Former Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram reckons that the Indian Premier League (IPL) is the best T20 League in the world, saying that the monetary part of India’s biggest money-spinner makes it the better than other T20 tournaments. Wasim Akram also elaborated on the differences between the Pakistan Super League (PSL) and the IPL
During a recent chat with Tanveer Ahmed, Wasim said, “There is a difference now (between IPL and PSL). In the last five-six years, there has been a big difference. They have put in a lot of money. IPL is the biggest cricket tournament in the world.”
Akram also showered praises for the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) for improving the first-class cricket from the money gathered from the IPL, which has helped India unearth talented domestic players in recent times. Notably, players like Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Deepak Chahar, Rishabh Pant started their cricketing journeys from the IPL and went onto making it to Team India.
The legendary pacer added, “A team’s budget only is around 60-80 Cr to buy players…Indian currency…double in our currency. So when profit is made on that kind of money BCCI invests it back into first-class cricket.”
Akram reckons that the appointment of the former cricketer as coaches played a crucial role in unearthing aspiring cricketers in India through the IPL.
Akram said, “Most players in the IPL have their personal coaches, like Praveen Amre. They have hired such kind of former cricketers who have gone on to become good coaches. You look at their batsmen, they play with such high confidence. The system is completely different.”
IPL 2020, which was postponed indefinitely in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, is all set to commence on September 19 in the UAE later this year with the final expected to be played on November 8. BCCI will decide on the final schedule of the tournament in the IPL GC meeting later this week.