Dale Steyn apologises for IPL criticism: I never intended to be degrading or insulting

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Dale Steyn in the Pakistan Super League. (Photo by Asif Hassan/AFP)
Dale Steyn in the Pakistan Super League. (Photo by Asif Hassan/AFP)
  • Proteas fast bowler Dale Steyn has apologised for his criticism of the Indian Premier League.
  • In an interview in Pakistan earlier this week, Steyn said he turned down this year's IPL because he found other T20 leagues more rewarding.
  • Steyn took to Twitter to apologise, stating that his words were "never intended to degrade any league".

Proteas fast bowler Dale Steyn has apologised for his criticism over the Indian Premier League (IPL), which he believes was taken out of context.

In an interview with Pakistan Cricket this week, Steyn said that he turned his back on the lucrative IPL as he believes that "cricket gets forgotten".

"I wanted some time off. I found that playing in these other leagues was slightly more rewarding as a player," said Steyn, who is currently participating in the Pakistan Super League (PSL).

"I think when you go to IPL, there are such big squads and so many big names and so much emphasis on maybe the amount of money players earn and everything like that, so sometimes, somewhere down the line, cricket gets forgotten."

Naturally, his comments received massive traction in India with many disappointed.

Steyn, who retired from Test cricket in 2019, issued an apology on Twitter on Wednesday, stating that the IPL has been "amazing" for 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," he wrote.

"Social media and words out of context can often do that. My apologies if this has upset anyone."

Steyn, who has represented Royal Challengers Bangalore, Deccan Chargers, Gujarat Lions and Sunrisers Hyderabad, played in 95 IPL games and has taken 97 wickets.

Earlier this year, Steyn confirmed via Twitter that he would not be competing in this year's IPL and was released by the Royal Challengers Bangalore.

The 37-year-old is currently in Karachi, making his Pakistan Super League season debut with the Quetta Gladiators.

Steyn, who is still available for the Proteas in white-ball cricket, has taken five wickets in his three PSL games thus far.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan Super League was suspended with immediate effect on Thursday after seven coronavirus cases came to light.

Steyn, who hasn't played for the Proteas since February 2020, is hoping to compete in October's T20 World Cup in India.

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