There is no doubt about the fact that Indian Premier League (IPL) which started way back in 2008 and is already done with 10 editions is the most merchandisable league in the world right now.
IPL is the favourite league of all the global sponsors and has done wonders for Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) financially. But today, we will be shedding light on some of the things in which Pakistan Super League (PSL) is better than the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Pakistan Super League has been highly competitive league and we have seen players who perform at ease in the IPL has failed miserably in PSL. Chris Gayle who went unsold in the 3rd edition of PSL is the prime example.
BCCI is the richest board in the world but that doesn’t mean IPL franchises should be picking a player for 12 Crore INR, whereas the same player played in the PSL for just 30 Lakhs PKR. Tymal Mills was purchased by RCB for 12 Crores and he played for Quetta Gladiators for just 30 Lakhs. Reliable reports also suggest that Chris Lynn will also get lesser salary in PSL than he got in IPL.
With IPL staying for more than two months with 70 odd matches in total, it becomes quite boring for the T20 fans as they are used to quick and fast results. PSL on the other hand stays hardly for a month and keeps all the teams on the toes in each and every game which raises the standard of cricket being played.
The concept of open trials for the unknown faces doesn’t get a lot of backing from the IPL franchises. Whilst PSL has brought raw talents to the field through their players development programs from Lahore Qalandars and few of the other franchises. Yasir Jan and Muhammad Irfan Jnr are the examples.
Last but not the least, the genuine rivalry which the world has witnessed in the fans of Karachi and Lahore hasn’t been seen anywhere in the fans of Mumbai and Delhi. IPL might be a bigger league financially but PSL with its unpretentious rivalry among the franchises before the tournament adds a lot of excitement. After Karachi and Lahore, The new franchise Multan Sultans has already started a friendly banter with Islamabad United on twitter, something which is missing in the IPL franchises.