Karnataka Premier League (KPL) is an Indian Twenty20 cricket league established by the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) in August, 2009. The domestic cricket competition is modelled along the lines of the popular Indian Premier League (IPL). KPL, sponsored by Karbonn Smart, is a tribute to the late president of KSCA Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wodeyar thus the league is officially known as the Kabonn Smart Karnataka Premier League.
Just like the Indian Premier League, whose title sponsors is Chinese mobile manufacturers Vivo, the title sponsor of the Karnataka Premier League (KPL) was Bangalore-based real estate developer, Mantri Developers. Mantri Developers had won the rights to be the title sponsor of this event for a period of five years for an amount of ₹110 million (US$1.7 million). Then KPL was not conducted in 2011, 2012 and 2013. After a gap of 3 years, the third edition of Karnataka Premier League (KPL) commenced in Mysore on August 28 (Thursday). In 2014, Karbonn Mobiles bagged the rights of KPL for next 3 years.
The first season was held from 9 September 2009 to 23 September 2009. The second season was held from 18 September 2010, to 3 October 2010. The league is chaired by the KSCA secretary, Brijesh Patel, and includes eight franchisee teams representing cities in Karnataka.
The third season was held from 28 August 2014 to 12 September 2014 and the auction for the same was conducted on August 7. The 7-team Twenty20 tournament went till September 12 with matches across Mysore, Bangalore and Hubli. KPL became the first domestic T20 league in the country to have a film actors team (Rockstars) among professional cricket sides. It was decided from 2014 there will be no team from Bangalore and 2 new teams Bellary Tuskars and Hubli Tigers joined it.
The fourth season saw a new team making a debut Namma Shivamogga and adding up to 8 teams overall. The season which will go from September 2 to September 19 at Hubli and Mysore. So this made KPL a 8 team tournament. The schedule was Hubli hosting the first leg from September 2 to September 9 and Mysore witnessed the remaining matches including the Eliminator, Qualifier and Final from September 11 to 19, with September 10 being a rest day allowing for all the teams to move to Mysore.
The winning bidders of the eight franchisee teams were announced at the conclusion of the auction, held on 14 August 2009. The auction earned the KSCA ₹35 crore (US$5.4 million), which received bids from 22 potential sponsors. The highest bid was for the Bangalore (Bangalore Urban) team, at ₹7.2 crore (US$1.1 million). The list of teams, their captains, owners and auction prices follows:
The Karnataka Premier League finals were held on 23 September 2009 as a 20-over match between Bangalore Provident (Rural) and Belagavi Panthers, played at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore. Bangalore Provident (Rural) won by five wickets (with four balls remaining). The Player of the Match was Amit Verma for (Rural). The Player of the Series was J. Arunkumar of Belagavi Panthers. The Belgavi Panthers has in its ranks experienced players like captain J. Arunkumar, Manish Pandey and R vinay kumar. J. Arunkumar scored the most runs (326 ) in the first year of Mantri KPL I while Manish Pandey holds the record for the highest scorer (112 not out) and Vinay Kumar was the second highest wicket taker (14 wickets).