5 Reasons why IPL is better than other T20 leagues

5 Reasons why IPL is better than other T20 leagues

Over the years, with its unique set of arrangements and exhibitions, the IPL is now one of the top-notch sporting events.

IPL Auction 2021
IPL Auction 2021. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

Cricket, until in its everlasting history, had never exhibited the term called a franchise-based league till the inception of the IPL in 2008. Yes prior to the IPL’s arrival there were few tournaments and T20 competitions being played but the concept of corporations and individuals owing a cricket team was completely alien in the game’s entire existence.

While owning a team in other sports like football was very common at that time, watching a cricket player, whether international or uncapped, getting auctioned and fetching a price in millions was a dazzling phenomenon that the game had never experienced.

Over the years, with its unique set of arrangements and exhibitions, the IPL is now one of the top-notch sporting events happening in the realm of sports, and in cricket, it is the second most cherished event only behind the ICC Cricket World Cup.

Although, the IPL was the first T20 tournament that exhibited the above-mentioned concepts of player auctions and franchise-based ownerships, in today’s age there’s now a profusion of T20 leagues working on such ideas and conceptions.

Now despite these leagues functioning on the ideas which the IPL had introduced, India’s cricketing carnival is way better and much unique than others.

Hence, to find out why IPL outplays other T20 Leagues here are five prime reasons: 

1. Better playing window

BCCI acting president CK Khanna presents IPL 2018 Trophy to Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni
BCCI acting president CK Khanna presents IPL 2018 Trophy to Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni. (Photo by Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

One of the underlying uniqueness of the IPL for over the years has been the time of the year in which it’s been played. Other major T20 Leagues like the BBL, PSL, and CPL do mainly clash with other prime international cricket fixtures and that’s the reason why it misses the participation of the elites. In CPL’s case, it’s mainly played when the English cricket summer sites itself towards its second half, and the subcontinent teams mainly India either prepares for its home season or are seen mainly touring.

Other quality leagues like the BBL and the PSL happen at a time when cricket is played at its peak in the southern hemisphere. International teams like Australia, South Africa, and New Zealand do plan their home international fixtures at that time period, hence eliminating their frontline players to fully participate in such leagues. Even the presence of Asian players is highly elusive because of the winters at that phase wherein some overseas teams or others are seen touring the sub-continent.

Whereas in the IPL’s case the timings of late March, April, and May is a fitting one because it not only ends India’s domestic season but also earmarks the end of cricket seasons in the southern hemisphere. Even the beginning of English cricket summer happens from late May. Therefore, because of its unique playing time period, the IPL then enjoys an exclusive vast viewership from all around the world.