Veteran fast bowler Dale Steyn’s comments on the Indian Premiere League (IPL) and its way of functioning went viral on Twitter.
The South-African legend has said earlier that a lot of emphasis sometimes gets placed on the amount a player is purchased for in the IPL. He opined that it feels like cricket has taken a backseat as a result.
He also added that playing in other leagues has been slightly more rewarding to him as a player when compared to the IPL. Dale Steyn is currently turning out for the Quetta Gladiators in the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL). Here’s exactly what he said to Cricket Pakistan in an interview:
“I wanted some time off (on skipping IPL this year). 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.”
However, after facing a lot of heat for the same on social media, the speedster has come forward to clear all misunderstandings and has said that he did not at all wanted to demean or disrespect any league.
“IPL has been nothing short of amazing in my career, as well as other players too. My words were never intended to be degrading, insulting, or comparing of any leagues. Social media and words out of context can often do that. My apologies if this has upset anyone. Much love.”
Here is his Twitter Post: