IPL team owners buy South African league teams too

Indian Premiere League has become a huge billion dollar success for cricket alike Football leagues and NBA. All other Nations who play cricket on regular basis want to eat some of the pie available as well. Australian board came up with Big Bash League and it has been successful too.

Vitality Blast for England Board has started recently and its global success has been limited. It would take time to gain fans. West Indies have come up with a successful league but their time difference with Asian countries has limited their viewership. Still the high scoring and Caribbean style of smash-very-ball and acrobatic fielding has made up some profits for West Indies board which has been staring at losses.

Pakistan Cricket League, Sri Lankan Cricket League, Bangladesh Cricket League haven’t been close to the success of IPL but PCL found some viewership recently. South Africa who hosted the first T20 World Cup and have welcomed IPL to be hosted at their stadiums whenever IPL hosting in India has been in doubt, couldn’t launch a domestic league.

Now, the board has come up with a T20 league and interestingly IPL team franchise owners have bought the teams of the league. Chennai Super Kings (Johannesburg), Mumbai Indians (Cape Town), Delhi Capitals (Pretoria), Lucknow Super Giants (Durban), Rajasthan Royals (Paarl), Sunrisers Hyderabad (Port Elizabeth) are said to be the owners of the South African teams. Ex-Captain and legend of South African cricket Graeme Smith will overlook the deals and after all legal formalities are done, CSA will announce teams and owners.

Influence of IPL on other leagues will last longer than anyone can anticipate. Every other league could be IPL Part 2, IPL Part 3 and so on in other countries from now on.

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