With the big news of the week being the announcement of a new eight-team English Twenty20 tournament, one-day captain Eoin Morgan believes it won’t be long before cricketers will be raking in huge salaries.
The Indian Premier League already handsomely rewards players for their efforts. Indeed, England team-mates Ben Stokes and Tymal Mills will be paid £1.7 million and £1.4 million for just five weeks’ work.
Once the new eight-team English tournament gets under way in 2020, Morgan thinks it won’t be long before players are making far greater sums.
As he told The Sun, “I’m sure in 10 years’ time you’ll get guys going for £5 million. It has the potential to be that big.
“Those figures will probably be reached in the IPL first but the money in the English event will be very good and, down the road, it will be huge.”
And do Twenty20 players deserve such salaries? Morgan believes they do: “Guys are paid a lot of money because they are worth it. You’re paid a lot of money because you’re capable of dealing with things that other people aren’t.”
Morgan has won 67 T20I caps for England and has played in both the IPL and Australia’s Big Bash. While Stokes and Mills attracted huge offers at this year’s IPL auction, the Dubliner received a comparatively modest £250,000 to represent the Kings XI Punjab.