So you think IPL is better than PSL, huh? You see the $ 5 Billion valuations, $ 2 Million prize money, millionaire players; a billion eyeballs, 22 countries reach, Chris Gayle, AB Deviliers, glitz Bollywood style and you get hoodwinked. Then you catch eye-candy cheerleaders from Russia, movie temptresses in their shades prancing around the stadium, and noisy Indians in the stands and you think what can be better? It doesn’t end here. You get to see cricketers breaking into the big league, going out with movie stars and models. Virat Kohli dances and parties like he’s made it and snags Bollywood’s sweetheart Anushka. Shehkar Dhawan gets a mean Tattoo. Then you hear stories of cheating, match-fixing below all that.
All of this illusion put together feels like an epic movie with sculpted bodies, stunning visuals, Romanesque extravagance, greed, ambition, and good storyline with the hero carrying the day eventually, after a battle.
I’ll tell you what IPL doesn’t have— it’s Swagger!
PSL has the rawness that shows real courage under fire. It instantly relays disappointments, struggles, grit, mental toughness, genuine passion, and merit. It’s here at PSL where real heroes are made. This is something that money and PSL (both synonymous), cannot buy.
Swag is the way Muhammad Amir completely own Kohli in the Champions trophy, twice! It is the way Fakhar destroyed the Indian attack like they were school boys. Swag is the way Wahab Riaz firing cannons Steve Smith, knowing fully well Pakistan has lost the race for the world cup. It’s about having faith and never quitting, something the Indians and their IPL can never know.
Pakistanis breathe faith every day. Pakistan’s character has been hardened over years of tempering, this reflects in PSL. While IPL behaves like a housemaid to foreign players, PSL couldn’t care less.
PSL is Pakistan sticking it to ICC and India for trying to isolate the country. It’s a poke in the eye for Mr. Modi and we love it. It’s the jubilation of Kashmiris waving the green crescent, under the barrel of the gun. It’s the kick in the behind of all the naysayers who thought Pakistan is a failed state.
Every international team Pakistan decimates is because of this diehard attitude that can’t be faked. Brazil has some of it in soccer. No one beats Maradona and his ‘arm of god’ goal in the world cup. Similarly, no one can take Shahid Afridi’s winning sixer against India out of our national psyche. You can pay $2.3 Million to Kohli but you can’t force people to love him like they do Afridi.
The stats of PSL are not bad either for a nascent tournament. PSL reportedly generated income of Rs 2.5 Billion, prize money of $ 0.7Million, 10 countries watching, 100 million impressions and a decent star player participation.
Not to mention PSL trophy with its diamond-studded exterior is a lot prettier than IPL’s..
The real reason why foreign cricketers would love to play in Pakistan is for the experience of handling the most skilled, wily and aggressive brand of cricket anywhere on the globe.
IPL can’t teach them later reverse swing, teesra, slower balls and pinch-hitting like the devil possessed.
Even our Ramzan cup has more fireworks than Bangla Cricket League and Big Bash league.
So, PSL is the Brazil of cricket whereas IPL is Bundesliga. It’s about time BCCI stop behaving like a spoilt brat and let the games begin or else they will miss the Pakistan cricket bus, because PSL is going places.