Franchise cricket has attracted a large number of cricketers from across the globe. It has given them a chance to showcase their talent to a bigger audience besides playing in the international tournaments. For some, the franchise cricket, has also opened doors for the national team. Not only that, the franchise T20 cricket across the globe has also been an huge entertainment package for fans, across the globe.
Former Sri Lanka all-rounder Farveez Maharoof played a few of the inaugural seasons in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and knows a thing or two about the tournament. An upright, open-chested action, developed over the years, with focus on accuracy over pace — Farveez Maharoof — picked up 15 wickets in the inaugural edition for the erstwhile Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Captials).
The campaign for Delhi Daredevils in IPL 2008 came to an end in the semi-finals against eventual champions Rajasthan Royals. Maharoof had contributed to the fore in the match, picking up a three-wicket haul, but it was not enough to stop the Jaipur franchise from posting a big total. The Sri Lankan was the core for the Delhi franchise in the next two editions and by his own admission those were ‘the best years for him’.
Farveez Maharoof: IPL any day, biggest brand in the world
IPL, hosted by the richest parent body, has become a big brand and every cricketer dreams of playing the tournament. It makes the quality of cricket better with more superstars at show. Big Bash League (BBL) in Australia and Pakistan Super League (PSL) in Pakistan has also enjoyed their fair share of success but not as much as the Indian tournament.
Mahroof picked up IPL as the better tournament as he suggests there is no bigger brand in the world of franchise cricket. “IPL, any day…” Farveez Mahroof picked the better league between IPL and BBL in an exclusive interview with CricketAddictor.
Then talking about comparisons with PSL, he said, “IPL is the biggest brand in the world, so…”
The Colombo all-rounder retired with 135 ODI wickets, 25 in Tests and seven T20I wickets with experiences in country cricket and the IPL, besides representing his national team in marquee tournaments.