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Dale Steyn Issues Apology Over Comments on IPL; Says Never Intended to Degrade, Insult Any League

Dale Steyn Issues Apology Over Comments on IPL; Says Never Intended to Degrade, Insult Any League

Dale Steyn Issues Apology Over Comments on IPL; Says Never Intended to Degrade, Insult Any League

Steyn had said he found playing in leagues like Pakistan Super League ‘more rewarding’ as a player compared to the Indian Premier League.

A day after pacer Dale Steyn’s comment on IPL created a furor on social media, the former South African international on Wednesday took to social media to clarify his statements and said what he said was taken out of context and he did not intend to degrade, insult or compare any leagues.

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Steyn had said he found playing in leagues like Pakistan Super League ‘more rewarding’ as a player compared to the Indian Premier League. Steyn explained that there is too much focus on money in the IPL and ‘cricket gets forgotten’, while the game remains the central focus in other leagues.

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“I wanted some time off. I found that playing in these other leagues was slightly more rewarding as a player. 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,” said Steyn.

Reacting to Steyn’s comments, India vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane said, “IPL gave the platform to express ourselves, to alot of Indians and overseas players. I don’t know what Dale Steyn said, but we’re here to talk about the Test match.”

Steyn faced a lot of flak on social media for his comments and he has issued an apology, stating,  “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. Social media and words out of context can often do that. My apologies if this has upset anyone. Much love”.

Steyn had pulled out of IPL 2021 while stressing he was not retiring from the game. He was a part of the Royal Challengers Bangalore side in IPL 2020 but played only three matches picking up one wicket at an economy of 11.40.

Since 2015, Steyn has played only 12 matches in IPL.

In 2019, Steyn had come into RCB as a replacement player and played a couple of games before injuring his shoulder, which ended up hurting his World Cup plans as he was ruled out with injury.

Steyn has overall played 95 IPL matches for 97 wickets at an economy of 6.91. He has represented Deccan Chargers, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Gujarat Lions and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the past.

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first published:March 03, 2021, 13:55 IST