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All About The 7 Richest T20 Cricket Leagues In The World

credits: The Hindu

The game of Cricket has changed at a serious pace in the last decade or so. There have been a number of attractive changes in test cricket because fans simply refuse to watch the classic 5-day test matches. Bowlers are being destroyed in the T20 format. And most of this is due to a number of T20 Cricket Leagues around the globe.

For better or worse, every cricket-playing nation has its own T20 Cricket League nowadays. And thanks to the cricket fans, who prefer watching the shorter and more exciting format of cricket, these Cricket leagues have quickly gained a lot of popularity. And where there is popularity, the dollar bills follow!

Cricket Leagues have their pockets full with various brand deals, broadcasting rights, ticket sales, and whatnot. But how do they compare against one another? Well, here is our list of the seven richest cricket leagues:

8Top 7 Cricket Leagues of the World

S.N Top Cricket Leagues
1 Ram Slam T20 Cricket League/ Betway Cricket League
2 Bangladesh Premier League (BPL)
3 Caribbean Premier League (CPL)
4 Pakistan Super League (PSL)
5 Natwest T20 Blast
6 Big Bash League (BBL)
7 Indian Premier League (IPL)

7Ram Slam T20 Cricket League/Betway Cricket League

Cricket Leagues (Credits MSC Sports)
Countries South Africa
Administrator Cricket South Africa
Format Twenty20
First edition 2003–04
Latest edition 2020–21
Tournament format Double round-robin, qualifier, and final
Number of teams 6
Current champion Imperial Lions (4th title)
Most successful Titans (6 titles)

One of the oldest T20 Cricket League in the World, Ram Slam T20 Challenge is South Africa’s domestic tournament, first held in 2003-04. The 15th edition of the tournament, held in April-May 2019, was the final one as Cricket South Africa is set to restructure their domestic cricket League.

The competition gained quite a popularity around the globe thanks to T20 specialists like AB de Villiers, David Miller, and many more being a part of it. The exact figures for the revenues and sponsorship deal of the competition are unknown. But with title sponsors Ram, the leading courier company and broadcasting right to Super Sports, Ram Slam T20 Challenge is definitely amongst the top seven richest leagues.

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6Bangladesh Premier League (BPL)- Famous Cricket Leagues

Cricket Leagues (Credits Sportzwiki)
Countries Bangladesh
Administrator BCB
Format Twenty20
First edition 2012
Latest edition 2019–20
Next edition 2022
Tournament format Round-robin and Playoffs
Number of teams 7
Current champion Rajshahi Royals (1st title)
Most successful Franchise of Dhaka (3 titles)
Most runs Mushfiqur Rahim (2274)
Most wickets Shakib Al Hasan (106)
TV List of broadcasters
Website BPL

The Cricket crazy nation Bangladesh decided to follow the path of a number of countries around the globe in the form of a T20 Cricket League of their own. The first edition of BPL was played in 2012 after the Bangladesh Cricket Board made a 350-crore deal with Game On Sports Group.

The franchise-based tournament, which currently has seven teams, is one of the most popular Cricket League and is going strong after six seasons. The seventh edition of the competition will kick off in December 2019.

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BPL earned $2.6m through sponsorships in 2016-17 and generated gross revenue of $51m. GTV and Maasranga TV have held the broadcasting rights for BPL since 2017 for $76m. The total prize money for each season is around $1.5m.

5Caribbean Premier League (CPL) -Famous Cricket Leagues

Credits Times Now News
Countries West Indies
Administrator Cricket West Indies (CWI)
Format Twenty20
First edition 2013
Latest edition 2020
Next edition 2021
Tournament format League and play-offs
Number of teams 6
Current champion Trinbago Knight Riders (4th title)
Most successful Trinbago Knight Riders (4 titles)
Most runs Lendl Simmons (2436)
Most wickets Dwayne Bravo (106)
Website cplt20.com

After their decline in test and ODI cricket, West Indies had T20 cricket to thank for their rebirth. The 2 times World T20 champions are currently the best in the business when it comes to the shortest format of the game. In the form of Chris Gayle, Pollard, Andre Russell, and Dwayne Bravo, the Caribbeans have some of the big guns in the T20 format. So it comes as no surprise that they started their own league in 2013.

CPL’s estimated brand value is around $102m as of 2018 and India’s leading automobile brand, Hero MotoCorp is their current title sponsor. The competition has also gained a lot of popularity thanks to Shahrukh Khan’s investment in the Trinbago Knight Riders.

The competition allows the purse of $600,000 to each franchise in the auction. CPL’s total prize money per season is around $1m.

4Pakistan Super League (PSL) –Famous Cricket Leagues

Cricket Leagues (Credits The National)
Countries Pakistan
Administrator PCB
Format Twenty20
First edition 2016
Latest edition 2021
Tournament format Double round-robin and playoffs
Number of teams 6
Current champion Karachi Kings (1st title)
Most successful Islamabad United (2 titles)
Most runs Babar Azam (1774)
Most wickets Wahab Riaz (84)
TV List of Broadcasters
Website psl-t20.com

Despite their issues of hosting games in Pakistan, the PCB has done a commendable job of running PSL smoothly for four seasons. The competition started in 2016, where the commercial rights were sold to the initial five franchises for $93m for a span of 10 years.

Since then, the PSL has grown at a superb speed with its market value reaching up to $300m in 2017, according to Arib Habib, the CEO of one of Pakistan’s largest business corporations. The PCB also announced a profit of $2.6m in the very first season.

Pakistan-based Habib Bank Limited (HBL) has been the competition’s title sponsor since the start and even renewed the contract in 2019 for $14.3m for the span of three years.

PCB spends the sum of $1m in prize money and allows its six franchises a purse of $7.2m in total. PTV Sports and Geo Super hold the current broadcasting rights for a reported $36m.

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3Natwest T20 Blast –Famous Cricket Leagues

Credits Today’s Sportek
Countries England
Wales
Administrator ECB
Format Twenty20
First edition 2003
Latest edition 2020
Tournament format Group stage and knockout
Number of teams 18
Current champion Notts Outlaws (2nd title)
Most successful Leicestershire Foxes (3 titles)
TV Sky Sports
Website ECB.co.uk

The oldest active T20 competition Twenty20 Cup or Natwest T20 Blast, due to sponsorship reasons is England’s biggest domestic competition in cricket’s shortest format. Unlike other leagues, ECB has kept their focus on providing grass root players with an opportunity in the league.

The number of teams participating in the competition is also more than other leagues by some distance, with 18 teams in total from England and Wales. Teams are given a purse of $45m in total and the prize money goes up to $2.6m.

UK’s leading sports channel, Sky Sports has bought the broadcasting rights for the T20 Blast for $120m. Although this number looks bigger than most of the other Cricket leagues around the world, it is actually a bargain deal after taking the time span of the tournament and the number of matches into consideration.

2Big Bash League (BBL) –Famous Cricket Leagues

Credits Cricket.com.au
Countries Australia
Administrator Cricket Australia
Format Twenty20
First edition 2011–12
Latest edition 2020–21
Tournament format Double round-robin and knockout finals
Number of teams 8
Current champion Sydney Sixers (3rd title)
Most successful Perth Scorchers & Sydney Sixers
(3 titles)
Most runs Chris Lynn (2,790)
Most wickets Ben Laughlin (105)
TV Seven Network, Fox Cricket
Website bigbash.com.au

The second most famous T20 League around the world and one of the biggest attractions on the cricketing calendar – the Big Bash League is Australia’s gift to the cricket world. The league was established in 2011 and has gone from strength to strength in the last eight seasons. Cricket Australia was also the first board to start the Women’s T20 League in the form of Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL).

Broadcasting is obviously the biggest source of income for BLL in the sports-loving nation. Network Ten held the rights until 2018 for $100m. But last year Cricket Australia signed a deal with Fox Cricket and Seven Network for their entire cricketing calendar worth $1.12b. Although this amount includes everything from domestic circuit to international matches, BBL is definitely one of the biggest reasons behind the towering money.

CA also increased the prize money from the 2015-2016 season – a total of $890,000 for the top four. An additional $600,000 also goes specifically to the clubs and not to the players. There was an increase of $1.6m in the total salary cap in 2016.

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1Indian Premier League (IPL)

credits: The Hindu
Countries India
Administrator BCCI
Format T20
First edition 2008
Latest edition 2021
Tournament format Double round-robin and playoffs
Number of teams 8
Current champion Mumbai Indians (5th title)
Most successful Mumbai Indians (5 titles)
Most runs Virat Kohli (6076)
Most wickets Lasith Malinga (170)
TV List of broadcasters
Website iplt20.com

Surprise, surprise, the Indian Premier League is at the top spot!

The competition that changed the face of the game with its establishment in 2008, is not only the biggest cricket League but also amongst the biggest leagues in the entire sporting world. The IPL itself is one of the biggest brands at the moment with its brand value at $6.3b in 2018, according to Duff & Phelps, a consultancy firm. The competition has not only changed the game but has also affected India’s economy, contributing ₹11.5b to the nation’s GDP in 2015.

Vivo, current title sponsors of the IPL signed a five-year contract in 2018, worth ₹2,199 crores ($341m), 11 times the sponsorship fees paid by DLF in 2008.

IPL also allows its franchise to spend quite money in player auctions with a ₹80 crore purse for each team. This means ₹640 crores ($91.9m) can be spent on the players alone, a huge jump in comparison to BBL and other major leagues. In 2019, ₹50 crores ($7.2m) were spent on prize money, with Mumbai Indians alone pocketing ₹20 crores.

And now coming to the hen which lays the golden eggs – Broadcasting rights! The world went crazy when Star India bought IPL’s broadcasting rights for five years in a deal worth ₹16,347.5 crores ($2.55b). The deal is the most expensive broadcasting deal in cricket without any doubt. But it also made IPL the third richest league in terms of money earned per game, only behind NFL and EPL and ahead of NBA and MLB.


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