No, it is not a joke. A Cricket Stock Exchange has been opened and it has even its own website: http://www.cricstock.com/
Daily Times wrote:
The site has already attracted more than 3000 registered users since it was launched on 25th February and the number is growing fast. As per the latest IPO trends, Sachin Tendulkar has been oversubscribed 5 times, followed closely by Saurav Ganguly. Ricky Ponting and MS Dhoni are among the players who have been oversubscribed almost 3 times. Mohammad Yousuf of
You have to become a registered member to use the website. That is the only catch.