Cricket is the second most followed sport on the planet and the popularity of the game is only growing every day after a steady decline of the game’s popularity outside Asia in the past few decades. the spike of popularity in Cricket outside Asia should definitely be attributed to the new T20 Form.
Twenty 20 Cricket brought a whole new generation to watch Cricket and made them pick the sport at a professional level, The leagues that came out of T20 Cricket became a huge phenomenon in Cricket and these leagues are bringing great revenues to their respective Cricket boards.
Here is the list that is compiled to show the Top 10 Twenty 20 cricket leagues across the world, these rankings are given based on the league’s popularity, revenue generated and the quality of cricketers taking part in the series.
10. Super Smash
New Zealand’s Super Smash is the tenth most popular T20 cricket league in the world and the first edition was played back in 2005 and 6 teams play in the league representing six major associations and other district associations. Auckland Aces are the most successful team in the super smash. Georgie Pie, McDonald’s and Burger King have been the title sponsors of the league previously and currently, Dream11 is the title sponsor of the league.
9. Lanka Premier League – LPL
LPL is the ninth most popular T20 cricket league in the world. This Sri Lankan Cricket League is started in 2020 after the defunct of the earlier league in 2012 called Sri Lanka Premier League(SLPL) and five teams play in LPL representing 5 cities in the nation. Jaffna Stallions won the inaugural season of LPL.
8. Global T20 Canada – GT20
GT20 is the only league to find its place in top 10 twenty20 cricket leagues in the world from associate nations and GT20 is the eighth most popular T20 cricket league in the world. ICC sanctioned the tournament in February 2018 and is the first T20 League to be sanctioned in North America outside the Caribbean. Currently, six teams play in the league representing six different cities in the nation. Star Indian cricketer, Yuvraj Singh captains Toronto Nationals in the League.
7. Mzansi Super League – MSL
Mzansi Super League started in 2018 is the seventh most popular T20 cricket league in the world and is played and 6 teams compete in the league representing 6 different cities in South Africa and it is announced that two new teams will be playing in the league from the third season of MSL.
6. Bangladesh Premier League – BPL
BPL started back in 2012 is the sixth most popular T20 cricket league in the world. seven teams play in BPL representing different cities in the nation and Dhaka Dynamites is the most successful franchise in the Bangladesh Premier League.
5. Pakistan Super League – PSL
Pakistan Super League is the fifth most popular T20 cricket league in the world with six teams participating in the league representing six different cities in Pakistan and the inaugural season of the PSL is completely hosted in UAE because of the security threat in the home nation. Islamabad United is the most successful team in the PSL. HBL Bank is the title sponsor of the league from its inception.
4. Caribbean Premier League – CPL
Caribbean Premier League is the fourth most popular T20 cricket league in the world, the league started in 2013 with 6 teams and Trinbago Knight Riders are the most successful team in the CPL, which is owned by the owners of Kolkata Knight Riders franchise in the Indian Premier League.
3. T20 Blast
England’s T20 Blast which started back in 2003 is the third most famous T20 Cricket League in the world and is the oldest T20 Cricket League, Although T20 Blast is facing the problem of attracting the large crowds in the grounds like IPL and BBL, however, the league continues to be one of the top Cricket leagues in the world. Vitality and Natwest have been the title sponsors of the League.
2. Big Bash League – BBL
Big Bash League is the second most famous T20 Cricket League in the World and from its inception back in 2011 BBL is played by 8 teams representing the 6 different cities in Australia. Big Bash League is also one of the top 10 most attended sports league in the world with 30,114 people attending every match of BBL on average in 2016-2017 season. KFC continues to be the sole title sponsor of the league since its inception.
1. Indian Premier League – IPL
Indian Premier League is the most Famous T20 Cricket League in the World from its inception back in 2008 and IPL changed the way of cricket previously used to be, Currently, there are 8 teams playing in the IPL representing various cities and states of India. Players from all Cricketing nations participated in this league. Financial Consultancy Firm, Duff and Phelps valued IPL at US$6.7 billion back in 2019 and BCCI recently approved for two other new teams to join in the Indian Premier League from 2021 IPL. DLF, Pepsi, Vivo and Dream11 have been the title sponsors of IPL.
Other Notable Mentions:
1. Euro T20 Slam
2. Everest Premier League – EPLT20
3. Afghanistan Premier League – APL