Karachi: Australia’s former Test cricketer Shane Watson highly rated Pakistan Super League (PSL) and Indian Premier League (IPL) for keeping quality cricket in top priorities.
In his latest blog in T20 Stars, Watson highlighted how their own cricket event ‘Big Bash League’ has transformed into entertainment stuff while quality cricket remained on the back burner.
“The quality of the cricket has been put on the back burner in the Big Bash and the entertainment gimmicks have been brought to the forefront,” Watson wrote.
“The one thing that the IPL and PSL do is make the quality of the cricket, the product, the number one priority. They know that if this is of the highest quality possible, then the longevity of the tournament and the commercial growth and success will look after itself,” he said about the Asian cricket leagues.
Watson criticized the microphone technology which connects on-field players to commentators for chit chat.
“One of the gimmicks that I really feel takes away from the quality of the cricket product is the mic’ing up of players – up to 2 players from each team fielding are being mic’d up with a significant amount of the captains being one of the two players,” he said.
“A number of the young guys are more focused on being entertaining on the microphone instead of prioritizing their mental energy, to have it ready to go when the game calls on them, instead of burning it unnecessarily being a player/commentator,” he added.