The Indian Century

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In play: Australia's Andrew Symonds

Even in countries where the people love it, cricket has never been a sport you would play to get rich. While the cream of the game in the traditional strongholds of England and Australia do better than all right these days, we're still talking about a level of reward — maybe $1 million a year for the highest-paid players — that wouldn't get the kings of Major League Baseball or Premier League soccer out of bed.

In the corridors of the stately old game, however, a whiff of revolution is in the air. For...

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