IPL strongest competition in the world: Hazlewood

Australia fast bowler Josh Hazlewood hailed the Indian Premier League (IPL) as the strongest T20 competition in the world. He feels the competition between the sides is always intense in this tournament.

Despite having the Big Bash League (BBL) in Australia, fast bowler Josh Hazlewood feels IPL is the strongest T20 competition in the world. He believes the Indian tournament has brought up many players in comparison to other leagues in the world.

Hazlewood is currently under contract with the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and he is most likely to play if the tournament takes place later this year. The fast bowler also revealed that some players even miss their domestic games just to take part in the IPL.

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“There are a few things to fall into place yet but the IPL is such a huge part of the year for a lot of players and probably the strongest T20 competition in the world, up there with the Big Bash, and you learn a lot about how to play your T20 cricket and how to play in those conditions.”

“You’ve seen guys come out of it much better players so there’s a lot of positives to it, so if that takes a few games off us playing for New South Wales in the build-up to the international summer that’s a tough call, (and) probably comes back to the individual,” Hazlewood told ESPNcricinfo.

Meanwhile, it has already been more than four months since Australia have been away from cricket, but Hazlewood strongly believes he just needs a couple of games to be match ready in the longer format of the game.

“As far as red-ball ball cricket goes I feel I only need one, maximum two games, to get ready for a Test. There have been summers where we’ve come from a white-ball tour and only played one (red-ball game) and it’s been fine,” he concluded.

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