers Hyderabad), and exciting 17-year-old of-spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman (Kings XI Punjab) and chinaman bowler Zaheer Khan Pakteen (Rajasthan Royals) are causing ripples in the IPL.

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