Dale Steyn, who is currently playing in the Pakistan Super League (PSL), said playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) is less effective than other franchise leagues in the world because the IPL places more emphasis on money and “forgets cricket”.
Speaking to the Express Tribune, Stein took to Twitter to announce his departure from the 14th edition of the IPL, saying: “I need some time. I have found that playing in these other leagues is a bit more rewarding as a player.”
“When you go to the IPL, there are a lot of big squads and a lot of big names and players can make a lot of money and give more priority to things like that, so sometimes, cricket is forgotten somewhere,” added.
Stein, who has previously played for IPL teams like Deccan Chargers, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Gujarat Lions and Royal Challengers Bangalore, is ahead of the 2021 season. He is currently representing Quetta Gladiators led by Safdar Ahmed in the latest edition of the PSL.
“When you become like the PSL or the Sri Lankan Premier League, cricket matters. I’ve only been here a few days and have my boys inside and outside my home, where I play and how I want to know about it. When I forgot something like IPL and the main thing is how much money do you want in this IPL? Said Stein.
Steyn was part of the RCB in the 2020 IPL, but the former Proteas cricketer took just one wicket in three matches at a strike rate of 11.40 with an average of 133.