South African cricketer Dale Steyn has apologized to his fans and all those who were offended by his IPL related comments, in which he had said that tournaments like Pakistan Super League (PSL) were more rewarding than Indian Premier League (IPL). Steyn had also expressed that cricket was ignored due to the extra cash involved in IPL.
“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,” Steyn had said about IPL.
“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. 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. I wanted to stay away from that and really put more emphasis on playing and bringing good vibes to good cricket teams and tournaments I feel are worth it,” he had quoted.
Many cricket fans were offended by Steyn's comments and cricket Twitter criticized him. After seeing all those bashing from fans, Steyn took to Twitter to apologize to his fans. The legendary fast bowler had opted out of IPL 2021.
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.
— Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) March 3, 2021
"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," he wrote in his tweet.