Veteran South African pacer Dale Steyn took to Twitter to clarify his stance on the controversy that erupted after an interview went viral on social media in which the South Africa pacer was explaining why he opted out of the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Steyn, who had said that the Pakistan Super League (PSL) is more rewarding than IPL, said his words were never intended to be degrading, insulting or comparing any cricket leagues and added that the cash-rich league has been “nothing short of amazing” in his career.
“IPL has been nothing short of amazing in my career, as well as other players too. My words were never intended to be degrading, insulting, or comparing of any leagues. Social media and words out of context can often do that. My apologies if this has upset anyone. Much love,” Dale Steyn tweeted.
A few days back, the 37-year-old, during an interaction on YouTube channel, Cricket Pakistan, stated that in IPL, with so many big names in every squad, the attention shifts away from cricket and there is more emphasis on the amount of money is given to an individual.
“I have found that playing in other leagues was slightly more rewarding as a player.
“When you go to IPL, there are such big squads and there are so many big names and there’s so much emphasis on the amount of money that the players earn that sometimes, somewhere along the line the cricket gets forgotten,” he had said.
Dale Steyn had oped out of IPL 2021 after being released by the RCB ahead of the IPL 2021 auction. The pacer is currently representing the Quetta Gladiators in the ongoing PSL 6. Gladiators will take on Multan Sultans later today at the National Stadium in Karachi.