Mumbai:The IPL bonanza has made one revolutionary change to India cricket. The young and restless cricketers - players who don't fit into the India team - are all set earn huge money.
Twenty-four-year-old Abhishek Nair is an all-rounder in the Mumbai Ranji Team. But after the sale of the stars, the franchisees of the Indian Premier League are shopping for the young guns.
There was a time in Indian cricket when one bad series would mean the player would lose his spot in the national team and very often losing his name, fame and money.
But with the birth of the billion dollar baby called IPL, young players, even if they don't find a place in the national squad, are no longer financially threatened.
"When I was 21-22, I was going through a bad patch and I did contemplate about quitting as I was worried I would not earn enough. As a Ranji player I used to earn around Rs 8 lakh a year if I got a chance to play for the entire year. Now earning more has meant I can concentrate on the game without having to worry about finances. IPL has been great," said Abhishek.
According to IPL rules, apart from the eight international players every team must recruit local talent. There should be four zonal players from the catchment area, who will be annually paid a minimum of US $50,000, and another four from the Under 22 level, who will pocket a cool $20,000 per year.
The big daddies of Indian Cricket are all for young talented players getting international exposure and the security of a healthy income.