2 reasons why IPL is better than BBL, and 2 reasons why BBL is better than IPL
Club culture has taken over the top echelons of cricket, as each of the 8 big Test playing nations has its own T20 club league. India has the Indian Premier League, Pakistan has Pakistan Super League, Bangladesh has the Bangladesh Premier League, Australia has Big Bash League, South Africa has introduced the Mzansi Super League this year while England and Sri Lanka too have T20 leagues in their countries.
Even Afghanistan and Canada got their own T20 leagues recently, which shows how popular and successful this format is.
If we look at the quality of cricket and the level of competition in these leagues, the Big Bash League and the Indian Premier League can be shortlisted as the top two leagues in the world.
However, there has always been a debate between the fans as to which league is better. In this article, we will look at both sides of the coin:
#1 Why IPL is better - Availability of star players
The top Indian stars like Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma, Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya and Shikhar Dhawan always make sure that they are available to represent their teams in the IPL. Not only are the Indian stars the main reasons behind IPL's success, but the organizers also offer them cash-rich contracts.
On the other hand, the pay scale is not that grand in the Big Bash League, and nor do the star players dedicate as much time to play for their BBL teams. The top Aussie players like Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Starc are often busy playing for the Australian team when the BBL is being played, which is one of the main reasons behind their absence.
The BCCI on its part never schedules a series for India during the IPL. That shows how much the board cares for the league's image and prestige.