The IPL has just had its first rounds of auctions for the cream of 20/20 player talent from around the globe and seen tens of millions of pounds spent by the different franchises and players becoming millionaires overnight. The composition of teams and team mates being decided by the hammer of the auction to see who will line up with whom in the various teams.
With incredible amounts of money spent and each side tying to buy the best talent to help them to become the champions of the biggest cricket show on earth, it’s worth a mention to the most successful franchise side in 20/20 tournaments the Perth Scorchers. A side that, in arguably as competitive a tournament in the Big Bash as the IPL have won the tournament three times out of six and finished runners up on two of the other occasions.
The Big Bash does not have the same auction style format as the IPL but allows sides to sign two overseas players from all around the world in their starting XI and replace these with further overseas signings should one of the original two become available as well as recruiting available Australian based players who command big wages for their services.
Interestingly the Scorchers have taken a rather unusual and some would think a rather optimistic approach to obtaining success in these now mega bucks, wheeling and dealing format of buying players, trading them and mass turnover of players to play in franchise cricket.
In the six years that the Big Bash has been running the Scorchers have rather shunned the vast use of players available in and around Australia and only taken overseas players who would be around for most of the tournament to fit with the team ethic. They have instead identified local talent in Western Australia and Perth based established players to concentrate and focus on a team based culture with players used to playing game in game out and season on season in established roles within the side.
This season they have taken it a step further and just plain refused to get their allocated second overseas international and keep the home-grown success and structure even further routed in their defence of the Big Bash. Despite the undoubted success of recent times the Scorchers were again under-estimated and predicted to struggle with also losing a few players to international call ups and were very surprisingly odds against in their first few matches and at the time of writing are one game away from another final spot.
From a betting perspective the bookmakers and odds tend to follow where the money has gone with the IPL. There are other examples of teams like the Scorchers, such as Leicestershire in the English tournament who have won it more than anyone else in England despite having financial problems and regularly having to move on their best players to balance the books. These examples certainly make the opening salvos of the IPL very worth watching to uncover the latest team to defy the price tags and certainly offer fine value in potentially winning the tournament.
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