2024 cricket cups overview

File image: CPL trophy.

Cricket fans around the world have plenty of major events to look forward to throughout 2024. SA20 – South Africa’s top-flight domestic league of men’s professional cricket is already well underway.

There’s also the Indian Premier League (IPL), which is set to run from the end of March/start of April until May, and the other major cricket cup this year is the 2024 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup from June 1 until 29, which is being held at venues across the West Indies and the United States.

Let’s dive straight to learn more about these major upcoming events on the cricket calendar in 2024.

What is SA20?

SA20 is South Africa’s biggest Twenty20 franchise cricket tournament, organised by Cricket South Africa. A total of six teams based in cities around the country participate in this tournament, which got underway on January 10 and will end on February 10.

It’s a double round-robin tournament with playoffs, and a total of 34 matches will be played. The teams competing this season are Paarl Royals, Sunrisers Eastern Cape (the current reigning champions), MI Cape Town, Pretoria Capitals, Durban’s Super Giants, and Joburg Super Kings.

Despite winning last year, the Sunrisers Eastern Cape are not the favourites to win this year. The odds-on favourites are MI Cape Town, who are currently priced at around 3.75 in the decimal odds format, meaning they have a 26.70% implied probability rate of winning.

SA20 is the world’s second-most popular men’s professional cricket league, and you can watch the action live as it unfolds on several major sports streaming sites.

What’s the IPL?

The IPL (Indian Premier League) is the world’s most popular men’s professional cricket league, and it gets underway either in late March or early April this year. The format is also Twenty20, and the current reigning champions are the Chennai Super Kings (CSK, 2023).

Ten teams compete in the IPL, and apart from CSK, there’s also the Gujarat Titans (GT), the Mumbai Indians (MI, the most successful IPL, having won the most titles), Lucknow Super Giants (LSG), Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Rajasthan Royals (RR), Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Punjab Kings (PBKS), and Delhi Capitals (DC).

Which team is the favourite to win the 2024 IPL, and where can I bet on them in South Africa?

If you want to bet on IPL from South Africa, one of the most trusted websites you can turn to in 2024 is the official 10bet South Africa iGaming site, which has online sports betting services and close to 1,000 online casino games all on the same site.

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If you sign up here and want to place a bet on a team to win the IPL, don’t forget that the current odds-on favourite to win IPL 2024 is the Chennai Super Kings. You are currently looking at decimal odds (the preferred betting odds format in South Africa) of around 5.75 for them to win the tournament outright.

This means CSK have a 17.40% IPR (implied probability rate) of winning IPL 2024. In the American/moneyline odds format, 5.75 would appear as +475; in the fractional odds format, 5.75 is the same as saying 19/4.

What other major cricket cups can I look forward to in 2024?

The other major cricket cup being contested this year is the ICC T20 World Cup 2024 in the West Indies and the United States. It’s scheduled to run from June 1 to 29. In this Twenty20 International groups stage, super 8s and knockout stage tourney, a total of 55 matches will be played by 20 teams.

The current reigning champions are England, and since the tournament started in 2007, both England and one of the host nations, the West Indies, are the only two teams to have won the tournament on two separate occasions.

You can also bet on this year’s upcoming T20 Cricket World Cup on the 10bet South Africa website, and the current odds-on favourites to win are India, who are priced at around 4.33. Let’s take a quick look at the latest odds for the three odds-on favourites:

  1. Team: India. Decimal odds: 4.33. Fractional odds: 10/3. American/moneyline odds: +333. IPR: 23.10%
  2. Team: England. Decimal odds: 5.50. Fractional odds: 9/2. American/moneyline odds: +450. IPR: 18.20%
  3. Team: Australia. Decimal odds: 6.00. Fractional odds: 5/1. American/moneyline odds: +500. IPR: 16.70%

Final note

Don’t forget that you must be 18 or above to register a 10bet account and place sports bets or play casino games on their site. Also, don’t forget that these odds are subject to change between now and the start of the event.