A day ago, South African speed gun Dale Steyn’s name got heard heavily in the cricketing fraternity as his words about IPL didn’t please the fans. Steyn, now representing Quetta Gladiators, has told in an interview that PSL(Pakistan Super League) and LPL(Sri Lankan Premier League) were slightly more rewarding than the cash-rich IPL.
He said that excessive emphasis on financial matters makes him feel “at times, cricket gets forgotten.”
When questioned about why he skipped IPL this season, Dale answered, “I wanted to take a bit more time off. I found that playing in those other leagues was slightly more rewarding as a player. 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.” Dale meant that the duration of IPL is too long, and he wanted a bit more time off to keep himself fit, fresh and energetic.
At that point in time, he might not even imagine the consequences of the statements he made. A lot of Indian cricket fans felt disappointed with Dale’s comments. Dale had to come down today to pacify fans with his apologies. A day after Dale has made those comments against IPL, he faced the heat. Steyn has to step out and give an explanation as the situation was turning worse. Steyn has put out a post on Twitter apologizing for his words and also told that words could often be taken out of context on social media.
Steyn’s tweet read, “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”.
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