Eoin Morgan could earn more in eight days at the Champions League than in two years of hard yakka on the County circuit - but says he'd happily play for nothing, writes Jon Batham.
The Middlesex starlet will break off from his duties with the England Lions next week to join the rest of the Seaxes squad in Chennai for the inaugural staging of the tournament, which promises a cool $3million dollars to 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 £95,000 - more than double the average wage bill at Middlesex.
But the money making may not stop there. The tournament in Chennai and Mumbai will put the Irish left-hander in the shop window at the perfect time for franchises out talent spotting for the next year's IPL tournament, where another big pay packet would be guaranteed.
At a time of economic recession, no-one could blame Morgan for being motivated by the prospect of a quick financial killing. Yet the 22-year-old insists you can keep the money.
"I'd go out to the Champions League and IPL and play for free just to play against the best in the world in the Premier League," said Morga n. "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, particularly because 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, and it's great to have a skipper with that mindset."
Meanwhile, chief executive Vinny Codrington insisted Middlesex wouldn't stand in the way of anyone who receives an IPL offer, even though it would rule the player out of the first month and a half of next season.
He 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."