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Cricket Has Made A Solid Move From The Petrodollar To Richie Rich World!

Quite a few events have occurred over the last two days in the cricket world. For straightforward reasons, the news from Durban that the International Cricket Council (ICC) — in which the BCCI Secretary Jay Shah is a Director; he is also the Chairman of the ICC Finance and Commercial Affairs Committee — has resolved to introduce equal prize money structure for winning the title and matches in the ICC events like the World Cup, Twenty20 World Cup and the under 19 World Cup. While this is a happy tidings, the start of the Major League Cricket across the Atlantic is viewed as achieving a breakthrough in the American market. Almost three decades ago, Dr Ali Bacher, a former South Africa captain and marketing genius, had said that only a game of 25 or 20 overs lasting around three hours  — like baseball — could capture the imagination of the Americans. That’s exactly what has happened, albeit after quite a few attempts, and thanks to the considerable interest demonstrated by four IPL franchise teams and also the involvement of Cricket Victoria and Cricket New South Wales in the two other teams. Cricket has now genuinely moved from the petrodollar world to the Richie Rich world! With the blessings of Cricket USA and the ICC, the MLC is poised to become big, with professional cricket making its debut with a match between Texas Super Kings and Los Angeles Knight Riders.