Indian Premier League (IPL) is undoubtedly one of the biggest sporting events of the world and Indians are pretty possessive about it as they are very passionate about cricket. Time and again, IPL has been compared with Pakistan Super League (PSL) despite the fact that the former is far ahead of the latter in terms of amount invested in the tournament, viewership, quality, etc.
IPL started in the year 2008 and it is 12 years old while PSL is just five years old, all the editions of cash-rich Indian league have been played in India except once when it was conducted in South Africa while this is the first time that PSL is going to be played completely in Pakistan.
Earlier, most of the matches of PSL were played in UAE and some matches were played in Pakistan because of the security concerns as overseas player didn’t want to play in a country which is famous for anti-social activities. The big names of the cricket world used to avoid going Pakistan; however this time, there is good news for PSL fans as popular cricketers such as Shane Watson, Jason Roy and others will be seen in this season of PSL.
In simple terms, IPL is much grander and bigger than PSL and Indian fans just can’t tolerate if any comparison is made between the two leagues and above all, if PSL is ranked similar to IPL. Recently former Australian cricketer Brad Hogg was asked by a Twitter user to rate IPL and PSL.
The tweet read, “Sir if u give points to cricket leagues Then how much for PSL and IPL”
Sir if u give points to cricket leagues Then how much for PSL and IPL
— Muhammad Azhar (@Muhamma51462287) March 15, 2020
In his reply, Brad Hogg gave 9 points out of 10 to both the leagues and mentioned his reasons for the same. He tweeted, “Both 9 out of 10. The PSL has been the most prevalent of late because it has bought the game back to Pakistan. The IPL has the most interest in viewership worldwide.”
Both 9 out of 10. The PSL has been the most prevalent of late because it has bought the game back to Pakistan. The IPL has the most interest in viewership worldwide. https://t.co/7jf5ulmCzQ
— Brad Hogg (@Brad_Hogg) March 15, 2020
Brad Hogg giving the same rating to both the leagues didn’t go well with the Indians. While Brad Hogg said that IPL has most interest in viewership globally, he rated PSL equivalent to IPL as it brought cricket back to Pakistan.
Keeping PSL on the same platform as IPL irked the Indian cricket fans and while some made fun of this, there were some who demanded to oust him from the commentary panel.
Here are some of the selected tweets:
— Jitendra (@hydbadshah) March 15, 2020
Whose cajones did you have for breakfast before you decided on this @Brad_Hogg ?
— Anirudh Goyal (@anirudhgoyal) March 15, 2020
There is no comparison between Tendulkar and Shahid Afridi 😆😆😆
— GAUTAM ROY (@Gautamiit09Roy) March 16, 2020
There is a lot of difference between PSL and IPL, PSL will take 10 years to reach the standard of IPL. PSL is praised by the player who was not taken by any team in the IPL.
— Khan Ahmad Jamal (@KhanAhmadJamal) March 16, 2020
Lol.. How on earth can u compare the grand IPL and small PSL.
I think Syed Mustaq Ali Trophy and PSL could be a good comparision.#cricketlovers
— vipin mishra (@_Vipin_Mishra) March 16, 2020
And I was starting to take your YouTube videos seriously 😂😂😂😂😂
— Arun kumar (@arun_anchal36) March 15, 2020
Boy's played well🤣🤣🤣 faakis pic.twitter.com/QZ1Qt7OM2a
— SURESH AKHIL YADAV🇮🇳🇮🇳🖤 (@SURESHAKHILYad3) March 15, 2020
Which cheap weed did you get in Pakistan…🤣😜😂
— Sagar Sinkar (@scube63) March 16, 2020
IPL se PSL ka comparison ….👎👎 ganta …..🤣🤣🤣🇮🇳🇮🇳
— Shankar meena (@45lalpura) March 16, 2020
What braddy u kidding me?once in your recent post u said that Tom Latham is ur current fab test cricket & there is no place of kane Willi,and listen psl is like free fire and Ipl is pubg.
— Biltu Mondal (@BiltuMo61427569) March 16, 2020
Mad foolish 😂😂 PSL 9/10
— ravindra nath (@ravindranatha32) March 16, 2020
Who told u to rate the IPL… We don't need ur view…please show ur interest in PSL that's better for you… Please out him also from commentary panel….
— Jai Hind (@we272016) March 15, 2020
What is your take on the statement given by Brad Hogg? Do let us know.