Eoin Morgan insists his eyes are not being lit up by pound signs.
Currently competing in the cash-rich Stanford Super Series, the Middlesex batsman will next month head out to the inaugural Twenty20 Champions League in India, where there's $500,000 on offer just for taking part and a cool $2million for the winners.
With Middlesex having agreed to split any winnings 70 per cent to the players and 30 per cent to the club, victory would net the Irish left-hander just under $100,000.
At a time of economic recession, no-one could blame Morgan for being motivated by the prospect of possibly earning several years wages in a matter of months.
Yet the 22-year-old insists you can keep the money.
"I'd go out there and play for free just to play against the best in the world," he said.
"When you look back at the great players, they've all scored runs against the best in the world, and that's something I aspire to.
"The Champions League is a great shop window for the likes of Dawid Malan, Billy Godleman, Tim Murtagh and myself, as we are young, innovative cricketers who go out and express ourselves.
"We have a lot of confidence in our captain (Shaun Udal), who backs us with every shot we play.
"It's great to have a skipper with that kind of mindset."
Meanwhile, chief executive Vinny Codrington insisted Middlesex wouldn't stand in the way of anyone who receives an Indian Premier League offer, even though it would rule the player out of the first month and a half of next season.
The Twenty20 Champions League in Chennai and Mumbai will put Morgan and co in the shop window at the perfect time for franchises out talent spotting for the next year's IPL, where $3million dollars is up for grabs for the winners.
Codrington said: "I'm sure all the players would like to be in the IPL window, and that's made conversations with the guys interesting when it's come to their contracts and what we would do if they weren't going to be available for the first six weeks of the season.
"But there will be no sour grapes, because if they are good enough to be selected, congratulations to them."
Middlesex take on the Stanford Superstars tonight, having lost by 12 runs to England on Saturday, and five wickets to Trinidad & Tobago on Monday. * MIDDLESEX have announced the appointment of their former stalwart Angus Fraser as their new director of cricket.
The exact details of the contract await Fraser's return from holiday and Middlesex's from the Stanford series.
However, the former paceman has already recommended Shaun Udal be retained as captain for the 2009 season.