T20 cricket and its leagues have taken the world by storm over the past 14 years. While the initial T20 league was played in England, it was the Indian Premier League (IPL) that showed the way for boards to mint massive money with such tournaments. It helped a lot that MS Dhoni’s Team India had won the 2007 T20 World Cup, putting more attention on the inaugural IPL season the next year.
Since then the BCCI’s finances, and consequently its stature and power, have grown manifolds due to the freakish amount of money influx from broadcasting rights and sponsorship for the IPL.
Following the same path, other cricket boards also have tried to launch and grow their own T20 leagues, but make a fraction of the money the BCCI makes from the IPL. The ECB in spite of the presence of The Blast, has decided to launch The Hundred, a concept where matches will be of 100 balls per innings, and other bizarre rules and jargons.
Here we look at the Top 5 T20 leagues ranked by the winners’ prize money:
5. T20 Blast – INR 1.80 crores
England’s T20 league is The Blast, which was initially known as The Twenty20 Cup when it was introduced in 2003 – yes, the first official T20 league was played in England years before the IPL.
The Nottinghamshire Outlaws are the current champions; Daniel Christian led the side to a 6-wicket win in the final in a rain-truncated affair against Surrey last October amidst the pandemic. The winners received 175,000 pounds or INR 1.80 crores.