IPL is much better than PSL: Sikandar Raja says franchise cricket in India ‘definitely stands out’

Punjab Kings batter Sikandar Raza celebrates after beating Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2023 (PTI)
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Zimbabwe all-rounder Sikandar Raza has heaped praise on franchise cricket in India, saying that the Indian Premier League (IPL) is much better than Pakistan Super League (PSL). Raza is set to turn up for Punjab Kings in the 2024 season of the IPL, set to begin in March.

Speaking to Sports Now, Raza said the availability of top international players makes IPL really special, while adding that only PSL comes close to the IPL when it comes to attracting crowds. While Raza plays for PBKS in the IPL, he represents Lahore Qalandars in the PSL.

“I just think that the availability of all the players for one tournament makes IPL really special. In most of the matches we play, the crowd comes and supports their teams. That’s something that’s really different in IPL. The only other league when it comes to crowds that comes close to IPL is PSL. So, I think IPL definitely stands out with a couple of factors,” said Raza.

He went on to say that IPL is the biggest league on the plant and is much better than the PSL. IPL 2024 will be the 17th season of the IPL whereas PSL will be kick-starting its ninth season in March.

“IPL is by far the best league when it comes to PSL also. Like, it is much better than PSL. That’s what I’m trying to say. Yeah, I’m not a big fan of comparisons. But yes, it is. I think IPL is the biggest league on the planet,” Raza added.

Speaking about his IPL team PBKS, Raza said he can never repay their faith in him as they were the only team that bid for him in the IPL 2023 auction. The Punjab-based franchise signed Raza for Rs 50 lakh at the IPL 2023 mini-auction.

“IPL is such a big and global event that I am very grateful and blessed that Punjab picked me. And I don’t think I can ever repay their faith. I mean, they were the only team that raised the baton on the auction day. So, if they hadn’t done that, I don’t think I would have been part of IPL last year, let alone this year,” said Raza.

Raza will be hoping top guide Punjab Kings to their first-ever IPL title when the 2024 kicks-off in March.

Published By:

Rounaq Sehrawat

Published On:

Feb 13, 2024

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