Karachi: Veteran South African pacer Dale Steyn has opened up on why he chose to take part in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) and other franchise leagues instead of the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL).
The 37-year-old Steyn thinks that IPL is less rewarding as compared to other leagues in the world. He believes that due to the amount of money, cricket gets forgotten in IPL.
“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,” Steyn told Cricket Pakistan in an interview.
“When you come to like a PSL or the Sri Lankan Premier League [LPL], 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,” he added.
“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 maintained.
Note, Steyn is representing Quetta Gladiators in PSL 6. In PSL 5, he represented Islamabad United.