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Is IPL really about cricket or just money?

Is IPL really about cricket or just money?

Is IPL really about cricket or just money?

There are a lot of discussions and comparisons between the IPL and PSL. The fans often clash terming IPL as the world’s richest league. Undoubtedly, IPL makes a pile of cash. Whereas, PSL is talent-centric. However, the debate continues and leads to the clash.

The Indian Premier League was launched back in 2007-2008. Being in its 14th year, the league is ought to make Billions without any doubts. The Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) and the IPL management play every card not to discard the league so they do not go bankrupt.

Considering the examples of IPL 2020, when the COVID fears hit the nerves of the globe, India was one of the badly suffering countries. Multiple countries gave up on their sports scenarios and preferred players’ health over sports.

On the other hand, BCCI risked players’ life and wanted to organize the league at any cost. Despite COVID entering India, the management wanted IPL to be there but with the major concern rising, they had to take it anywhere except India.

Hence, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was chosen as the better venue to be the host of the league. The tournament could have been truncated but the Indian board chose to play 60 matches so the money did not reduce.

Although the player’s salaries were reduced a bit the tournament went in a full fledge. Where did they compensate the reduced salary of the players???

Is IPL really about cricket or just money?

Discussing the Pakistan Super League, the t20 tournament is undergoing in its sixth year. Last year, when COVID hit the globe, PSL was called off shortly. The playoffs and the final were rescheduled rather than organizing it any cost risking the health and lives.

When the circumstances got a bit colder, the PCB management decided to hold the PSL 2020 playoffs, final behind closed doors. As the COVID scenarios cool down, the PSL 2021 gets on its way with a 50% crowd allowance.

PSL is all about promoting the positive image of Pakistan and boosting the local, emerging talent. The prize money may be low but every youngster learns rather than playing to get cash in Crores.

The international players who are willing to play PSL, prefer respect and love over money and they are getting both of them in Pakistan. Yes, everyone agrees that the IPL is on another level, but there is no uncertainty that the centric is money rather than Cricket.

Notably, the well-known bowler from South Africa, Dale Steyn also opened on the synopsis. He said,

“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.”

“When you come to like a PSL or the Sri Lankan Premier League, 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.

“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.

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