The Indian Premier League (IPL) auction was rife with over-the-top purchases at prices that would make the recession blush.
Andrew Flintoff and Kevin Pietersen were both bought for a vast amount of money. In all honesty, if anyone deserves to garner a price in excess of US $1 million, then it is these two English superstars.
They are both excellent players that fit the mould of what a Twenty20 player should be perfectly.
Furthermore, the acquisition of two of the sport's leading figures will do wonders for the reputation of their IPL teams, Chennai Super Kings and Bangalore Royal Challengers, and the league itself.
Nevertheless, another issue needs to be raised.
Earlier in the week, Dominic Cork was one of the players that received no reserve price, thus he didn’t make the cut for the auction.
What a sad state of affairs.
Yes, the IPL is a competition that all participants would like to win, but the fact remains that it is a Twenty20 tournament that is still in its infancy.
The IPL isn’t the same kind of cricket that the world has become accustomed to down the years. The deployment of cheerleaders in the stands clearly demonstrates that this is a different form of cricket.
Cork is one of the most colourful characters to ever play cricket. He is competitive, however he is always up for a laugh.
Cork exemplifies everything that a sportsperson should be. He is willing to go above and beyond in order to win, but at the same time he realises that it’s still a recreational activity.
The 37-year-old is undoubtedly in the twilight of his career; nevertheless, he shouldn’t merely be cast aside.
Just imagine him trotting out to bat for an IPL team. It would by no means be a clinic on how to bat, but you know that it would be entertaining.