Pakistan cricket captain, Babar Azam, recently expressed his preference for the Australian Big Bash League over the Indian T20 League during an episode of the Peshawar Zalmi podcast. According to Babar, the conditions in Australia are different, with fast pitches that offer a unique learning opportunity for cricketers. In contrast, he feels that the Indian T20 League offers similar conditions to those in Asia, which do not provide the same level of growth and development opportunities.
While Babar has not yet played in the Big Bash League, his comments highlight the differences between the two T20 cricket leagues. Political tensions between India and Pakistan have prevented Pakistani cricketers from taking part in the Indian T20 League since the first season, which may have contributed to Babar’s preference for the Australian league.
Babar Azam is one of Pakistan’s most celebrated cricketers, having established himself as a dependable top-order batsman. His recent entry into The Hundred draft for 2023 with a reserve price of £100,000 is a further testament to his growing stature in the world of cricket.
Meanwhile, former India cricketer Aakash Chopra has expressed his belief that the HBL Pakistan Super League (PSL) is currently the second-best T20 league after the Indian T20 League. While acknowledging the potential of the Big Bash League, he felt that it was lagging behind in comparison to the PSL.
T20 cricket has become increasingly popular in recent years, with various leagues around the world vying for the attention of fans and players alike. The Indian T20 League is widely considered to be the most lucrative and prestigious of these leagues, with many of the world’s best cricketers taking part.
However, Babar’s comments suggest that for him, the Big Bash League offers a more unique and valuable experience. With its fast pitches and different playing conditions, the league may provide a more challenging environment for cricketers to develop their skills and compete at the highest level.
Ultimately, whether the Big Bash League or Indian T20 League is better is a matter of opinion. Each league has its unique strengths and weaknesses, and players and fans will have their preferences. However, Babar’s comments offer an interesting insight into what he values in a T20 league, and why he believes the Big Bash League is superior to the Indian T20 League.
Babar Azam’s comments have not sit well with Indian cricket fans who seem to be clearly annoyed at Babar suggest the second most lucrative league in the world to be inferior to the Big Bash which is losing its charm.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to Babar Azam claiming Big Bash to be better than Indian T20 League:
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— Prayag (@theprayagtiwari) March 16, 2023
Lol! Who cares for what Babar Azam thinks. Ask the Aussies players who rush to participate in the IPL and make loads of money. Case of sour grapes! ?
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