Cricket is an extremely old sport having been in existence since the 16th century. The sport is dominantly played and fully embraced in Southeast Asia specifically by Indian and Pakistani natives. The two countries have influenced the sport greatly in the past few years.
Over time, cricket has grown to captivate the hearts and minds of people around the world. For instance, the World Cup match between India and Pakistan earlier this year was viewed by billions all over the world.
Cricket has become so popular, in fact, that it has been ranked amongst the top ten most popular sports in the world. With an estimated 3 billion fans across the UK, India, Australia and Pakistan, the sport edged out more well-known sports such as basketball, golf and tennis, therefore, classifying it as the third most popular sport in the world.
Don’t miss the action
There are various cricket events and competitions that run throughout the year. However, because of mass crowds you’ll probably not be able to make it to many of the tournaments in person. Fortunately, you can catch the action live from your home with Direct TV plus internet.
The following are some of the top cricket competitions you can now watch live on cable TV:
- Champions League Twenty20
This is known as the domestic level tournament in the world. The tournament features the top cricketing nations going head to head. The tournament is owned by and features Cricket South Africa, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Cricket Australia. This tournament features a rich blend of experience and young players. Many young players have launched international careers through the tournament. It’s a great tournament to see who’s going to be the next international cricket star.
- Indian Premier League
This is the most popular T20 domestic league. It is the most high-profile domestic league in the world with a brand value of more than $2 billion. The tournament features the best talent in Indian cricket as well as top Bollywood personalities, many of whom have a stake in the franchises featured in the tournament. Furthermore, many franchises have managed to draw famous international players, thus, giving the league international appeal.
- Big Bash League
This is an Australian T20 league. The domestic tournament has grown from six franchise teams to eight teams in the past few years. The tournament also features well-known international cricket players.
- ICC Cricket World Cup
This is the most important international tournament in the cricket world. Like the Olympics and Soccer World Cup, it’s played once every four years. You get to watch the greatest talent in cricket go head to head as they fight it out for national pride.
- ICC Women’s World Cup
Women’s cricket was once unheard of but it has picked up in popularity over the past few years. The women’s cricket world cup is evidence of the growth of the sport amongst women. Catch the best women battling for the title of world champion.