IPL 2021 – Dale Steyn: With in 24 hours of branding Indian Premier League (IPL) as a league where ‘cricket gets forgotten and PSL, LPL being more cricket centric’ – former RCB player has made a U-Turn. Steyn in a note has apologized for his comments.
“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”, declared former South African pacer Dale Steyn
Earlier Steyn on Tuesday had said that the financial aspect of the IPL, the world’s most lucrative T20 league, steers the focus off of cricket and he finds the likes of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) and the Lankan Premier League (LPL) “slightly more rewarding”.
Steyn is currently playing PSL 2021 for Quetta Gladiators. He had told Cricket Pakistan that the duration of the IPL was also a factor in him opting out of this season as he wanted some more time to himself.
“I wanted to take a bit more time off. I found that playing in those other leagues was slightly more rewarding as a player,” Steyn said. “I think when you go to the IPL there are such big squads and so many big names and so much emphasis on the amount of money that the players earn that somewhere along the line the cricket kind of gets forgotten. When you come to the PSL or the LPL, there’s an importance on the cricket.
“I’ve only been here a couple of days and I’ve had people coming to my room asking where I played and how I went about it. In the IPL, that kind of gets forgotten and the main topic is how much money you went for this IPL. And that’s just me being brutally honest. I just wanted to stay away from that this year and put more emphasis on bringing good vibes to teams and tournaments I feel are worth it,” the 37-year-old added.
Steyn was a part of the Royal Challengers Bangalore squad in IPL 2020 but released by the Virat Kohli-led franchise just ahead of auctions after he declared that he won’t be available for the 2021 season.