Cricket is undoubtedly the most loved game in the world. Apart from ODI, Tests and T20, there are many Cricket leagues played. Here is the list of Top 10 Cricket leagues in the world.
1) Indian Premier League – India
The Indian Premier League is first in the top 10 Cricket Leagues in the World, because it has the largest viewership.
The IPL is entertaining to watch and when there are so many amazing players from different countries it brings a humongous amount of viewership. The Indian Premier League was first founded in 2008 by the Board of Control for Cricket in India – BCCI.
IPL Winners List:
|Year||Winner||Runner Up||Venue||Number of teams|
|2020||Mumbai Indians||Delhi Capitals||Dubai||8|
|2019||Mumbai Indians||Chennai Super Kings||Hyderabad||8|
|2018||Chennai Super Kings||Sunrisers Hyderabad||Mumbai||8|
|2017||Mumbai Indians||Rising Pune Supergiants||Hyderabad||8|
|2016||Sunrisers Hyderabad||Royal Challengers Bangalore||Bangalore||8|
|2015||Mumbai Indians||Chennai Super Kings||Kolkata||8|
|2014||Kolkata Knight Riders||Kings XI Punjab||Bangalore||8|
|2013||Mumbai Indians||Chennai Super Kings||Kolkata||9|
|2012||Kolkata Knight Riders||Chennai Super Kings||Chennai||9|
|2011||Chennai Super Kings||Royal Challengers Bangalore||Chennai||10|
|2010||Chennai Super Kings||Mumbai Indians||Mumbai||8|
|2009||Deccan Chargers||Royal Challengers Bangalore||Johannesburg||8|
|2008||Rajasthan Royals||Chennai Super Kings||Mumbai||8|
2) Big Bash League – Australia
Established in 2011 by Cricket Australia, the Big Bash League (BBL) is the second most-watched cricket league in the world.
There are a total of eight city-based teams consisting of both regional and international players over the years the BBL has become one of the top 10 Cricket leagues in the world.
An interesting fun fact about the Big Bash League is that they use a bat flip technique instead of the traditional coin flip to decide which team will be bowling or batting first.
Big Bash League Winners List:
|2011–12||Sydney Sixers3/158 (18.5 overs)||Sixers won by 7 wickets||Perth Scorchers5/156 (20 overs)|
|2012–13||Brisbane Heat5/167 (20 overs)||Heat won by 34 runs||Perth Scorchers9/133 (20 overs)|
|2013–14||Perth Scorchers4/191 (20 overs)||Scorchers won by 39 runs||Hobart Hurricanes7/152 (20 overs)|
|2014–15||Perth Scorchers6/148 (20 overs)||Scorchers won by 4 wickets||Sydney Sixers5/147 (20 overs)|
|2015–16||Sydney Thunder7/181 (19.3 overs)||Thunder won by 3 wickets||Melbourne Stars9/176 (20 overs)|
|2016–17||Perth Scorchers1/144 (15.5 overs)||Scorchers won by 9 wicketsS||Sydney Sixers9/141 (20 overs)|
|2017–18||Adelaide Strikers2/202 (20 overs)||Strikers won by 25 runs||Hobart Hurricaness5/177 (20 overs)|
|2018–19||Melbourne Renegades5/145 (20 overs)||Renegades won by 13 runs||Melbourne Stars7/132 (20 overs)|
|2019–20||Sydney Sixers5/116 (12 overs)||Sixers won by 19 runs||Melbourne Stars6/97 (12 overs)|
|2020–21||Sydney Sixers6/188 (20 overs)||Sixers won by 27 runs||Perth Scorchers9/161 (20 overs)|
3) Caribbean Premier League – West Indies
The Caribbean Premier League was founded in 2013 and before that it was called the Caribbean Twenty 20, it is an annual T20 match that takes place in West Indies and is played among six different teams.
The Caribbean Premier League had slow growth, but now it’s very popular, it is today one of the top 10 premier leagues in the world.
Caribbean Premier League Winners List:
|2013||Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago||Jamaica Tallawahs129 for 3 (17.3 overs)||Tallawahs wonby 7 wicketsS||Guyana Amazon Warriors128 for 5 (20 overs)|
|2014||Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts and Nevis||Barbados Tridents152 for 6 (20 overs)||Tridents wonby 8 runs (D/L)||Guyana Amazon Warriors107 for 4 (15.5 overs)|
|2015||Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago||Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel178 for 5 (20 overs)||Red Steel wonby 20 runs||Barbados Tridents158 for 4 (20 overs)|
|2016||Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts and Nevis||Jamaica Tallawahs95 for 1 (12.5 overs)||Tallawahs wonby 9 wickets||Guyana Amazon Warriors93 all out (20 overs)|
|2017||Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Tarouba, Trinidad and Tobago||Trinbago Knight Riders136 for 7 (19 overs)||Knight Riders wonby 3 wickets||St Kitts & Nevis Patriots135 for 6 (20 overs)|
|2018||Trinbago Knight Riders150 for 2 (17.3 overs)||Knight Riders wonby 8 wickets||Guyana Amazon Warriors147 for 9 (20 overs)|
|2019||Barbados Tridents171 for 6 (20 overs)||Tridents wonby 27 runs||Guyana Amazon Warriors144 for 9 (20 overs)|
|2020||Trinbago Knight Riders157 for 2 (18.1 overs)||Knight Riders wonby 8 wickets||St Lucia Zouks154 all out (19.1 overs)|
4) Pakistan Super League – Pakistan
Pakistan Super League was founded in September 2015 by the Pakistan Cricket Board, and it is a T20 match played between six different teams that represent six different cities of Pakistan.
The glitz and glamour of PSL make it one of the top 10 premier leagues in the world.
Pakistan Super League Winners List:
|2016||Islamabad United175/4 (18.4 overs)||6 wickets||Quetta Gladiators174/7 (20 overs)|
|2017||Peshawar Zalmi148/6 (20 overs)||58 runs||Quetta Gladiators90 (16.3 overs)|
|2018||Islamabad United154/7 (16.5 overs)||3 wickets||Peshawar Zalmi148/9 (20 overs)|
|2019||Quetta Gladiators139/2 (17.5 overs)||8 wickets||Peshawar Zalmi138/8 (20 overs)|
|2020||Karachi Kings135/5 (18.4 overs)||5 wickets||Lahore Qalandars134/7 (20 overs)|
5) Bangladesh Premier League – Bangladesh
The Bangladesh Premier League was formed in 2011 under the Bangladesh Cricket board and it is a twenty20 series. The first season was started in February 2012 and is played between six teams who represent six different cities of Bangladesh and because of its popularity, it is one of the top 10 Cricket leagues in the world.
Bangladesh Premier League Winners List:
|2012||Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur||Dhaka Gladiators144/2 (15.4 overs)||Dhaka Gladiators won by 8 wickets||Barisal Burners140/7 (20 overs)|
|2012–13||Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur||Dhaka Gladiators172–9 (20 overs)||Dhaka Gladiators won by 43 runs||Chittagong Kings129 (16.5 overs)|
|2015–16||Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur||Comilla Victorians157/7 (20 overs)||Comilla Victorians won by 3 wickets||Barisal Bulls156/4 (20 overs)|
|2016–17||Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur||Dhaka Dynamites159/9 (20 overs)||Dhaka Dynamites won by 56 runs||Rajshahi Kings103 (17.4 overs)|
|2017–18||Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur||Rangpur Riders206/1 (20 overs)||Rangpur Riders won by 57 runs||Dhaka Dynamites 149/9 (20 overs)|
|2018–19||Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur||Comilla Victorians199/3 (20 overs)||Comilla Victorians won by 17 runs||Dhaka Dynamites182/9 (20 overs)|
|2019–20||Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur||Rajshahi Royals170/4 (20 overs)||Rajshahi Royals won by 21 runs||Khulna Tigers149/8 (20 overs)|
6) Mzansi Super Premier League – South Africa
The Mzansi Super Premier League is a South African independent cricket franchise started in 2018.
Currently, with six teams, each team plays each other twice in a home-and-away round-robin format in the league phase. The Mzansi Super Premier League popularity made it to the list as one of the top 10 cricket leagues in the world.
Mzansi Super Premier League Stats:
|Cape Town Blitz||Newlands Cricket Ground||25,000||Quinton de Kock||Ashwell Prince|
|Durban Heat||Kingsmead Cricket Ground||25,000||Dane Vilas||Gary Kirsten|
|Jozi Stars||Wanderers Stadium||34,000||Temba Bavuma||Donovan Miller|
|Nelson Mandela Bay Giants||St George’s Park||19,000||JJ Smuts||Eric Simons|
|Paarl Rocks||Boland Park||10,000||Faf du Plessis||Adrian Birrell|
|Tshwane Spartans||SuperSport Park||22,000||Heinrich Klaasen||Mark Boucher|
7) Vitality Blast T20 Cup – England
The Vitality Blast T20 was formed by the England and Wales Cricket Board under an independent franchise in 2003.
A total of 18 teams play in the Vitality Blast Cup and the cricketing zeal is breathtaking.
England was the first nation that started the T20 and ODI this Vitality Blast T20 Cup falls in the list of the top 10 Cricket Leagues of the world.
Vitality Blast T20 Cup Winners List:
|2003||Trent Bridge,Nottingham||Surrey Lions||Won by 9 wickets||Warwickshire Bears|
|2004||Edgbaston, Birmingham||Leicestershire Foxes||Won by 7 wickets||Surrey Lions|
|2005||The Oval, London||Somerset Sabres||Won by 7 wickets||Lancashire Lightning|
|2006||Trent Bridge,Nottingham||Leicestershire Foxes||Won by 4 runs||Notts Outlaws|
|2007||Edgbaston, Birmingham||Kent Spitfires||Won by 4 wickets||Gloucestershire Gladiators|
|2008||Rose Bowl, Southampton||Middlesex Crusaders||Won by 3 runs||Kent Spitfires|
|2009||Edgbaston, Birmingham||Sussex Sharks||Won by 63 runs||Somerset Sabres|
|2010||Rose Bowl, Southampton||Hampshire Royals||Won by losing fewer wickets (scores level)||Somerset|
|2011||Edgbaston, Birmingham||Leicestershire Foxes||Won by 18 runs||Somerset|
|2012||Sophia Gardens, Cardiff||Hampshire Royals||Won by 10 runs||Yorkshire Carnegie|
|2013||Edgbaston, Birmingham||Northants Steelbacks||Won by 102 runs (D/L)||Surrey|
|2014||Edgbaston, Birmingham||Birmingham Bears||Won by 4 runs||Lancashire Lightning|
|2015||Edgbaston, Birmingham||Lancashire Lightning||Won by 13 runs||Northants Steelbacks|
|2016||Edgbaston, Birmingham||Northants Steelbacks||Won by 4 wickets||Durham Jets|
|2017||Edgbaston, Birmingham||Notts Outlaws||Won by 22 runs||Birmingham Bears|
|2018||Edgbaston, Birmingham||Worcestershire Rapids||Won by 5 wickets||Sussex Sharks|
|2019||Edgbaston, Birmingham||Essex Eagles||Won by 4 wickets||Worcestershire Rapids|
|2020||Edgbaston, Birmingham||Notts Outlaws||Won by 6 wickets||Surrey|
8) Lanka Premier League – Sri Lanka
Founded in the year 2018 by the Sri Lanka Cricket is the Lanka Premier League and they had their first match on 26 November of 2020.
It is a T20 premier league. The competition for Lanka Premier League is great and caught many eyes and became quite popular in a short amount of time.
Because of this early popularity, it is now one of the top 10 Cricket Leagues in the world.
Lanka Premier League Winners List:
|Teams||Span||Mat||Won||Lost||Tie & W||Tie & L||NR||Win %|
9) Global T20 League – Canada
The Global T20 League is a Canadian T20 competition and was first inaugurated in 2018 and there are six-team competing against each other.
After its first competition, the International Cricket Council sanctioned the tournament and because of its fast recognition, it is one of the top 10 Cricket League in the world.
Global T20 League Winners List:
|Season||Winner||Winning margin||Runner-up||Final venue||Player of the series|
|2018||Vancouver Knights148/3 (17.3 overs)||Won by 7 wickets||Cricket West Indies B Team145 (17.4 overs)||Maple Leaf Cricket Club in King City, Ontario||Lendl Simmons (Winnipeg Hawks)|
|2019||Winnipeg Hawks192/8 (20 overs)21/0 (super over)||Won super over by 5 runs||Vancouver Knights192/6 (20 overs)16/1 (super over)||CAA Centre in Brampton, Ontario||JP Duminy (Winnipeg Hawks)|
10) T10 League – Abu Dhabi
The T10 League is owned by the T Ten Sports Management of Abu Dhabi and it is a 10-day cricket format.
It was originally launched by the United Arab Emirates and the 10-day format is pretty successful, because of its short time span.
The T10 league is liked all over the world and is very entertaining which makes T20 a Top 10 Cricket Leagues in the World.
T10 League Winners List:
|Season||Winner||Runner-up||Win Margin in Final||Most Runs||Most Wickets|
|2017||Kerala Kings121/2 (8 overs)||Punjabi Legends120/3 (10 overs)||8 Wickets||Luke Ronchi(197)||Sohail Tanvir (5) Rayad Emrit(5) Hasan Ali(5)|
|2018||Northern Warriors140/3 (10 overs)||Pakhtoons118/7 (10 overs)||22 Runs||Nicholas Pooran(324)||Hardus Viljoen(18)|
|2019||Maratha Arabians89/2 (7.2 overs)||Deccan Gladiators87/8 (10 overs)||8 Wickets||Chris Lynn(371)||George Garton(12)|
|2021||Northern Warriors85/2 (8.2 overs)||Delhi Bulls81/9 (10 overs)||8 Wickets||Sohail Akhtar(248)||Jamie Overton(12)|
Top 10 Cricket Leagues in The World
|1||Indian Premier League||India|
|2||Big Bash League||Australia|
|3||Caribbean Premier League||West Indies|
|4||Pakistan Super League||Pakistan|
|5||Bangladesh Premier League||Bangladesh|
|6||Mzansi Super Premier League||South Africa|
|7||Vitality Blast T20 Cup||England|
|8||Lanka Premier League||Sri Lanka|
|9||Global T20 League||Canada|
|10||T10 League||Abu Dhabi|
These were the most watched and popular top 10 cricket leagues in the world.
Vincy Premier League
The latest and the newest in the list of top 10 Cricket League in the World is Vincy Premier League.
The Vincy Premier League (VPL) is a franchise-based T10 tournament played in the eastern Caribbean country of St Vincent and Grenadines. Total two tournaments of Vincy Premier League have been played so far. The tournament was launched on May 11, 2020.
Vincy Premier League T10 consists of 7 Teams. VPL was the first cricket league in the World which started during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sunil Ambris, Kesrick Williams and Obed McCoy were some of the prominent names from the West Indies cricket who play in VPL.
The first season was played from 22 May 2020 to 31 May 2020 and the second season was played from 7 November 2020 to 22 November 2020. The first season champions were Salt Pond Breakers and the second season champions were La Soufriere Hikers.