South African cricketer Dale Steyn believes that Pakistan Super League (PSL) is more productive and rewarding than Indian Premier League (IPL) in an interview last week.
Steyn who is currently representing Quetta Gladiators in PSL 6 had decided against playing in IPL earlier this year in January. The cricketer informed his decision on Twitter adding that he will be playing in IPL, however, he will be playing other franchise-based leagues around the world.
He decided to play PSL because he thinks it is more productive than IPL though he has represented franchises like Deccan Chargers, SunRisers Hyderabad, Gujarat Lions, and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the past.
کسی لیگ میں پی ایس ایل کے معیار کی فاسٹ بولنگ دیکھنے کو نہیں ملتی،شاہین حیران کن صلاحیتوں کے مالک ہیں،حارث رﺅف کے ٹیلنٹ سے بھی متاثر ہوا،حسن علی نے جنوبی افریقہ کیخلاف ٹیسٹ میں شاندار کارکردگی دکھائی، اسٹین
مکمل انٹرویو کرکٹ پاکستان ویب سائٹ پر
یوٹیوب لنک https://t.co/QGgeYCcVeR pic.twitter.com/F44wDODtb1— Saleem Khaliq (@saleemkhaliq) March 2, 2021
Steyn claims that in IPL with so much money, glamour and big stars involved often cricket takes a backseat. Whereas, in PSL and Lankan Premier League the focus is more on quality cricket.
“I wanted some time off. I found that playing in these other leagues was slightly more rewarding as a player. I think when you go to IPL, there are such big squads and so many big names and so much emphasis on maybe the amount of money players earn and everything like that, so sometimes, somewhere down the line, cricket gets forgotten,” said Steyn to Cricket Pakistan in an interview.
When you go to IPL,there are such big squads,so many big names and so much emphasis on maybe the amount of money players earn and everything like that,so sometimes,cricket gets forgotten.When you come to like a PSL or LPL there is an importance on the cricket.Dale Steyn pic.twitter.com/xadKxcKnyv— Saleem Khaliq (@saleemkhaliq) March 2, 2021
“When you come to like a PSL or the Sri Lankan Premier League, for that matter, the cricket is important. I have only been here for a couple of days and I have had people in and out of my room, just wanting to know about where I have played and how I went about it. Whereas, when I go to something like the IPL that gets forgotten and the main topic is how much money did you go for in this IPL? That’s just me being brutally honest. I wanted to stay away from that and put more emphasis on playing and bringing good vibes to good cricket teams and tournaments I feel are worth it,” he added.