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The Indian Premier League (IPL) has truly been the star of the show when it comes down to the most financially successful franchise-based T20 cricket event in the world. However, since its emergence in the international circuit, the Pakistan Super League (PSL) has been giving tough competition to the Indian league on a lot of grounds.
Some key factors are listed below that make the latter stand out from the former.
1. Open Trails System
PSL so far has been successful in converting underrated faces into stars through an open trial system. The competition has provided many opportunities for the raw talent to go up the ranks and compete at the international level with the likes of Haris Rauf and Shahnawaz Dahani being the prime examples of it.
On the other hand, India’s IPL doesn’t rely on the open trial system. Though they have achieved success through talent scouts, in comparison, the open trial system is more generally more effective. Hence, Pakistan’s league is better at finding raw talent.
2. Quality of Fast Bowling
Another vital factor is the quality of fast bowling in the tournament. Over the years, many fast bowlers have come out and have done wonders across the globe. From Shaheen Afridi to Hasan Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Muhammad Hasnain, and Naseem Shah, this is a never-ending list.
As stated by Wasim Akram, lots of foreign coaches have agreed to the fact that the quality of bowling in PSL is better in comparison with IPL.
3. Getting Elite Players for Lesser Price
There is no doubt that Indian franchises pay a significant amount to foreign cricketers in comparison with the Pakistan ones. However, that doesn’t neglect the fact that the quality of cricket is always preferred over money.
The same players who get huge salaries in the Indian Premier League have taken an active part in PSL on a very low budget. The names of Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, and Tymal Mills are worth mentioning.
4. PSL aims to bring International Cricket back to Pakistan
The competition in India is played to bring smiles to the faces of the cricketing fraternity but on the other hand, the contest here is played for a much bigger cause.
When the players of Sri Lanka were attacked in the year 2009, it was a tough time for Pakistan cricket; but, when the PSL emerged on the scene, it played a major role in not only bringing international cricket back to Pakistan but also sending a positive image to the world regarding Pakistan as a peace-loving nation.
In the light of the above-mentioned facts, we can surely say that PSL is better than IPL.
The biggest and foremost reason why PSL is better than IPL is the duration of the tournament.
The IPL has been an eight-team tournament which is now extending to ten-team long. The teams play each other in the round-robin format and hence the tally of matches goes up to 70 odd in one single season and it will commence for over 45 days.
On the contrary, PSL is a short tournament, which comprises only 6 teams and it takes a month to complete. In this fast-paced world, the fans await quick results of the matches and therefore it can be annoying and boring for them to sit back for 45+ days rather than waiting anxiously for 30 days.