The IPL is a stage wherein players from different countries come down to our country India and represent the franchises who opt for their services.
With so much hype circling around players like Pat Cummins, Stokes, Gayle, AB De Villiers, etc, the IPL definitely attracts a lot of foreign viewing and support from all nooks and corners of the world.
In the 2017 season, we saw the Afghani duo of Nabi and Rashid speak volumes about how much the IPL has influenced cricket in Afghanistan and even claimed that each of the matches SRH contested in was closely watched back in Afghanistan.
Even in countries like England and Australia, the IPL is followed closely by many sets of people to watch their stars such as Warner, Stokes, Lynn etc perform for their teams. Australia has the maximum number of foreign players playing in the IPL.
Narine, Gayle, Pollard, Bravo and Russell have dragged hearts from the Caribbean lands while ABD, Morris, De Kock etc have their support from all the way in South Africa too.
So in a nutshell, the IPL has managed to reach majority of the countries while it might take some time to find it’s feet in the non-cricket playing nations.
Not only those countries whose players play in IPL but many other countries follow IPL with same excitement and enthusiasum just like India. Countries like US,Canada, Dubai,etc. all have live streaming of these IPL matches on tv. You can see on social media how popular IPL is. A reason for this popularity is the number of Indians in various countries across the globe.
Various team jerseys are transported to various parts of the world which shows how much love their team and want to support it. People show support for their teams on various social media sites.
However, broadcasting rights and time-zone differences in other countries seem to dampen the spirits of many IPL lovers in other countries. Hopefully, in a couple of years, we’ll have a massive fan base from outside India as well!