Former Australian cricketer Shane Watson believes that in recent times, the quality of the Big Bash League (BBL) has fallen below the standards of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and Pakistan Super League (PSL).
BBL organizers had a difficult time as the number of venues was reduced to the minimum possible. As a result, many changes are expected in the next season.
Shane Watson believes that entertainment gimmick is now a top priority and that the BBL’s standards are “sadly lacking.”
“The quality of the cricket has been put on the back burner in the Big Bash and the entertainment gimmicks have been brought to the forefront,” he added.
According to him, IPL and PSL make cricket’s quality their first priority.
Shane Watson: Quality of BBL has gone down as compared to IPL and PSL
“The one thing that the IPL and PSL do is make the quality of the cricket, the product, the number one priority. They know that if this is of the highest quality possible, then the longevity of the tournament and the commercial growth and success will look after itself,” Watson was quoted as saying in his T20 Stars blog.
“Don’t get me wrong they have all of the bells and whistles as well, however, the glitz and glamour go on before and after the matches but very rarely does the entertainment affect the player’s ability to perform at their best. This is where the BBL has really lost its way,” Watson stated.
The ex-Australian player retired from the Australian T2o league in 2019. However, he still is a player of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in IPL and of Quetta Gladiators (QG) in PSL.