While we primarily cover the Pakistan Super League and all the information surrounding this premier T20 tournament, we understand how much the fans from all over the world love following the other T20 Leagues as well. This is why we give out all the possible information around these other T20 Leagues that are played at different times of the year.
Australia’s Big Bash League is one of the high quality T20 competitions that has been around for a few years and is played in the months of December and January. Only recently it was changed into a way longer format which will see all its eight teams play the other seven in a double-leg round-robin league and instead of 32 games during the league stage like had been the case earlier, there will be 56 matches.
Around the same time as the BBL, New Zealand’s Super Smash T20 is also played between their first-class sides. Usually there is a provision for these sides to sign up for the odd overseas players as well.
This is usually followed by the Pakistan Super League itself, in the months of February and March, but we will not talk too much about it – this whole website is about our beloved PSL competition now, isn’t it?
Once the PSL ends, T20 action moves to the neighbouring India, where the Indian Premier League is played between eight teams and is held on quite a grand scale. After a couple of years of ban, the Chennai Super Kings had earlier returned to the tournament this year to win the title and it will be interesting to see how things go for the in the coming seasons. The IPL is usually held in the months of April and May but with the 2019 World Cup expected to be played from May 30, the Indian Premier League might see a change in schedule.
Incidentally, in 2018, six of the top Asian countries will be a part of the Asia Cup competition as well which will see India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan getting joined by a qualifier in that tournament.
After the 2019 World Cup, all eyes will be on the Vitality T20 Blast which will be played in the UK. This is the biggest T20 tournament in the world played between 18 county sides and has over 120 games in it. What’s interesting about this competition is that after each of the 18 sides has played a round-robin league of 14 matches each, the top eight teams directly end up playing in the quarter-finals. One loss and you are out. This T20 Blast could either be replaced or be played in parallel with another tournament in the UK, by the name of The Hundred but more on that will be revealed later.
West Indies organise the Caribbean Premier League, which is easily the most colourful of all tournaments and has a carnival atmosphere as teams from the various Caribbean islands face off against each other in this one.
The Lankan Premier League follows the CPL and will be Sri Lanka’s second attempt at restarting a new T20 League after the SLPL and it will be played in August and September while South Africa’s new T20 competition, the Global T20 League, which was to start last year, will be played this year as a new South Africa T20 tournament. The dates and the schedule for this Global League or whatever else it might be called will be revealed later.
In the month of October, a newly-formed Abu Dhabi T20 Trophy will also be played with the competition expected to be slightly different from the rest of the T20 leagues in the world. This tournament will have six teams playing over three days but these sides will represent different parts of the world – representations from the PSL, BBL, T20 Blast, CSA T20 Challenge and Shpageeza League in Afghanistan will all be there.
The Bangladesh Premier League is played in November and sometimes extends up to December as well following which the BBL and New Zealand’s T20 competition begin.
Other than these competitions, some of the new T20 tournaments that are played or are expected to be played include the Afghanistan Premier League, Canadian Global T20 Canada, UAE’s T20 league namely UAE T20X, the Hong Kong T20 Blitz and even a T10 Cricket League that’s played in the UAE. There’s also a short, three-day tournament planned in the Emirates called the Abu Dhabi T20 League which will see teams from six different countries participate in it – a bit like a mini-version of the Champions League that was played earlier.
With so much cricket at our disposal, cricket fans can never say there’s no cricket to watch!
According to latest reports, the ICC might be looking to limit player T20 League appearances to just three tournaments each year, including their own home T20 competition. So a player from, say, West Indies, can appear in the Caribbean Premier League and two other tournaments. What this rule could end up doing is diluting the interest in the smaller leagues, but more news on this is awaited with the players’ federation FICA already terming this to be a restraint of trade.