Prothombarta Desk: Some youths may be too keen on the game of cricket to take their studies seriously. They may believe that going to school is a chore they can do without. Their minds may be to take the game of cricket as a career option. Can a career be made out of a game where people use long bats to knock around a small ball thrown from the opposite end of long playing area?
Can someone live on a sport, which many believe does not have the widespread popularity of games such as soccer, lawn tennis, and basketball? Stories from newspapers, the internet, radio, television, and other elements of the mass media say that the game of cricket can be taken as a good career option for the youth.
If you love the game, the mass media seem to say, and you’re not just in it to earn a few millions, anything is possible. Here are a few facts to show that those in the mass media might not be wrong. During the recent IPL bidding for new cricketers in India, crores of rupees were handed over to many young players in deals to integrate them into the professional world of cricketing.
For those of them, who won the under 19 world cup for India, they earned as much as 15 LAKH rupees. The reason for this treatment of the young players is that every win makes the game of cricket to become irresistible and encourages companies, individuals, and government to invest in the game.
With more success and experience, the young players who got deals at the IPL bidding will get much more when the next bidding takes place. Cricket players do not earn money alone from their statutory wages. They get a lot more from opportunities such as advertisements and endorsements, especially when they become successful at international cricket series and become brands.