West Indies cricket August 20, 2014

Can CPL rival the IPL?

While the poor results of the West Indies Test team has driven people away from the stadiums in the longest format of the game, the glitz, glamour and global appeal of the Caribbean Premier League has gone a long way towards winning back the crowd, writes

While the poor results of the West Indies Test team drove people away from the stadiums in the longest format of the game, the glitz, glamour and global appeal of the Caribbean Premier League has gone a long way towards winning back the crowd, writes Nick Sadleir for Cricket365.

It is unclear whether the CPL is proving to be a financial success or not but there is no doubt that its longevity is safer than the T20 leagues in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan. Without doubt it would have been watched by two or three times more viewers outside the West Indies this year than in the first edition. The standard of cricket may be behind that of the Australian Big Bash and is probably no better than South Africa's Ram Slam competition but it is more advanced in its commercial product than the Ram Slam, despite its time-zone disadvantage.

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  • dummy4fb on August 20, 2014, 22:13 GMT

    I agree, cricket is not top-quality. But then its t20, its designed to be substandard. , I love the west indies and I would pay to watch even a coconut tree in the Caribbean.

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