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No T20 league can compete with the IPL: David Miller

Amla and Miller, however, believe that the South African T20 league will not be affected by the absence of Indian players.

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Sandeep Sharma and David Miller of Kings XI Punjab d. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

South African cricketers David Miller and Hashim Amla are quite pepped up to be the part of South Africa’s homegrown T20 league this year. The Global Destination League will roll out by the end of this year and will be functioning on the lines of the T20 leagues like the IPL, BBL, CPL, PSL, and BPL. One thing that will be missed in the new proposed league will be the participation of the Indian players.

The BCCI does not let the Indian players participate in the T20 leagues elsewhere in the world. Hence, the tournaments often miss out on some big Indian stars. The GDL will be no different as the Indian board is yet to give a green signal to the Indian players for the tournament. However, South African batsman Hashim Amla feels that will not hamper the tournament much.

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As per the quotes in the Indian Express, Amla noted that the other leagues do not feature Indian stars but are still very successful in their own might. Also, he refused to comment on the policies that the BCCI is keen on maintaining in regard to keeping their players fresh.

“The Indian players do not play any of the T20 leagues around the world. but other T20 tournaments are being held successfully. Hence, I don’t think it would be that big an issue. It is for the BCCI to take a decision on it, but I am very aware of how boards like to keep their players fresh, on which I do not have any comments to make,” Amla said.

Hard-hitting batsman David Miller voiced a similar opinion. He also quipped that the Indian players might not be in the series but there would be other quality international stars in the South African league which will keep the standards high.

“Despite the unavailability of Indian players in the new league, guys in South Africa are still going to be exposed to Australians, New Zealand, English and other international players,” quoted David Miller.

Both Miller and Amla are currently playing for the Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League. Miller believes that there is no T20 league that can match the standards of the IPL at the moment. There is huge amount of cash flowing in the tournament which is very hard to match.

“In a sense, it has got huge money; it has got all the exposure — it has got everything. So, I don’t think any other league around the globe can compete with IPL,” Miller added.

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