IPL vs PSL vs BBL! Who’s the real boss?
Ever since the T20 leagues began, there have been numerous debated about the best T20 league in the world
IPL is said to have massive viewership, immense money and is tremendously decorated as compared to other leagues such as PSL or BBL.
Indian Premier League, has always been a trendsetter ever since it was started back in 2008. Massive viewership, immense money and the tremendously decorated franchises is what makes IPL the best in business.
In recent times almost 8 test playing nations have now their own club leagues. Among all of them if we look at the quality of cricket and the level of competition in these leagues, the Big Bash League the Indian Premier League and the Pakistan Super league can be shortlisted as the top three leagues in the world.
Indian Premier League was started back in 2008 and is currently in it’s 14 edition. While on the other hand Big Bash League organized by Australia was started 7 years back. And PSL? It was started just a couple of years ago.
There are always speculations about which is the best league among all of them. To add to the fact, The sheer volume of the money involved, The tremendous size and magnitude of these leagues make for an interesting comparison.
- So let’s compare all three of them and conclude after all conclude who is the real boss.
1. Estimated Viewership
IPL is undoubtedly most watch cricket league in the world. The Indian Premier League which shattered records with an overall viewership of 405 million in 2020. The PSL and BBL stand nowhere near to IPL in terms of viewership. The most astonishing fact is that While the 2019 World Cup final between New Zealand and England attracted 15.4 million viewers, the 2020 final between Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals grabbed an audience of 31.57 million viewers!
2. Immense Money
According to a report of Times Now , Previous year’s champions Karachi Kings grabbed around 5,00,000 USD (around Rs 3.72 crore) for winning the PSL title in 2020. Similarly according to DNA, The champions of the current Big Bash League 2020/21 season will get AUD 450,000. That is roughly translated to Rs 2.45 crore when adjusted to the current rate of exchange.
The prize money that a Big Bash League team wins is seven times less than the salary of Pat Cummins alone in the Indian Premier League. More fascinating fact is that even some of the Indian uncapped players have more IPL salary than the prize money of the PSL 2020 final.
Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians pocketed Rs 20 crore for retaining their crown in IPL 2020. Even runners-up Delhi Capitals earned Rs 11 crore more than last year’s PSL finalist Lahore Qalandars.
3. Availability of Star Players
The star Indian cricketers such as Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni, Shikhar Dhawan, Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah are always available for IPL. The major reason of their availability is that BCCI doesn’t schedules any international tour of Indian Cricket Teams during IPL.
On the other hand due to not that high pay scale, several star players of Australian Cricket keep themselves unavailable for BBL. Another reason for their unavailability is that most of the times they are busy in National Duty.
4. Decorated Franchises
The franchises of IPL are very much decorated and they spend a lot of money on signing talented players during auction.
This is the reason why players such as David Malan, Ben Cutting and Chris Lyn who appeared in platinum draft of PSL 2021 draft are mere increasing the bench strength of their franchises on IPL.