Star Zimbabwe all-rounder Sikandar Raza has often caught the headlines with his interviews, the 37-year-old was once again in the headlines after he spoke to the press about his preparation for the 17th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Having already competed in the marquee tournament, Raza featured for Punjab Kings in the 16th edition of the tournament, where he impressed with both the bat and the ball. It is worth noting that Raza is currently competing in the ILT20, where he is representing Dubai Capitals. Speaking of how he is preparing for the IPL 2024, Raza opined that there is no better preparation than playing cricket. He also compared various franchised league tournaments to the IPL.
“There is no better preparation than playing cricket. So, ILT20, of course, is a high-standard league. I am going to play PSL from here. I am looking forward to that PSL. So, you know, my preparation leading to the IPL will be playing ILT20 and the PSL. I mean, you cannot substitute game time. I think that is the best preparation one can have before the IPL,” Raza told Sportsnow.
“I just think that the availability of all the players for one tournament makes IPL really special. In most of the matches we play, the crowd comes and support their teams. That’s something that is different in the IPL. The only league when it comes to the crowd that comes close to the IPL is the PSL. So, I think IPL definitely stands out with a couple of factors, yes,” he added.
IPL is by far the best league: Raza
Furthermore, Sikandar Raza heaped massive praise onto the IPL, branding it the best franchise league tournament in world cricket. Besides, Raza also opined that the coveted league was the world’s biggest cricket carnival undoubtedly and way better than the PSL.
“IPL is by far the best league when it comes to the PSL also. Like it is much better than the PSL. That is what I’m trying to say, I am not a fan of comparisons. But yes, it is. I think the IPL is the biggest league on the planet,” Raza added.