Paul Collingwood admits the prospect of England players becoming millionaires on the back of the Stanford Twenty20 raises 'scary' issues for world cricket.
Every member of the England XI stands to win one million dollars each if the team beats a Caribbean Super Stars side in Antigua on November 1 - the first edition of a fixture bankrolled by Texan billionaire Allen Stanford which will be an annual event for the next five years.
Collingwood, who captains the England one-day side in a Twenty20 match against New Zealand at Old Trafford here Friday - where the teams will compete for total prize money of 7,000 pounds (14,000 dollars) - said he was worried by the fact the Stanford match was just about money.
"That's the scary thing about the whole situation because there's not anything on the game," said the Durham all-rounder of a match where players on the losing side will get nothing.
"It's not a World Cup, it's not the Ashes and when you're growing up as a kid that's what you dream about.
"The scary thing about this is it's just about money. None of us have been in this situation before so how people react no one knows.
"We're going into a grey area with it all, which is exciting because if you win the game it's obviously a lot of money. On the other side it can be quite dangerous because if you lose it, it can be quite devastating."
He added: "In many ways it is a bit uncomfortable because I'm not going to turn the money down, obviously."
"If youngsters see the direction cricket is going at the moment, I'm sure the participation in the game is going to go up which is good for the game.
"But when I was young I grew up wanting to play and win the Ashes and win a World Cup so it's a difficult one."
Collingwood, who began his Durham career just over 10 years ago on a six-month contract worth 9,500 pounds (19,000 dollars), has been as stunned as anyone by the way in Twenty20 has transformed cricketers' potential earnings.
However, having been a member of the England side that secured the Ashes at The Oval in 2005, he is also well aware of the enduring worth of Test cricket.
But asked if winning the Stanford match would matter as much as defeating Australia, Collingwood replied: "It's a difficult one to answer.
"I've grown up all my life wanting to win the Ashes and I can honestly say I want to regain the Ashes again. But we do want to win this (Stanford) game as well - it's a massive incentive to win it."
He added "There's a bigger picture in all this and we have to careful. The ICC (International Cricket Council) somehow has to get Test cricket as lucrative as this because the maths don't really add up at the moment.
"You play a Twenty20 game and get all this money and you play Test cricket and you don't get a fraction of it. From the ICC's point of view they've got to really understand where they want to go with cricket in the next generation."