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A photo of Pakistan pace bowler Mohammad Hasnain. — ESPNcricinfo Twitter
A photo of Pakistan pace bowler Mohammad Hasnain. — ESPNcricinfo Twitter
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Mohammad Hasnain To Undergo Test On Bowling Action After It Was Reported In Big Bash League 2021/22

Mohammad Hasnain, Pakistan fast bowler is set to undergo a test on his bowling action on Tuesday, after it was reported by umpires in the Big Bash League. The pacer has just finished a productive five-game stint with Sydney Thunder but will now undergo the test at the ICC-accredited biomechanics laboratory in Lahore.
The 21-year-old, who once bowled a 155kph delivery in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), made a strong impact in his debut season at the BBL. He came in as a replacement for English quick Saqib Mahmood and took 3 for 20 in Thunder’s 28-run win over Adelaide Strikers, in his debut.
Mohammad Hasnain will undergo a biomechanical test in Lahore
Mohammad Hasnain will undergo a biomechanical test in Lahore © Getty

Mohammad Hasnain Reported For Suspect Illegal Bowling Action And Is Set To Undergo A Test On His Bowling Action

Pakistan pacer Mohammad Hasnain has been reported for a suspect illegal bowling action in the ongoing Big Bash League. His action was reported by the umpires in the game between Sydney Thunder and Adelaide Strikers on January 2. In a statement, Cricket Australia confirmed it was during that first appearance that he was reported by the umpires.

A file photo of pacer Mohammad Hasnain. — PSL/File
A file photo of pacer Mohammad Hasnain. — PSL/File

Mohammad Hasnain played another four matches in the competition. In his last game against Sydney Sixers, Moises Henriques was heard on the stump mic saying “nice throw mate” to Mohammad Hasnain, after he bowled him a bouncer. He didn’t pick up a wicket in that game though he was economical (4-0-22-0), as the Sydney Sixers won the match by 60 runs.

Mohammad Hasnain, who once bowled a 155kph delivery in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), has played 8 ODIs and 18 T20 Internationals after making his Pakistan debut in 2019. He has picked 12 ODI and 17 T20I scalps.

Mohammad Hasnain Picked 7 Wickets In 5 Games In Big Bash League

In the five games he played, Mohammad Hasnain conceded runs at just 6.00 per over while taking seven wickets at an average of 15.71. He was due to undergo a test on his action on January 19 in Australia, but because he was due to return to Pakistan at the end of his stint and because there is an ICC-accredited testing facility in Lahore, it was decided he would get tested there.
The test comes at a crucial time for Mohammad Hasnain, given that the PSL’s seventh season is due to begin in less than ten days in Karachi and he is an important part of the Quetta Gladiators squad. If the test finds his action to be legal, he will continue playing as usual. But if he is found to have an illegal action, he will be suspended from bowling in international cricket and domestic events around the world until he corrects his action.
Mohammad Hasnain's bowling action reported during Big Bash League.© Instagram
Mohammad Hasnain’s bowling action was reported during Big Bash League.© Instagram
Under clause 11.5 of the ICC’s regulations and protocols surrounding illegal actions, the Pakistan Cricket Board – as Mohammad Hasnain’s national cricket federation – can permit him to bowl in their domestic events. Mohammad Hasnain could be allowed to bowl in the PSL, though in the past they have not permitted bowlers with suspect actions to bowl in the league.
In any case, he is allowed to bowl until the results of his testing come out, which could take up to 14 days. That means, in theory, he could be fine to bowl in the opening games of the PSL. As the initial report was made during a BBL match, CA will review and verify the report provided by the PCB’s testing facility.
The then 19-year-old Pakistan right-arm pacer Mohammad Hasnain claimed a hat-trick (5th October 2019) evening during the first T20I of the three-match home T20I series against Sri Lanka. He became the youngest bowler to claim a T20I hat-trick. On 3 November 2020, in the third match against Zimbabwe, he took his first five-wicket haul in ODI cricket, returning figures of 5/26 in 10 overs.

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Pakistan Cricket Dealt A Blow As Cricket South Africa Refused To Send Its Cricketers To Play In PSL 2022

Pakistan cricket has been dealt a huge blow as Cricket South Africa (CSA) has refused to send the Proteas players to participate in HBL PSL 7 due to domestic series commitment. Due to the deteriorating Covid-19 situation, franchises were allowed to pick two additional players to their already existing 18-man squad.

Several of the Proteas players were supposed to be included in the mini-draft as franchises were allowed to select one foreign player from the additional two players. Franchises were eagerly awaiting the HBL PSL mini-draft as the likes of South African players David Miller, Quinton de Kock, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen were all initially listed to choose from.

David Miller Image Credits: RR Twitter
David Miller Image Credits: RR Twitter

Pakistan Super League Franchises Can No Longer Opt To Select Any South African Cricketer Participating In ODIs Against India

However, with this latest development, PSL franchises can no longer opt to select any South African player as they will be featuring in the forthcoming ODI series against India. In addition to that, CSA has instructed the players to focus on 4-day domestic cricket instead of flying to Pakistan for the seventh edition of PSL.

Pakistan vs South Africa
Pakistan vs South Africa– Image Credit: Twitter

South Africa is scheduled to play three ODI matches against India from January 19 to January 23 due to which international Proteas players have been asked to make themselves unavailable for the HBL PSL 7. Sources have claimed that the franchises will now have to pick from the remaining players in the list that was drawn up for the first draft which took place on December 18.

South Africa Scheduled To Play 3 ODIs Against India From January 19-23

South Africa is scheduled to play three ODI matches against India from January 19 to January 23 due to which they are asked to make themselves unavailable for the PSL7 starting from 27 of the same month.

Shahid Afridi played in 27 Tests, 398 ODIs and 99 T20Is for Pakistan.© AFP
Shahid Afridi played in 27 Tests, 398 ODIs, and 99 T20Is for Pakistan.© AFP

The entirety of PSL 2022, which starts on January 27, will be played in Pakistan. The first 15 games of the tournament will be played in Karachi, while the remaining matches will take place in Lahore. In PSL 2021, Mohammad Rizwan led Multan Sultans to their maiden PSL title with a thumping win over Peshawar Zalmi at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi.

Shahid Afridi had previously played for Peshawar Zalmi, Karachi Kings, and Multan Sultans. Quetta Gladiators are his fourth team in the PSL. Ahead of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) T20 season seven, Quetta Gladiators have roped in veteran all-rounder Shahid Afridi from defending champions, Multan Sultans.

Former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi will represent Quetta Gladiators in what will be his farewell Pakistan Super League (PSL).

Afghanistan Cricket Board- Facebook/AfghanistanCricketBoardOfficial
Afghanistan Cricket Board- Facebook/AfghanistanCricketBoardOfficial
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Afghanistan Cricket Board May Allow Its National Players To Take Part In Only 3 Franchise Based T20 Global Leagues

Afghanistan Cricket Board may allow their national cricketers to take part in only three franchise-based T20 leagues in order to ensure their availability in domestic tournaments.

ACB recently formed a 14-member technical committee to observe and review the present cricketing structure currently in place. Following their assessment, they’ve come up with a new plan of action to raise its standards.

Afghanistan (Courtesy of ICC)
Afghanistan (Courtesy of ICC)

Afghanistan Cricket Board Will Reduce Players Participation And Allow Its Players To Take Part In 3 Franchise Based T20 Global Leagues

The technical committees had already discussed a couple of times on different aspects to take the game forward in the war-torn country considering they will have to report back to the top ACB management with specific plans on what needs to be done so that the board can govern the game better.

Afghanistan cricketers are a hot commodity in the world of franchise-based T20 cricket. They feature regularly in almost every big T20 tournament around the globe at the expense of skipping their domestic tournaments, considering their presence is extremely low in competitions played in their own backyard.

“Our (Technical committee) plan is to discuss with ACB high-ups regarding the participation of our leading national cricketers in the domestic tournament,” Raees Ahmadzai, part of the newly-formed technical committee said.

“Maybe the Afghanistan Cricket Board will reduce their (players’) participation in different franchise leagues and ask the players to take part in only three franchise-based T20 leagues in a year and they can choose their options as it is their choice,” he said.

Afghanistan cricket team. Credits: Twitter
Afghanistan cricket team. Credits: Twitter

“There are the recommendations from the selection committee – that in different Test nations, first-class cricket is a priority and we have to follow the same path as players will need to play first-class cricket to get selected in Test squad,” he said.

“You know T20 team selection is easy as most of our players are playing in different T20 leagues around the world. But when your top cricketers are not participating in domestic cricket, then the new generation will not become good cricketers. So let’s see but I am sure more than 90% of national players will take part in domestic cricket from next year,” he said.

ACB’s 14-member technical committee includes – Abdulwali Amin, Ahmad Shah Suliman Khil, Allah Dad Noori, Dawlat Khan Ahmadzai, Ihsan Obaid, Menhaj Raz, Mohammad Khan, Nazeem Jar, Mohammad Salam Afghan, Nawroz Mangal, Noor Malikzai, Raees Khan Ahmadzai, Shahid Alokozai, and Taj Malik Alam.

Afghanistan players participate in the leagues such as the Indian Premier League, Pakistan Super League, The Hundred, Bangladesh Premier League, Caribbean Premier League, Big Bash League in Australia. Their participation in these leagues means they miss the domestic tournaments.

Afghanistan Cricket Board’s Raees Khan Added The Committee Will Bring Overseas Curators To Develop Local Ground Staff

Raees Khan, who is very vocal regarding promoting fast bowlers, added that the committee will recommend bringing overseas curators to develop their local ground staff so that they can produce wickets to encourage fast bowlers.

”For the next season you know we want to prepare a good fast bowling wicket, good seaming wicket, bouncy wicket. And the cricket committee discussed… you know we need a good curator to help the other local curators to make a new good wicket for the fast bowlers,” he said.

Afghanistan will play 37 ODIs, 12 T20Is & 3 Tests in 2022-23, according to the Future Tour Program of ICC, apart from taking part in various ICC & ACC events in the next two years. Afghanistan will kickstart their season in 2022 in January by hosting the Netherlands for a three-match ODI series which is part of the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League in Qatar.

Rashid Khan. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)
Rashid Khan. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

Following the series against the Netherlands, Afghans will tour Zimbabwe in January-February to play three ODIs while they are scheduled to host Australia & Pakistan for three ODIs. They will then travel to India, Bangladesh & Sri Lanka to play three series (away) at the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League till 2023. Afghanistan so far has played only one Super League series and they earned full 30 points by clean-sweeping the Irish earlier this year.

The likes of Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, and Mujeeb Ur Rahman are familiar faces in almost every major T20 league including the Indian Premier League (IPL) and Big Bash League. The Taliban takeover of the country was followed by the resignation of Rashid Khan as the T20I captain and later the removal of CEO Hamid Shinwari. Adding to the raging fire, Cricket Australia decided to scrap their maiden Test against Australia later in the year.

Asghar Afghan has played six Tests, 114 ODIs, and 74 T20Is for Afghanistan. The right-handed batter made his debut against Scotland in 2009. Asghar Afghan played his first match in the longest format when Afghanistan locked horns with India in June 2018. He retired from international cricket during the 2021 T20I World Cup.

Faf du Plessis (Image Credit: Twitter)
Faf du Plessis (Image Credit: Twitter)
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Faf du Plessis Picks Defending Champions West Indies As Favourites To Win 2021 T20I World Cup

Faf du Plessis predicted hosts India and defending champions West Indies as the front-runners to clinch the upcoming T20 World Cup. Both these sides are studded with prominent T20 stars. Hence, Faf du Plessis sees them thriving in the competition.

The countdown for the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 has begun, and all participating teams are gearing up for the tournament. Although the official dates and schedule are yet to come, the competition is slated to take place in the UAE in October-November. With T20 matches dominating the cricket calendar in the past few years, fans are expecting some mind-boggling action in the marquee event.

Faf du Plessis (Image Credit: Twitter)
Faf du Plessis (Image Credit: Twitter)

Faf du Plessis: West Indies Favourites To Win T20 World Cup With Dwayne Bravo, Andre Russell In Squad

Faf du Plessis picked West Indies, the defending champions of the T20 World Cup in 2016 as the favourite and frontrunner to win again with consistent big-hitting performers like Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard and Andre Russell in the team.

“The shorter, the format, you feel like there are more teams that can have a chance. If I look at teams with good firepower and experience, you have to look at West Indies and the fact that they have brought back all their players; almost given them a directive to try and be the team that wins three times,” Du Plessis said in a virtual press conference.

“All the guys you wouldn’t have seen playing much of international cricket will be back; Dwayne Bravo, Andre Russell. That’s a lot of experience if you count the number of T20 caps,” he added.

Speaking of India, the Proteas talisman said the Virat Kohli-led side has all basics covered with several potent options in the batting and bowling department.

“They have experience, and they cover all their skills with good wrist spinners and fast bowlers, death bowlers and an explosive batting lineup. And England, a successful ODI unit, is a strong team too but India, West Indies are my favourites right now,” he asserted.

Kieron Pollard
Kieron Pollard(Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Faf du Plessis, who announced his retirement from Test cricket earlier this year, hasn’t been a part of South Africa’s T20I team lately. The 36-year-old hasn’t been picked in the national side for the upcoming tour of the West Indies and Ireland.

Hence, it would be interesting to see if he features in the T20 World Cup or not. He’ll next be seen representing Quetta Gladiators in the remainder of Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021, which gets underway on June 9 in UAE.

Faf du Plessis: Standard In PSL Is Very Good

South African batsman Faf du Plessis has been one of the highest run-getters for Chennai Super Kings in the last two editions. Faf Du Plessis is all set to play for Quetta Gladiators in the Pakistan Super League (PSL), starting June 9, and has drawn an interesting comparison between the two neighboring countries’ major T20 leagues.

The South African batsman said that while IPL is the playground for some top-quality spinners, PSL in Pakistan has a plethora of fast bowlers who are trying to prove their worth. Faf Du Plessis was in tremendous form for CSK this season in India and scored 320 runs in 7 matches at a strike rate of 145.45.

“The standard in PSL is very good. The thing that impressed me the most in the tournament is the fast bowlers. From a country like South Africa, where you grew up facing very fast pace, I was surprised to see the number of bowlers bowling at over 140kmph. I think India has a huge variety of spin bowlers. But, I think the real gem of the PSL is the amount of speed,” Du Plessis said.

Faf du Plessis Photo: PSL
Faf du Plessis Photo: PSL

Faf du Plessis was in scintillating form in IPL 2021. Faf du Plessis was also a star in CSK’s miserable campaign in the UAE in IPL 2020, scoring 449 runs in 13 matches at a strike rate of 140.75 with 4 fifties. CSK had performed poorly in IPL 2020 as for the first time the three-time IPL winners failed to qualify for the playoffs of the event.

“Very disappointing that another tournament had to be postponed due to COVID-19. It was kind of sad. My performance was going well but so was the team. Chennai Super Kings was playing some really good cricket. Very disappointing from that part,” Du Plessis said.

The South African was a touch disappointed by the sudden postponement of the tournament due to violation of the Covid-19 bio bubble at various venues in India with several players and support staff testing positive.

Karachi Kings, Multan Sultans Players Pay Tribute to Late Dean Jones
Image Credit: Twitter.
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PSL 2020: Karachi Kings, Multan Sultans Players Pay Tribute To Late Dean Jones

Ahead of the first playoffs of Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2020, the franchises Karachi Kings and Multan Sultan paid tribute to Dean Jones, who died in September because of a cardiac arrest. The late Australian cricketer was the head coach of Karachi Kings.

Dean Jones, at the age of 59, passed away in Mumbai where he was living in a hotel because of his professional commitments.

Multan Sultan joined Karachi Kings for paying tribute to their late head coach. They formed a ‘D’ and placed a life-size cut out of Jones in the middle, with the words ‘We Miss Your’ printed on it while the digital scoreboard displayed the words ‘Forever in our hearts, Deano!’

Dean Jones
Image Credit: Twitter.

Dean Jones Farewelled At Iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground

Dean Jones
Dean Jones. Image Credit: Twitter

Dean Jones, with the name of ‘Prof Deano’, was a highly active social media user and kept his openly about cricket on all the platforms. He had played 52 Test matches scoring 3,631 runs at an average of 46.55. The batsman also had eleven Test centuries to his name.

Apart from Tests, Jones also played 164 ODIs and scored 6068 runs at an average of 44.61, including seven centuries and 46 fifties.

Dean Jones was also given a rich farewell in Melbourne Cricket Ground. He was bid adieu with a final lap of honour at the empty MCG. A total of 10 people, including his family and close friends, attended the event.

Meanwhile, Karachi Kings won the first playoff against Multan Sultan and are now set to play the grand-finale of the PSL 2020. Their opponent in the marquee clash will be the winner between Lahore Qalandars and Multan Sultan, who will clash again with each other on Sunday (November 15)

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Mahmudullah Tests COVID-19 Positive; Set To Miss Pakistan Super League Playoffs

Bangladesh T20I captain Mahmudullah, who was signed as the replacement of Moeen Ali by Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise Multan Sultans, has tested positive for the coronavirus which is why he will now not feature in playoffs scheduled to start from November 14.

Only the playoffs, comprising of four matches, were left to play in the PSL as the group stage had already been played in February before the coronavirus outbreak. The pandemic had halted the league, and thus, it was postponed. Now, Pakistan had got the window to host the remaining crucial encounter to decide the winner of this season.

Notably, PSL 2020 is the first season being hosted in Pakistan while the other past editions since inauguration were organised in the UAE.

Mahmudullah isolated himself after two positive results:

Mahmudullah
Mahmudllah. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

While talking to ESPNCricinfo, Mahmudullah expressed that he was surprised by his news being tested positive for the infectious virus. Currently, he has isolated himself in the hotel room and will also not feature in the playoffs.

“I was surprised with a positive result from my Covid test, on November 6. I didn’t have fever or any other symptoms other than a bit of cold. Nothing more than that. I got tested for a second time yesterday, and that also came out as positive,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Mahmudullah as saying.

“I am now taking rest in a separate room. I am a little worried about my wife and kids. I am seeking everyone’s prayers for quick recovery and for my family’s well-being,” he added.

Mahmudullah
Mahmudullah Riyad (Image Credit: Getty Images.)

“It is disappointing to miss the chance to play in the PSL. It is a competitive tournament. It was a good opportunity to play a couple of matches there,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Mahmudullah as saying.

“I am now looking forward to getting well soon and try to participate in our Bangabandhu T20 Cup,” the skipper added. 

The remaining four matches (playoffs) of the tournament will now be played in Karachi on November 14, 15, and 17.

PSL
PSL (Credits: Twitter)
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Spending More Than What We Earn: PSL Franchises Want PCB To Frame New Financial And Ownership Model

The 6 PSL (Pakistan super league) franchises have jointly made a request to the Pakistan cricket board to revise the financial and ownership model of the tournament, opining that it is causing losses to them but benefitting the PCB. The relations between the franchises and the board strained after PCB excluded three franchises -Karachi, Lahore and Multan, from the negotiating table for defaulting on payments.

The franchises were supposed to get 20-22 crores as their share of earnings. The PSL was postponed after league-stage matches due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The franchises have pointed out that they are spending far more than what they earn. A joint letter to the PCB was sent by the franchises intimating the PCB after the last-minute cancellation of the governing council meeting which was scheduled for July 28.

Indian players to participate in Pakistan Super League?
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Franchises want PCB to be more professional

The PCB insisted on only having a meeting with those franchises who have fulfilled their financial obligations and hence cancelled the meeting scheduled on 28th of July. The 6 franchises insisted that in future only the PCB Chairman or the CEO Wasim Khan should address future meetings between the franchises and the board.

PSL, Platinum Category, PSL 2020 draft
PSL trophy (Image Credit: Google)

The six franchises also claimed in their mail that the response of the board to their problems has been unprofessional. They have also accused that the board’s current policy was causing losses to them but benefitting the PCB

PCB still uncertain on conducting the remaining matches

The PCB still remain uncertain whether to conduct the remaining four matches of the PSL-5, which were postponed due to the sudden outbreak of Covid-19 or announce the winner on the basis of points table position after the completion of the league matches.

PCB, chairman, Ehsan Mani, India, Pakistan,
PCB

If they hold the remaining four games, including the final, the PCB is set to lose around three to four crores in doing so.

 

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PCB And PSL Franchises Are Very Disappointed With Each Other

The relations between the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchises are not going well anyway. While three PSL franchises have failed to fulfil their financial and sponsorship obligations, the PCB is highly disappointed with these franchises and interacted strictly with these franchises.

The recent PSL Governing Council meeting was scheduled on 28th July 2019. However, that meeting was called off due to the unavailability of the PCB Chairman and CEO, who were in the UK for vacations. All the franchise owners were unimpressed on that meeting postponement and they sent a hard-hitting email to the PCB.

PCB, PSL franchises, PSL 2020
Pakistan Cricket Board. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

But in reply, the PSL project executive Shoaib Naved informed that the three PSL franchises, who have failed to fulfil their financial and sponsorship obligations, would not be the part of the PSL GC or any further discussions until their dues get cleared.

A reliable source in the board said according to PTI, “Shoaib Naved made it clear that the board has decided why should the franchises who had kept their financial matters with the board up to date suffer because of the defaulting franchises.”

The PCB is following very strict nature at the present moment

While the franchises are asking to clear their shares of the PSL revenues, the PCB is not considering their demands until completion of their submission of all required details.

The source added, “The PCB has taken the stance that until the franchises don’t submit all details asked for as per contractual obligations they can’t get their shares plus defaulting franchises have to first clear their dues and give all sponsorship details before things can move ahead.”

The fifth edition of the PSL started on 20th February 2020. It was the first time when Pakistan was hosting a complete edition of the PSL. While the league stage was completed, the COVID-19 pandemic forced to postpone the entire playoffs/knockout stages of the PSL 2020.

PCB, PSL franchises, PSL 2020
PSL trophy (Image Credit: Google)

While the franchises want to complete the last-four stages, the PCB is not interested to continue the PSL 2020 due to chances of further losses. Instead of rescheduling the remaining matches of this tournament, the PCB wants to decide the tournament winners according to the final position in the points table.

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Wasim Akram Points Out The Difference Between IPL And PSL

The former Pakistan captain and legendary left-arm pacer Wasim Akram has recently opened up why the Indian Premier League (IPL) is highly successful and the Pakistan Super League (PSL) is not in the same level yet.

The cash-rich Indian T20 league, IPL, is undoubtedly huge successful. While the competition level is very high in this tournament, the players, support staff and the franchises are also now earning very well. IPL is now moving to the 13th edition, and it is only growing up with the time progress.

IPL
IPL Trophy (Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL)

On the other hand, the other T20 leagues haven’t managed to achieve this height of success yet, and the five-year-old PSL is currently struggling enough, at least financially.

PSL
PSL trophy (Image Credit: Google)

Wasim Akram, who experienced both the IPL (Kolkata Knight Riders) and PSL (Islamabad United, Multan Sultans and Karachi Kings) as the coach, feels that there is a big difference between these two leagues and he majorly pointed out the monetary reason. While the IPL franchises can buy good players by using a good amount of money, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is utilising their huge profit in the first-class cricket to maintain their development in the game.

Wasim Akram, IPL, PSL
Wasim Akram (Photo by K Asif/India Today Group/Getty Images)

Akram told Tanveer Ahmed on his YouTube channel, “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. 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.” 

The system is completely different in India than Pakistan: Wasim Akram

While in the last few years, many good quality cricketers have grown up in India and the process is continuously moving forward, Akram believes that the personal coaches are the main reason. The 54-year-old former Pakistan left-arm pacer has pointed out how the former Indian players are becoming the coaches, and it is helping to grow up the players positively.

wasim Akram, IPL, PSL
Wasim Akram (Image Credit: AFP)

Akram added, “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.”

The BCCI is now busy to organise the IPL 13 successfully in this calendar year. Though it was originally scheduled between 29th March and 24th May 2020 in India, the coronavirus pandemic forced to postpone this tournament for an indefinite period.

Now, the BCCI has decided to organise the IPL 2020 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from September to November 2020.

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CSK player Shane Watson. (Image Credit: Twitter)
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Shane Watson Reveals Why IPL Is Above BBL And Other Leagues

Former Australian cricketer Shane Watson has played in Indian Premier League, Pakistan Super League, Caribbean Premier League and Big Bash League. So, the veteran is well acquainted with the atmosphere of all the above leagues. He opines the difference between all the leagues and hails IPL for being the best among all.

After his retirement from international cricket, the all-rounder has participated in almost every edition of all the league, except, BBL, because he retired from the league ahead of the last season.

Shane Watson, CSK, IPL, CPL, PSL, BBL
Shane Watson (Image Credit: Google)

The one thing that the IPL and PSL do is make the quality of the cricket, the product, the number one priority: Shane Watson

In IPL, he now plays under the captaincy of MS Dhoni for Chennai Super Kings (CSK). He has also played for Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL. According to him, IPL is unique and different from other leagues because of the quality of cricket. The presence of top Indian players makes the league more competitive and successful unlike BBL, who only focuses on entertainment, says Watson.

Shane Watson, IPL, BBL
Shane Watson (Photo Credit: IPL/BCCI)

Quetta Gladiators player Shane Watson feels PSL is similar to IPL where he gets to face world-class spinners and pacers which improves the quality of the league.

Shane Watson, Big Bash League
Shane Watson. (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images)

“The one thing that the IPL and PSL do is make the quality of the cricket, the product, the number one priority. They know that if this is of the highest quality possible, then the longevity of the tournament and the commercial growth and success will look after itself.

“This is where the BBL has really lost its way. The quality of the cricket has been put on the back burner in the Big Bash and the entertainment gimmicks have been brought to the forefront.”

Further, former Brisbane Heat captain also suggested how the BBL can be improved. He recommends that more international players should join the league. The Aussies players are not available because of the clash of the league schedule with international cricket.

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