Rating T20 leagues according to their competitiveness

Rating T20 leagues according to their competitiveness

While each league has heroes and legends, the driving force behind participating in a T20 league is the money that is attached to it.

3. Caribbean Premier League – 8/10

Barbados Tridents
Barbados Tridents. (Photo by Ashley Allen – CPL T20/CPL T20 via Getty Images)

This league has a lot to do with the resurgence of the Windies towards T20 supremacy. At a time when they were dealing with an underwhelming run in ODI and the Test formats, CPL induced life into the regions cricket circuit with its slam band action.

Most of the T20 leagues strive to provide an atmosphere that is fun, friendly and a party mood to its attendees. Unfortunately, none of the leagues are even close to the environment that is set up during the CPL season. The tournament is the home to the highest match aggregate and highest T20 score in franchise cricket.

The presence of West Indies stalwarts like Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Andre Russell, Kieron Pollard and notable big hitters from the other parts of the world makes CPL a considerably balanced tournament in comparison to the others. It has also sprouted youth talent in the form of Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer who are products of the tournament. The league has six teams with each team consisting of one local player, one overseas player of non-Caribbean origin, and four players under the age of 23. This provides a competitive edge to the CPL over the others.

However, this competitive aspect is overshadowed by the asymmetrical distribution of the skilled and talent between the six teams. The CPL trophy has been won by three of the bigger teams – Jamaica and Barbados twice and Trinidad, thrice. This poses as a barrier as the other teams aren’t in a situation to up their game and play for the ultimate prize- the CPL trophy.

Despite the one-sided nature of competition, Caribbean Premier League is fairly successful with notable players associated with the tournament. Thus, it gets a rating of 8/10.