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It goes without saying that the Indian Premier League (IPL) and Pakistan Premier League (PSL) are among the most popular cricket tournaments in the world. Each year, cricket fans from around the world tune into the IPL and the PSL to be a part of the T20 extravaganza.

Despite being some of the most famous T20 cricket leagues, the IPL and the PSL have various differences. For instance, the IPL involves several T20 stars from across the globe. Whereas overseas strength in the PSL squad is relatively weaker in comparison to the IPL.

Here’s a comparison between the two leagues based on:

  • Prize money
  • Revenue
  • Highest-paid players
  • Various other things. Read on!

Indian Premier League vs Pakistan Premier League: Overview

Founded by the BCCI in 2007, Indian Premier League is a T20 league in India contested between eight teams representing eight different cities/states in India. With eight franchises, each team in the IPL plays each other twice in a home-and-away robin round format. When the league stage concludes, the top four teams get qualified for the playoffs. The top two teams then play against each other, with the winner side confirming its berth in the final of the league and the losing team getting another chance to qualify for the final match in the second qualifier game. Meanwhile, the third and the fourth team play an eliminator match, and the winner from this eliminator match gets to play against the loser of the first qualifying match. The winner of the second qualifying match moves onto the finals, where the winner side is crowned as the IPL champions.

Founded in September 2015, Pakistan Super League is a T20 tournament played between six teams representing six cities in Pakistan. The PSL is played in a double round-robin format. Each team in the league plays each other twice and the top four advance to the playoffs. In the group stage of the league, two points are awarded for a win, one for a draw and none for a loss. In any playoff game with no result, a super over is used to determine the winner of the game. If the result of the super over is a tie, then the team which has finished in the highest league position at the end of regular-season wins the game.

IPL 2020 and PSL 2020 Prize Money Compared

As IPL is one of the richest T20 leagues in the world, it’s no surprise that their prize money is way higher than that of PSL. The winning side in the 13th edition of the IPL received a winning prize of INR 20 crore while runner ups were rewarded INR 12.5 crore.

On the other hand, the winners PSL 2020 received prize money of INR 3.5 crore. Runner ups received prize money of INR 1.5 crore, which is a whopping 81% less than IPL runner ups.

IPL vs PSL: Highest Paid Players

Indian Premier League Highest Paid Players

PlayerTeamSalary
Virat KohliRoyal Challengers BangaloreINR 17 Crores
MS DhoniChennai Super KingsINR 15 Crores
Rohit SharmaMumbai IndiansINR 15 Crores
David WarnerSunrisers HyderabadINR 12.5 Crores
Steve SmithRajasthan RoyalsINR 12.4 Crores
AB de VilliersRoyal Challengers BangaloreINR 11 Crores
Manish PandeySunrisers HyderabadINR 11 Crores
Lokesh RahulKings XI PunjabINR 11 Crores
Hardik PandyaMumbai IndiansINR 11 Crores
Glenn MaxwellKings XI PunjabINR 10.75 Crores

Pakistan Super League Highest Paid Players

PlayerTeamSalary
Shahid AfridiMultan SultansINR 1.9 Crores
Steve SmithQuetta GladiatorsINR 1.8 Crores
Wahab RiazPeshwar ZalmiINR 1.7 Crores
Colin IngramIslamabad UnitedINR 1.6 Crores
Jason RoyQuetta GladiatorsINR 1.5 Crores
Luke RonchiIslamabad UnitedINR 1.4 Crores
Moeen AliMultan SultansINR 1.3 Crores
Shoaib MalikPeshawar ZalmiINR 1.2 Crores
Keiron PollardPeshawar ZalmiINR 1.05 Crores
Rilee RoscoeMultan SultansINR 1 Crores

IPL vs PSL: Number of matches played

Indian Premier League

Number of matches: 60

Number of days: 45

Pakistan Premier League  

Number of matches: 25-30

Number of days: 20

Brand value of IPL and PSL compared

  • IPL – The brand value of the Indian Premier League is a whopping $6.7 billion.
  • PSL – The brand of the Pakistan Super League is $350 million as of today.
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Last Updated on February 26, 2021

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