OK, the draft for the Indian Premier League was held yesterday… perhaps “draft” isn’t the right word, but rather “auction”. Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds earned himself US$1.47M in his own pocket for playing Twenty20 Cricket topped the bidding. I just cannot fathom where this money is coming from… why are we paying such huge amounts for what is at the moment a version of cricket in its infancy and really is a bit of a hit and giggle!
This article though sums up some of my thoughts on this. Why? Why can India – a country of extreme contrasts between the rich and poor – tolerate such expenditure? It just absolutely stokes me about the dollars dealed out.
Here is the list of who got what… (link) Perhaps the most obvious oddity to me, not picked up in the press, is that Cameron White – who I watched on tele last night leading Victoria against NSW in front of 3 men and a dog at the SCG, picked up $546K – more than Australian captain Ricky Ponting.
You have to wonder where this will be in 5 years time??