Ever since the Pakistan Super League (PSL) has started, it is being compared with the Indian Premier League (IPL). For the first four seasons, the PSL was mostly played in the United Arab Emirates and it only returned home earlier this year. Having said that, the response from the overseas players and audience has been immense to the league. However, the quality of cricket played in the league is always compared with the IPL.
Former Pakistan cricketer Wasim Akram has now revealed that he particularly keeps asking the foreign players about the difference between the two rival leagues. And he has come to a conclusion that many believe that the quality of bowling in the PSL is a lot better than in the IPL. However, he also admitted that Pakistan has failed to produce young talented batsmen through its marquee T20 league.
“…But from whatever I have seen in the PSL over the last few years I have asked a lot of foreign players about the difference between IPL and PSL, when it comes to bowling. They all have said that the quality of bowling in the PSL is much better. In all IPL teams, there is at least one bowler who can be attacked. According to foreign players, the quality of bowling is a lot better than IPL, according to the foreign players.
“If I have to name a few promising batsmen, youngsters who are doing well are Peshawar Zalmi’s Haider Ali and Multan Sultan’s Zeeshan Ashraf,” he told Basit Ali during the conversation on Youtube.
Wasim Akram feels it is not fair to compare IPL and PSL
Wasim Akram also reckoned that it is not fair to compare to the Indian and Pakistani league. He pointed out that the former T20 league has been going on since 2008 while the PSL started only in 2016. He also rated PSL as the second-best league in the world after the IPL.
“It’s not fair to compare PSL and IPL. PSL has just started, it’s just been 5 years since its inception. For the first time, it was held in Pakistan we came to know how big a tournament it is for Pakistan. PSL is the second biggest tournament in the World of T20 after IPL. IPL has matured. It’s completed 12 years and there is a lot more money involved in the IPL,” he added.