The history of domestic and international based Cricket leagues in India dates back to almost the same time of India's first participation in international Cricket. Most of the domestic Cricket tournaments in India have been named after the pioneers of Indian Cricket, who have made the largest contributions to the well being and development of Cricket in India.
Cricket Leagues in India are mainly organised at different levels like district level, state level, or national level and various Indian Cricket Associations are in charge of organising these tournaments. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) supervises most of the domestic level cricket leagues organised in India.
Indian Premier League
Indian Premier League is the newest and successful professional Twenty20 cricket league in India contested during April and May of every year by franchise teams representing Indian cities. The league was founded by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in 2007. The title sponsor of the IPL in 2016 was Vivo Electronics, thus the league is officially known as the Vivo Indian Premier League.
Indian Cricket League
Indian Cricket League was a private cricket league funded by Zee Entertainment Enterprises that operated between 2007 and 2009. Its two seasons included tournaments between four international teams and nine domestic teams notionally located in major Indian cities like Kolkata, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Secundrabad as well as the champions Lahore Badshahs who were based in Lahore, Pakistan and Dhaka Warriors based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The matches were played in the Twenty20 format. There was also a planned domestic 50-over tournament, but this did not eventuate. While its establishment pre-dated the Indian Premier League, the ICL folded in 2009. Aside from commercial factors, the ICL lacked the support of the Board of Control for Cricket in India and International Cricket Council (ICC).
Karnataka Premier League
Karnataka Premier League is an Indian Twenty20 cricket league established by the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA). It was introduced in August, 2009. The domestic cricket competition is modeled along the lines of the popular Indian Premier League (IPL). KPL is sponsored by Karbonn Smart, is a tribute to the late president of KSCA Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wodeyar thus the league is officially known as the Karbonn Smart Karnataka Premier League.
Maharashtra Premier League
Maharashtra Premier League is another domestic and regional Indian Twenty20 cricket league established by the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA). The domestic cricket competition is modeled along the lines of the popular Indian Premier League (IPL). Just like the Indian Premier League, whose title sponsor is Sakaal Media Group.
Mini Indian Premier League
Mini Indian Premier League is an offshoot of the Indian Premier League. It is scheduled to be played outside India every September. It was founded by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in 2016 and features the eight current IPL teams, with the games played across a two-week period. The United States and the United Arab Emirates are two countries hosting the Mini Premier League.
Odisha Premier League
Odisha Premier League was initiated by Odisha Cricket Association (OCA), based in Cuttack, Odisha in line of Indian Premier League (IPL). The Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) has fixed the base price of each team at Rs 4 lakh.
Rajwada Cricket League
Rajwada Cricket League (RCL) is a professional league for Twenty20 Cricket competition in India. The Kota District Cricket Association present in Kota under the affiliation of Rajasthan Cricket Association initiated it.
Tamil Nadu Premier League
Tamil Nadu Premier League is an Indian Twenty20 cricket league established by the Tamil Nadu State Cricket Association (TNCA). The domestic cricket competition is modelled along the lines of the popular Indian Premier League (IPL). Only cricketers registered in Tamil Nadu are eligible for the competition. STAR India will be the broadcaster.
Cricket Leagues in India are conducted in highest quality with aspiring and new cricketers competing to attract the attention of renowned cricketers. All the major competitions are organised under the guidance, management and the regulations of the Board of Control for Cricket in India.
(Last Updated on : 14-04-2017)
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