IPL – Where things are bigger and better!!
Cricket, a game that has gained an immense popularity for past few decades. Historically, cricket is originated from the UK. The expansion of the British Empire also led to the expansion of the game globally. Cricket was amongst prominent games in London as early as 1707 and, in the mid of the century. Cricket is the only game which is liked by most of the people. Also, the game has gone through major developments in the 18th century and become England’s national sport.
International cricket is dominated by the countries like, Australia, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the West Indies. And for past few decades several attempts have been made in order to broaden the appeal of the game, which includes promoting the sport in less traditional cricketing nations (like the Netherlands and Denmark). Also, in order to attract more and more spectators, international matches are played in more varied locations now, from the North America to Middle East.
Today the sport is played in 104 countries. Initially it started with test matches in which the game was played continuously for five days with unlimited overs, in which each team would bat for two innings of unlimited length; however, today we have various formats ranging from Twenty20, which is played for a couple of hours with each team batting for a single innings of 20 overs, to IPL, again Twenty20 cricket league, which was introduced in India itself. But IPL is more than cricket. Traditionally cricketers used to play in all-white kit, but today they wear either club or team color outfit.
However, UK is the birth place of cricket but today it is most popular in India. In India, cricket is not just a sport, in fact it is an obsession in India. And there are myriads of reason for the game gaining popularity in India. But the major reason is the introduction of the shortest format of game that simply cut down from days to hours. And that’s India Premiere League (IPL), where obsession join hands with the rich and big shots including celebrities, then things automatically become bigger and better!!
The Indian Premier League (IPL) – It is more than cricket!
The Indian Premier League (IPL), is a professionally played Twenty20 cricket league in India. Every year the game is contested during March or April and May by eight teams, which represent eight different cities in India namely, Chennai Super Kings, Deccan Chargers, Delhi Daredevils, Kings XI Punjab, Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals, and Royal Challengers Bangalore.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) founded league in the year 2008. Unlike standard cricket, IPL is a pricey affair, it is a multi-billion dollar stuff, which not only includes cricket, but also it is loaded with glamour, entertainment and passion. The game provides the feeling of carnival to all the cricket fans in India and abroad.
Today, IPL is the most-attended cricket league in the world. The league became the first sporting event in the world to be broadcast live on YouTube in the year 2010. Then in 2014 it was ranked sixth because of average attendance among all sports leagues. In 2019 the brand value of IPL was US$6.7 billion (roughly Rs 47,500 crore). To date there have been 12 seasons of the league.
The format of IPL is such that – each team should mandatorily have eight foreign players, out of which four players are selected for each match. Besides, each team should have minimum four players from their region.
IPL is considered as the richest cricket league as it offers US$ 12 million prize money to the winning team. While, the runner-ups get US$ 6 million, two teams who lose the semi-finals get US$ 3 Million each. It’s not just even the teams who don’t make it also receive prize money of US$ 1 Million.
IPL 2020 Auction to be held on December 19
Not only national and international cricketers are involved in the league, in fact, it is the game of celebrities as well. All the leagues’ teams are owned by big shots such as, Shah Rukh Khan, Pretiy Zinta, Reliance Industries, United Spirits Limited etc. These teams are sold to biggies through bidding and mammoth amounts of money is invested into this venture. Whosoever bids the highest money on a particular team, becomes the owner of the team. These owners then take care of all the expenses of their respective team.
Now you can imagine, why the sport attracts so much of media attention. Since its inception, millions are being invested on cricket players who are on board of this venture and millions will be invested in the time to come!!
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