Former Indian captain and Bangalore IPL team Royal Challengers’ icon player Rahul Dravid thinks the Indian Premier League’s success will depend on the way it rolls out its inaugural edition.
The Bangalore IPL team, Christened Royal Challengers, is promoted by liquor baron Vijay Mallya of the UB Group.
Rahul Dravid told a news agency that people expect top class cricket in the IPL matches and the Twenty20 competition’s success depends on whether the domestic and international players provide that to viewers.
Rahul Dravid, who will earn around 4 crore rupees, also said he was not sure whether IPL would boost the fortunes in the long run or affect it adversely.
Rahul Dravid says only time will tell how IPL boost cricket’s fortunes, adding the price of players did not reflect the players’ capabilities.
For example, Aussie skipper Ricky Ponting, who would play for Kolkata IPL team promoted by Shah Rukh Khan, would earn less than rookie Indian pacer Ishant Sharma.
Every IPL team can have only four foreign players in the playing eleven. Moreover, teams with icon players like Bangalore (Rahul Dravid) and Mumbai (Sachin Tendulkar) were also at a disadvantage at the players’ auction as icon players had to be paid 15 percent more than the top priced player in the respective teams.
But Rahul Dravid is also elated at the immense opportunity which IPL throws open to the domestic players and the experience they would gain by playing alongside and international stars, apart from the financial benefits.