The super-star in the making mentioned in my first post is none other than the prolific Shakib-Al Hasan. When Shakib took over the captaincy from the injured Mortaza, lead Bangladesh to a series win in both Tests and ODI's against the West Indies AND clinched all the man-of-the series awards (at last count, the dude has four Blackberry Storms), the first question that came to everyone's mind was how the soul-sucking, money-grabbing Lalit Modi could have overlooked this gem.
The thought of Shakib in the evil Modi's clutches scares the daylights out of me. If Shakib is available for IPL 3, rest assured Modi will do at least one of the following to our wonder boy, if not all:
1) Monopolize his bidding so he becomes the first player in the IPL to be bought for 100,000 thereby prostituting his talents (Sorry JP)
2) Make him appear in ridiculous IPL ads where he will run faster than a Royal Bengal Tiger, leap up in the air to smash bouncers over the rope and produce a stunning delivery that will knock all three wickets out...individually!
3) Promise the next Ms. Bollywood that Shakib will keep her entertained by singing and dancing on the movie sets till the cast and crew arrived.
4) Threaten to check out his ass in front of the cameras if he chose to play for Bangladesh during IPL season.
All this will lead to Shakib being too exhausted to perform for the REAL tournaments. And don't say it won't. The Indians said it happened to them, so it must be true. Ultimately, Shakib's international career will be shortened and Bangladesh will end up as the biggest losers, while Modi launches his new 10/10 version of the game where each team will have to have a minimum of 5 Bollywood stars in their starting line up.
The Modi is coming to get you Shakib, run for the hills!