By now even part-time cricket followers will be aware of the future scenario in which the world’s best players are owned by IPL franchises on multiyear, multitournament, multimillion-dollar contracts. They would then be “leased” back to their countries to play in the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) annual World Cup. If they are fit and “willing” — the player and the franchise.

When the England Cricket Board (ECB) eventually give up on their silly Hundred tournament, turn it into another T20 competition and sell the teams to the IPL, world domination will be almost complete. If the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) do actually team up with the Saudis and make their players available for yet another new league — a second IPL, effectively — it will be complete...

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