The Indian Premier League (IPL) is a professional Twenty20 cricket league established by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in 2008. It is one of the most popular and most watched tournaments in the world and is broadcasted in more than 200 countries. The tournament pits eight teams from different cities and states in India against each other in a round-robin format. The teams then play in the playoffs to decide the champions. The IPL is a unique blend of cricket, entertainment, and commercial activities and has been a big success since its inception.