The Board of Control for Cricket in India pulled off a masterstroke by introducing the Indian Premier League in the 2008 season. The cash-rich IPL featuring a mix of international stars was well received by the fans.
It turned out to be an ultimate blockbuster and then IPL became the best T20 tournament in the world. IPL is also the most-watched T20 tournament globally. Its ability to attract big players from across the world shows the biggest strength of IPL.
So far, 13 seasons have been concluded. Out of that, Mumbai Indians are the most successful team in the tournament. They won as many as 5 titles to their name and decorated their trophy cabinet.
On the other hand, Chennai Super Kings are the second-most successful team in the league. They won three titles to their name. Kolkata Knight Riders won 2 titles. Rajasthan Royals, Deccan Chargers (now-defunct franchise) and Rajasthan Royals won a title each.
Punjab Kings, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Capitals are the only three teams that are yet to win a title. RCB made it to the finals on three occasions while Punjab Kings and Delhi Capitals made it to the finals just once.
Following the success of IPL, other franchise cricket tournaments from across the world gained popularity. The likes of BBL, PSL, CPL, LPL and BPL are some of the popular leagues.
IPL 2022 likely to clash with PSL 2022
Meanwhile, the upcoming edition of PSL is likely to clash with IPL. This is because PCB comes across schedule problems for their franchise-based T20 league. Pakistan are due to host Australia in February-March, the window used to host their franchise cricket.
PSL is usually conducted over 2 months during February and March to attract foreign players. Nonetheless, with Australia touring Pakistan during that time, there is no other option left for PCB.
Pakistan Cricket Board will be forced to postpone PSL 2020 to April-May. As a result, it will clash with IPL 2022 schedule. Moreover, the upcoming edition will be extra special since it will have 10 teams rather than 8 teams.
In addition, there will be more cricketers from both international and national circuits to feature in the IPL. Interestingly, the cash-rich IPL will be played in a 74-match format.
PCB to set a panel to sort out the issue on PSL 2022
Meanwhile, there is another window available to host the sixth edition of PSL from December 25 to February 15. Needless to say, it could hurt foreign player participation since those from the top-five nations will be a bit busy with national duty.
Another reason PCB is not interested to hold PSL in this window is the limited availability of venues. According to reports in ESPNCricinfo, PCB set a panel with an independent consultant to solve the matter.