Cricket is a fairly popular sport across the world, particularly in Asian countries like Pakistan and India. In these countries, the game receives the same fanatical following as football enjoys in the UK or that of basketball in the US. For this reason, betting companies have adopted cricket as one of the popular choices of games that bettors can wager on.
Here are a few leagues that have proven to be significant hits among betting houses and cricket bettors.
Indian Premier League
This is by far the most popular cricket league in the world, both in terms of spectators and betting. The league founded by the BCCI in 2008 has gone ahead to underline the importance with which Indians regard cricket. It has grown in just over a decade to become the sixth most-watched league in the world and attract numerous punters.
The competition takes place every May or April, pitting together teams from eight cities across India.
Pakistan Super League
Despite Pakistan’s popularity in world cricket circles, its most popular league was only founded in 2015. It began with five teams and has now expanded to six. The Quetta Gladiators and Islamabad United are two of the most popular teams in the league, both among bettors and spectators.
ICC World Cricket League
This is the biggest cricket league in terms of the number of participants. National teams that have not achieved test status compete in one-day internationals organized by the International Cricket Council (ICC). Currently, there are 93 countries taking part in the league. It attracts some of the biggest betting houses in the world like Betway and Bet365.
Cricket World Cup
This quadrennial event brings together the cream of cricket teams to compete in one-day internationals (ODIs). It comprises of ten teams competing for the crown, which is currently held by England. There is always a surge in cricket betting when it comes around.