Welcome, to the Indian Premier League (IPL). The world’s premier Twenty20 competition stops the cricket-crazy nation for seven weeks annually. After initial skepticism, it has been accepted as a genuine sporting league and now become an integral fixture of the cricket calendar. Even in cricket countries, the IPL has struggled to resonate and create much attachment unlike the NBA and English Premier League which transcend borders. The teams play each other twice before the playoffs and the format is locked in for the duration of the current television rights.
Source: Forbes April 14, 2019 10:52 UTC