Lalit Modi Predicts Death of International Cricket

In an astonishing statement, Lalit Modi, the former IPL commissioner, and now a fugitive , has predicted natural death of international cricket.

According to god father of the Indian Premier League, this competition is here to stay, and will soon become one of the most watched sporting extravaganza.

"The IPL is here to stay," Modi told Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper in an interview published Thursday. "It will be the dominant sporting league in the world."

He believes that if salary cap is relaxed in the league, players could earn on the lines of English Premier League and National Football League.

“You will see players making $1-$2m a game," said Modi. "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."

He lambasted ICC, calling them irrelevant and even predicted an extinction of bilateral series.

"Today international cricket does not matter," he said. "It is of zero value to the Indian fan.

"Tomorrow you will see bilateral cricket disappear," Modi added. "Big series will happen once every three or four years like the World Cup.

"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."

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