Top 10 Cricket Leagues In the World


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 

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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.

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IPL Winners List: 

YearWinnerRunner UpVenueNumber of teams
2020Mumbai IndiansDelhi CapitalsDubai8
2019Mumbai IndiansChennai Super KingsHyderabad8
2018Chennai Super KingsSunrisers HyderabadMumbai8
2017Mumbai IndiansRising Pune SupergiantsHyderabad8
2016Sunrisers HyderabadRoyal Challengers BangaloreBangalore8
2015Mumbai IndiansChennai Super KingsKolkata8
2014Kolkata Knight RidersKings XI PunjabBangalore8
2013Mumbai IndiansChennai Super KingsKolkata9
2012Kolkata Knight RidersChennai Super KingsChennai9
2011Chennai Super KingsRoyal Challengers BangaloreChennai10
2010Chennai Super KingsMumbai IndiansMumbai8
2009Deccan ChargersRoyal Challengers BangaloreJohannesburg8
2008Rajasthan RoyalsChennai Super KingsMumbai8

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2) Big Bash League – Australia 

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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: 

SeasonWinnerResultRunner-up
2011–12Sydney Sixers3/158 (18.5 overs)Sixers won by 7 wicketsPerth Scorchers5/156 (20 overs)
2012–13Brisbane Heat5/167 (20 overs)Heat won by 34 runsPerth Scorchers9/133 (20 overs)
2013–14Perth Scorchers4/191 (20 overs)Scorchers won by 39 runsHobart Hurricanes7/152 (20 overs)
2014–15Perth Scorchers6/148 (20 overs)Scorchers won by 4 wicketsSydney Sixers5/147 (20 overs)
2015–16Sydney Thunder7/181 (19.3 overs)Thunder won by 3 wicketsMelbourne Stars9/176 (20 overs)
2016–17Perth Scorchers1/144 (15.5 overs)Scorchers won by 9 wicketsSSydney Sixers9/141 (20 overs)
2017–18Adelaide Strikers2/202 (20 overs)Strikers won by 25 runsHobart Hurricaness5/177 (20 overs)
2018–19Melbourne Renegades5/145 (20 overs)Renegades won by 13 runsMelbourne Stars7/132 (20 overs)
2019–20Sydney Sixers5/116 (12 overs)Sixers won by 19 runsMelbourne Stars6/97 (12 overs)
2020–21Sydney Sixers6/188 (20 overs)Sixers won by 27 runsPerth Scorchers9/161 (20 overs)

3) Caribbean Premier League – West Indies

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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: 

SeasonVenueWinnersResultRunners-up
2013Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad and TobagoJamaica Tallawahs129 for 3 (17.3 overs)Tallawahs wonby 7 wicketsSGuyana Amazon Warriors128 for 5 (20 overs)
2014Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts and NevisBarbados Tridents152 for 6 (20 overs)Tridents wonby 8 runs (D/L)Guyana Amazon Warriors107 for 4 (15.5 overs)
2015Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad and TobagoTrinidad and Tobago Red Steel178 for 5 (20 overs)Red Steel wonby 20 runsBarbados Tridents158 for 4 (20 overs)
2016Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts and NevisJamaica Tallawahs95 for 1 (12.5 overs)Tallawahs wonby 9 wicketsGuyana Amazon Warriors93 all out (20 overs)
2017Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Tarouba, Trinidad and TobagoTrinbago Knight Riders136 for 7 (19 overs)Knight Riders wonby 3 wicketsSt Kitts & Nevis Patriots135 for 6 (20 overs)
2018Trinbago Knight Riders150 for 2 (17.3 overs)Knight Riders wonby 8 wicketsGuyana Amazon Warriors147 for 9 (20 overs)
2019Barbados Tridents171 for 6 (20 overs)Tridents wonby 27 runsGuyana Amazon Warriors144 for 9 (20 overs)
2020Trinbago Knight Riders157 for 2 (18.1 overs)Knight Riders wonby 8 wicketsSt Lucia Zouks154 all out (19.1 overs)

4) Pakistan Super League – Pakistan 

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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: 

SeasonWinnerWinning marginRunner-up
2016Islamabad United175/4 (18.4 overs)6 wicketsQuetta Gladiators174/7 (20 overs)
2017Peshawar Zalmi148/6 (20 overs)58 runsQuetta Gladiators90 (16.3 overs)
2018Islamabad United154/7 (16.5 overs)3 wicketsPeshawar Zalmi148/9 (20 overs)
2019Quetta Gladiators139/2 (17.5 overs)8 wicketsPeshawar Zalmi138/8 (20 overs)
2020Karachi Kings135/5 (18.4 overs)5 wicketsLahore Qalandars134/7 (20 overs)
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5) Bangladesh Premier League – Bangladesh

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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: 

SeasonFinal venueWinnerResultRunner-up
2012Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, MirpurDhaka Gladiators144/2 (15.4 overs)Dhaka Gladiators won by 8 wicketsBarisal Burners140/7 (20 overs)
2012–13Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, MirpurDhaka Gladiators172–9 (20 overs)Dhaka Gladiators won by 43 runsChittagong Kings129 (16.5 overs)
2015–16Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, MirpurComilla Victorians157/7 (20 overs)Comilla Victorians won by 3 wicketsBarisal Bulls156/4 (20 overs)
2016–17Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, MirpurDhaka Dynamites159/9 (20 overs)Dhaka Dynamites won by 56 runsRajshahi Kings103 (17.4 overs)
2017–18Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, MirpurRangpur Riders206/1 (20 overs)Rangpur Riders won by 57 runs Dhaka Dynamites 149/9 (20 overs)
2018–19Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, MirpurComilla Victorians199/3 (20 overs)Comilla Victorians won by 17 runsDhaka Dynamites182/9 (20 overs)
2019–20Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, MirpurRajshahi Royals170/4 (20 overs)Rajshahi Royals won by 21 runsKhulna Tigers149/8 (20 overs)

6) Mzansi Super Premier League – South Africa  

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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: 

FranchiseCity CapacityCaptainCoach 
Cape Town BlitzNewlands Cricket Ground25,000Quinton de KockAshwell Prince
Durban HeatKingsmead Cricket Ground25,000Dane VilasGary Kirsten
Jozi StarsWanderers Stadium34,000Temba BavumaDonovan Miller
Nelson Mandela Bay GiantsSt George’s Park19,000JJ SmutsEric Simons
Paarl RocksBoland Park10,000Faf du PlessisAdrian Birrell
Tshwane SpartansSuperSport Park22,000Heinrich KlaasenMark Boucher
TBDMangaung Oval20,000
TBDBuffalo Park20,000

7) Vitality Blast T20 Cup – England

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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:

SeasonVenueWinnerResultRunner-up
2003Trent Bridge,NottinghamSurrey LionsWon by 9 wicketsWarwickshire Bears
2004Edgbaston, BirminghamLeicestershire FoxesWon by 7 wicketsSurrey Lions
2005The Oval, LondonSomerset SabresWon by 7 wicketsLancashire Lightning
2006Trent Bridge,NottinghamLeicestershire FoxesWon by 4 runsNotts Outlaws
2007Edgbaston, BirminghamKent SpitfiresWon by 4 wicketsGloucestershire Gladiators
2008Rose Bowl, SouthamptonMiddlesex CrusadersWon by 3 runsKent Spitfires
2009Edgbaston, BirminghamSussex SharksWon by 63 runsSomerset Sabres
2010Rose Bowl, SouthamptonHampshire RoyalsWon by losing fewer wickets (scores level)Somerset
2011Edgbaston, BirminghamLeicestershire FoxesWon by 18 runsSomerset
2012Sophia Gardens, CardiffHampshire RoyalsWon by 10 runsYorkshire Carnegie
2013Edgbaston, BirminghamNorthants SteelbacksWon by 102 runs (D/L)Surrey
2014Edgbaston, BirminghamBirmingham BearsWon by 4 runsLancashire Lightning
2015Edgbaston, BirminghamLancashire LightningWon by 13 runsNorthants Steelbacks
2016Edgbaston, BirminghamNorthants SteelbacksWon by 4 wicketsDurham Jets
2017Edgbaston, BirminghamNotts OutlawsWon by 22 runsBirmingham Bears
2018Edgbaston, BirminghamWorcestershire RapidsWon by 5 wicketsSussex Sharks
2019Edgbaston, BirminghamEssex EaglesWon by 4 wicketsWorcestershire Rapids
2020Edgbaston, BirminghamNotts OutlawsWon by 6 wicketsSurrey

8) Lanka Premier League – Sri Lanka

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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:

TeamsSpanMatWonLostTie & WTie & LNRWin %
Colombo Kings2020–present95310061.11
Dambulla Viiking2020–present95300162.50
Galle Gladiators2020–present103700030.00
Jaffna Stallions2020–present106300166.66
Kandy Tuskers2020–present82501031.25

9) Global T20 League – Canada

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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: 

SeasonWinnerWinning marginRunner-upFinal venuePlayer of the series
2018Vancouver Knights148/3 (17.3 overs)Won by 7 wicketsCricket West Indies B Team145 (17.4 overs)Maple Leaf Cricket Club in King City, OntarioLendl Simmons (Winnipeg Hawks)
2019Winnipeg Hawks192/8 (20 overs)21/0 (super over)Won super over by 5 runsVancouver Knights192/6 (20 overs)16/1 (super over)CAA Centre in Brampton, OntarioJP Duminy (Winnipeg Hawks)

10) T10 League – Abu Dhabi  

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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: 

SeasonWinnerRunner-upWin Margin in FinalMost RunsMost Wickets
2017Kerala Kings121/2 (8 overs)Punjabi Legends120/3 (10 overs)8 WicketsLuke Ronchi(197)Sohail Tanvir (5) Rayad Emrit(5) Hasan Ali(5)
2018Northern Warriors140/3 (10 overs)Pakhtoons118/7 (10 overs)22 RunsNicholas Pooran(324)Hardus Viljoen(18)
2019Maratha Arabians89/2 (7.2 overs)Deccan Gladiators87/8 (10 overs)8 WicketsChris Lynn(371)George Garton(12)
2021Northern Warriors85/2 (8.2 overs)Delhi Bulls81/9 (10 overs)8 WicketsSohail Akhtar(248)Jamie Overton(12)

Top 10 Cricket Leagues in The World

S.NoTeam NameCountry
1Indian Premier LeagueIndia
2Big Bash League Australia
3Caribbean Premier LeagueWest Indies
4Pakistan Super League Pakistan
5Bangladesh Premier League Bangladesh
6Mzansi Super Premier League South Africa
7Vitality Blast T20 Cup England
8Lanka Premier League Sri Lanka
9Global T20 League Canada
10T10 League Abu Dhabi

These were the most watched and popular top 10 cricket leagues in the world. 

Bonus

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.

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