Competition For Places Is Bigger In The IPL, Says Shakib Al Hasan
Bangladesh star Shakib Al Hasan definitely knows a thing or two about franchise cricket.
One of the best all-rounders in the world at the moment, the 30-year-old has plied his trade across the globe and so when he says that the Indian Premier League is the most competitive franchise-based Twenty20 competition in the world, very few can doubt that.
Shakib, who plays for Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL, said that the competition for places is intense in India’s premier T20 tournament, as only four of the ten available foreign players can get a place in the playing eleven.
“I think the competition for places is bigger in the IPL as only four will play from the available 10 foreigners, “ Shakib told reporters at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, on Sunday (July 30). “At times, even after playing well, you might not get the chance due to combinations, so it is always difficult to say which four will play.”
“In the PSL or CPL, the four foreign cricketers are more or less fixed and they don’t like to change a lot unless it is very necessary. I don’t see any other differences apart from it. Everywhere, the level of cricket is good,” he added.
The ace all-rounder had got a taste of the immense competition in the IPL this year when he managed to get just one game in the last season.
Shakib, who has also played in Australia, England, West Indies and Pakistan, further said that he enjoys playing across the globe.
“Enjoyment is there in every place because if you play, there is a desire to do well and it remains an enjoyable experience. While if you are not playing and waiting to get a call, it also gives you a different kind of feeling. As far as the CPL is concerned, it is quite different and the seriousness is mostly surrounded only [when you play] on the field, while outside the field, there is nothing much about it,” said Shakib who is expected to participate in CPL soon.
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