PSL and LPL are more rewarding than the IPL, says Steyn
South African fast bowler Dale Steyn made a controversial statement comparing the Indian Premier League and the Pakistan Super League.
This year’s edition of the Pakistan Super League is currently underway in Pakistan amidst the coronavirus fear and restrictions. The tournament is going successfully as expected.
South African right-arm fast bowler Dale Steyn is representing the Safaraz Ahmed-led Quetta Gladiators. In a media interaction with Cricket Pakistan, the South African cricketer talked about why he ruled himself out of IPL 2021. The fast bowler made himself unavailable for this year’s edition of IPL 2021, during the retention time period and subsequently, Royal Challengers Bangalore released him from the side.
“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.
The fast bowler added that in IPL, more importance is paid to branding and commercial elements than the game. According to him, T20 leagues like Pakistan Super League and Lanka Premier League give more attention to the game than money.
“When you come to like a PSL or the Sri Lankan Premier League, for that matter, there is an importance on the cricket. 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 really put more emphasis on playing and bringing good vibes to good cricket teams and tournaments I feel are worth it,” he added.