Every youngster possesses the passion of sports. But when we are talking about cricket, age is certainly no bar. You can see kids, teenagers, adults or elders all just loving this sport. The addiction of this game is just amazing. A few years back, a new format was introduced in cricket that was Twenty20. Excitement and thrill of this format are really amazing to watch. In Twenty 20 matches each team is supposed to bowl twenty over each, so right from the first ball of the match, big shorts are on the card. This format became a literal hit among the people due to entertainment and the fast pace of the game, so various leagues came up to cash in on, the craze of the people. In the year 2011, cricket Australia took a leaf out of the book from BCCI (Board Of Control For Council in India) and started big bash tournament. Actually, BCCI had started IPL (Indian Premier League) in 2008 which became extremely popular not only in India but throughout the world. Today, big bash league (BBL) has blossomed into a world famous Twenty 20 tournament that is followed by every cricket lover. This tournament has been successful and has been able to catch the attention of the public globally. If you ask any Australian about big bash then you will simply hear that it’s about chilled beer, delicious barbecue and watching enthralling BBL matches.
In recent years, a lot of changes have been made to the big bash tournament but enthusiasm remains the same. The sponsor of this tournament is KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) right from the inception. Actually, both Big Bash and Indian Premier League act as a platform for the young cricketers to show their talent and break into the national cricket team. So, every batsman and bowler tend to give their best which could get them instant recognition. As its format is already a 20 over the match, so viewers can witness fours and sixes right from the first ball. There is no dull period anywhere between the match, so it’s interesting even between the middle overs. You hardly witness a defensive stroke or a maiden over that what makes these professional T20 leagues extra special. As a result, these tournaments get a lot of sponsors which make it a lucrative investment for them. The other side is that cricket sponsors come up with various offers & discounts for fans to watch the Big Bash League auction. What else the crowd needs, songs are played during the break and glamorous movie artists are also presented, thus making the event a very delightful experience.
In the IPL (Indian Premier League) there are also eight teams and all matches are played in India. Matches played in IPL are usually held at the historic venues where numerous cricket records have been broken like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Jaipur, Pune, Mohali, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Kochi, and Rajkot. IPL cricket matches take place between April & May as it not less than a festival for passionate cricket fans. Here an IPL franchise can acquire player in five ways- by trading player, annual auction, signing uncapped players, replacements and signing domestic players. Any team can have 10 foreign players in the squad but not more than 4 foreign players in the playing team. As per the salary cap norms that are set for the IPL, under-22 players should be given a minimum salary of USD 20,000 and others a minimum USD 50,000. The lead sponsor of IPL changes every year, which depends on the bidding that’s done in a fair way. Some of the famous and start cricketers that are a regular in IPL are Mitchell Johnson, Quinton De Kock, Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Faf Du Plessis and Lasith Malinga etc. Currently, there is a ban on cricketers from Pakistan in IPL, so they regularly feature in Big Bash League. The star cricketers that feature in BBL but not in IPL are Shahid Afridi, Yasir Arafat, Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik etc. Actually, IPL is more about doing auctions to buy the players where else Big Bash League is about contracts. The Indian pitches are usually slow and have low bounce, therefore, are considered batsman friendly. As a result, the average number of boundaries per match in IPL is 28.8 and in Big Bash its 20.7. Cricket grounds in India are usually small when compared with Australian grounds which are large, hence an average number of sixes per match in IPL is 9.8 and in Big bash its 8.32. The technology that is used in BBL is advanced. Here the camera is fitted with the player's helmet and sensor in the bails. In, recent IPL tournaments similar technology was adopted and fans just appreciated it. It was during one of the BBL games that microphone was fitted on the shirt of the players so that they could interact while batting & bowling. The commentary team of IPL has experts like Sanjay Manjrekar, Ramiz Raja, L. Shivaramakrishan and Navjot Singh Sidhu. On the other side, the commentary team in Big Bash consists of cricketing greats like Ricky Ponting, Justin Langer, Sir Vivian Richards and Kevin Pietersen. It won’t easy to pass judgment as which professional Twenty20 league is enjoyed more as both are loved by the worldwide audience.
Many people do believe that all professional T20 leagues around the world act as a moneymaking platform for cricket betting organizations. If we explore the betting topic further then to the certain extent you will agree that it is a lucrative stage for the organizations that provide betting services. As per the Australian law, online sports betting is legal. In a recent survey, it was found that over 80% Australians engage in some sort of gambling. As per the data released by a leading cricket magazine, the gambling industry is over $19 billion and a major share comes from cricket betting alone. In countries where cricket betting is illegal, people come especially to Australia only for betting on Big Bash League matches. Every online betting outlet across the globe shows big bash league live streaming on the website which tempts the people to place a bet on the matches. Although there has not been a single spot-fixing case yet in BBL but officials are on alert. This year BBL 2017 is forecasted to generate huge revenues for online betting giants. You will be little surprised to know that Australia does not tax the gamblers on the winning amount.
Some of the well-known online betting websites are –
- 888 Sport
- William Hill
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