Will the PSL leave the IPL behind in terms of popularity in the coming years?

Mudassir Ali
Mar 09, 2020 06:35 PM 0 Answers
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Mudassir Ali
- Mar 09, 2020 06:36 PM

To answer this question, let us name all the major cricket leagues that we have currently. IPL, BBL, and PSL (giving PSL a lot of respect) would come into our mind (mostly because these three are created by major cricket-playing nations. Bangladesh’s BPL maybe isn’t good enough to be named among these…). But, what if BPL has defeated PSL in a few parameters? Does that seem possible?

Yes, BPL is above PSL in a few parameters. Let me tell you which ones.

A list for Top leagues in weekly attendance has no PSL, but BPL is there, and that too above BBL! List of sports attendance figures

Another list for Attendance figures at domestic professional sports leagues puts BPL 2015–16 much above PSL 2018. List of attendance figures at domestic professional sports leagues

BPL would be the last league any cricket fan would wish to watch among these four, and PSL is competing with BPL in spectator attendance records! Then, how on Earth can PSL manage to even come close to IPL? PSL has to first reach a standard level, it is a Pakistani league and Pakistan is a troublesome country. What can anybody expect when they can’t have home leagues even? Secondly, many foreign IPL players don’t participate in PSL, which is another major blow.

Hence, PSL won’t be able to pass IPL (or even come close) in the present or future, in any major parameters. There are a host of other stats to compare, which would strengthen this fact even more. For example budget and revenue, IPL has given goosebumps to foreign young players who couldn’t believe how big they were about to earn (example, Tymal Mills, Jos Buttler).

List of professional sports leagues by revenue.

IPL – 27th (among 88 leagues) [Fun Fact: Indian Super League (Football) is also featured in the list, ranked 75th.]


Top 10 leagues in average attendance.

IPL – 8th
BBL – 9th


Highest attended leagues by sport.

IPL – 7th


Top leagues in weekly attendance.

IPL – 10th
BPL – 15th
BBL – 16th


Top leagues in recent domestic club championship event attendance.

IPL 2015 final – 20th
BBL 2015–16 final – 34th
PSL 2017 final – 51st

To give India the benefit of ‘population’ would be fair, but the question still remains, how is BPL above PSL? and how come PSL is not in a list where BPL is. Hence, these lists fully advocates PSL’s misery & IPL’s mammoth success and equally strong impact.

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