Zimbabwean all-rounder Sikandar Raza has made a remarkable statement praising the Indian Premier League (IPL) as the ‘best’ and the ‘biggest’ T20 league worldwide.
After IPL, the cricket world has seen the emergence of various franchise cricket tournaments globally, such as the Pakistan Super League (PSL), the Lankan Premier League (LPL), the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), UAE’s ILT20, and Australia’s Big Bash League (BBL). Now, there has been an ongoing debate over which league holds the top spot.
Raza participated both in IPL and PSL as a foreign player and now the all-rounder has given his verdict without being biased. In an exclusive conversation with SportsNow, Raza highlighted that the presence of world-class players and the enthusiastic crowd support at various venues across the country make the IPL truly special.
“I just think that the availability of all the players for one tournament makes IPL really special. In most of the matches we play, the crowd comes and supports their teams. That’s something that’s really different in the IPL. The only other league when it comes to crowds that comes close to IPL is PSL. So, I think IPL definitely stands out with a couple of factors, yes,” Raza stated.
“IPL is by far the best league when it comes to PSL also. Like, it is much better than PSL. That’s what I’m trying to say. Yeah, I’m not a big fan of comparisons. But yes, it is. I think IPL is the biggest league on the planet,” he added.
Raza is currently playing for Punjab Kings and he has given some impressive performances for the team in IPL 2023. While sharing his experience playing in the IPL, Raza said, “IPL is such a big and global event that I am very grateful and blessed that Punjab picked me. And I don’t think I can ever repay their faith. I mean, they were the only team that raised the baton on the auction day.”
He further added, “So, if they hadn’t done that, I don’t think I would have been part of IPL last year, let alone this year. So, no, man. Being part of the IPL is a wonderful experience. And I am very grateful and humbled by the fact that Punjab has picked me.”