Dale Steyn believes other T20 leagues more 'rewarding' than IPL

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Dale Steyn for the Royal Challengers Bangalore
Dale Steyn for the Royal Challengers Bangalore
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  • Proteas fast bowler Dale Steyn said that he turned down this year's Indian Premier League because he found other T20 leagues more rewarding.
  • Steyn is currently in Karachi with the Quetta Gladiators in the Pakistan Super League.
  • The speedster stated that the "cricket often gets forgotten" during the lucrative IPL tournament.

Proteas fast bowler Dale Steyn explained his decision to skip this year's Indian Premier League (IPL), stating he found playing in other T20 leagues was "more rewarding as a player".

Steyn, who did not feature in the domestic T20 Challenge, is in Karachi for the Quetta Gladiators in the Pakistan Super League (PSL). 

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.

Since its inaugural edition in 2008, Steyn has played in 95 IPL games and taken 97 wickets at an average of 25.85.

In an interview with Pakistan Cricket, Steyn revealed 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," Steyn told Saleem Khaliq.

"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."

Steyn, who retired from Test cricket in 2019, said with other T20 leagues, the focus is more on cricket than on how much money they made. 

"When you come to like a PSL or the Sri Lankan Premier League, for that matter, there is an importance on the cricket. I have only been here for a couple of days and I have had people in and out of my room, just wanting to know about where I have played and how I went about it," said the experienced Proteas paceman.

"Whereas, when I go to something like the IPL that gets forgotten and the main topic is how much money did you go for in this IPL? That's just me being brutally honest."

Steyn comments come after a record-breaking IPL auction in February, which saw his fellow compatriot Chris Morris was bought by the Rajasthan Royals for a record fee of $2.25 million (R32.7 million).

"I wanted to stay away from that this year and really put more emphasis on playing and bringing good vibes to good cricket teams and tournaments I feel are worth it," continued Steyn.

The 37-year-old got his PSL debut underway last week when he took two for 44 in their loss against Peshawar Zalmi.

Steyn, who hasn't played for the Proteas since February 2020, has not retired from limited-overs cricket and is hoping to compete in October's T20 World Cup in India.

WATCH the full interview below

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