Dale Steyn apologies, after saying money is given more importance than match in IPL

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On Wednesday, South Africa pace Dale Steyn apologized for his criticism of the IPL, said he never intended to “degrade or insult” the world’s biggest franchise- based T20 tournament. Steyn said in his statement that cricket is sometimes forgotten and all the money talk in the IPL was taken out of the context in Social sites

Steyn tweeted, “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.”

He apologized after he claimed on the sidelines of the PSL I.E Pakistan Super League 6, where is representing Quetta Gladiators, that money is given more importance than the match in the IPL.

Steyn stated, “I think when you go to the 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.”

In January 2021, Steyn declared that he is opting out of the IPL 2021 but will play other leagues around the world.

Steyn has played 95 IPL matches, picking up 97 wickets with a best of 3 for 8. But his repeated injury breakdowns didn’t help his cause and he featured in just 12 IPL matches in the last three seasons.