That seems to be Dileep Premchandran’s hypothesis in his latest entry on the Guardian Cricket website. It should not be surprising that an eighteen year old from a deprived background falls for a couple of thousand pounds. The most interesting comparison on the lack of money in Pakistani cricket compared to their IPL playing, bling-blinging counterparts across the Punjab border was this:
It probably is all down to Cricket’s most unpopular (ex) commissioner, a certain Mr. Modi. If he hadn’t gone after the ICL, all guns blazing, there might still have been a viable way for up and coming Pakistani players to make some money, and not get distracted by shady “fixers” hanging around the hotel room.