Author: Abhishek Rajan
The former Pakistani all-rounder Abdul Razzaq reckons that a team compiled with the best players of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) will be able to get the better of the team compiled with the best players of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
“If a team of the best players from the Indian Premier League faced a team made-up of the best players from the Pakistan Super League, the PSL team would win.” Razzaq was quoted as saying by the Pakistani journalist Saj Sadiq.
IPL is considered the biggest T20 league in the world in terms of the money that is offered to the players, the TV viewership around the world and the total revenue generated from the tournament.
But, Razzaq is trying to suggest that despite being the biggest in the world on commercial fronts, the standard of cricket in the IPL is not as good as that in the PSL.
The games in the IPL are mostly high scoring, while those in the PSL are moderate to low scoring.
While many people are of the view that it happens because of the nature of the pitches in the two tournaments, the former Pakistani cricketers have often said that it happens because of the standard of the Pakistani bowlers.
While IPL started long back in 2008, PSL started eight years later in 2016 and most of the matches of the league have so far taken place outside Pakistan due to security concerns of the players.
However, the next season of the PSL, which is going to be its fifth, is scheduled to take place entirely in Pakistan.
While some of the overseas players are willing to travel to Pakistan for PSL 5, some of them, who played in the previous editions, did not put their names forward for the players’ draft after it was announced that all the matches would be organized in Pakistan.
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