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Updated March 24th, 2024 at 19:23 IST

'No comparison of us with India': Pakistan fan gets REALITY CHECK after seeing IPL's popularity

The IPL boasts a massive fan base, with millions of followers not just in India but across the world, including in Pakistan.

Reported by: Vishal Tiwari
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A recent tweet by a Pakistani cricket fan named Muzamil Asif has ignited a debate on the stark differences between the cricketing infrastructures of India and Pakistan. Asif expressed his admiration for India's cricketing prowess and infrastructure, acknowledging that Pakistan lags significantly behind its neighboring country.

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"There is no comparison of us with India. They have stadiums of next level. Look at Eden Gardens. We can't match them even in the next 10-15 years," tweeted Muzamil Asif.

Why PSL cannot match IPL's standards?

The tweet underscores the undeniable popularity and success of the Indian Premier League (IPL), which has emerged as one of the most lucrative and widely-watched cricket leagues globally. The IPL boasts a massive fan base, with millions of followers not just in India but across the world. The tournament has also generated enormous revenue through sponsorships, broadcasting rights, and ticket sales, contributing significantly to the growth of Indian cricket.

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One of the crown jewels of the IPL is the iconic Eden Gardens stadium in Kolkata, known for its electrifying atmosphere and rich cricketing history. The stadium, with its capacity to hold over 66,000 spectators, epitomizes the grandeur and scale of cricket in India.

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In contrast, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has struggled to match the scale and success of the IPL due to various challenges, including financial constraints and limited resources. While Pakistan has produced several talented cricketers and has a passionate fan base, the country has not been able to organize a tournament of the IPL's magnitude.

Furthermore, the absence of mega-star players from around the world in the PSL has also impacted the country's cricketing profile on the international stage. Unlike India, where the IPL boasts the presence of cricketing icons like David Warner, Trent Boult, and Pat Cummins, Pakistan has seen top players miss out on participating in its high-profile league due to various reasons, including political tensions and security concerns.

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Published March 24th, 2024 at 19:23 IST

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