Mumbai: Senior off-spinner Harbhajan Singh feels the National T20 Championship is as important as the cash-rich Indian Premier League as it gives domestic players a chance to impress the national selectors as well as get an IPL contract.
"This tournament is as important as IPL as this is where you see a lot of domestic cricketers, who are not part of IPL, in action. It offers them a good chance to impress and get into IPL," Harbhajan said after leading Punjab to a comfortable win over Assam.
"This is a good tournament for people like me to prepare for IPL (starting on April 4). This is not a warm-up tournament but a very serious tournament," said the veteran of 98 Tests.