Champions League Twenty20 2012

Champions League T20 could move to South Africa

Firdose Moonda

May 31, 2012

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The Mumbai Indians team pose with the CLT20 trophy, Mumbai Indians v RCB, CLT20 final, Chennai, October 9, 2011
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The Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20), the most lucrative club cricket tournament in the world, could possibly be moved to South Africa. Cricket South Africa acting CEO Jacques Faul told ESPNcricinfo, "It could be a possibility [that SA will host] but we will only know later in June. There are problems with the IPL qualifiers venues for the CLT20 but there has been no final decision yet." Faul has returned from a CLT20 governing council meeting in India which was held in Chennai after the end of the IPL.

Faul is one of the members of the CLT20 governing council, replacing the previous CEO Gerald Majola, who is suspended pending disciplinary action. Following the governing council meeting, there has been no formal announcement of the 2012 CLT20 other than the two on Twitter by Sundar Raman, a member of the CLT20 technical committee. The first Tweet said Sialkot Stallions of Pakistan would be invited to take part in the IPL, the first time a Pakistani team would be competing in the event. The second said the dates for the tournament would only be released by the end of June.

ESPNcricinfo understands that talks of moving the CLT20 to South Africa were driven by several reasons, including the Indian monsoons and a five-day festival in the east of the country. Late last week, Times of India had reported that the tournament would take place in India from October 10-28 over five venues: Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore and New Delhi. Kolkata had lost out on hosting matches during the latter half of the tournament as the entire state of West Bengal would shut down for the Durga Puja holiday from October 20 to 25.

In the 2011 CLT20, a six-team qualifier leg was held for the first time with the fourth-place finisher from the IPL, the national T20 champions from New Zealand and West Indies, a team from Sri Lanka and two teams from England competing for three qualifying spots. The total prize money on offer was $6m with the winner earning $2.5m. The event was won by Mumbai Indians.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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Posted by AzAb12754 on (June 3, 2012, 17:54 GMT)

The Champions League of T20 is a mere joke in fact the ratings are no where near to IPL and is failing each year with sponsorships, merchandise etc and only a matter of time before the Champions Cricket League is out of business.

Posted by Mayan_Mahbub on (June 3, 2012, 12:28 GMT)

Most people of the Bangladesh won't watch CLT20. Because there is no team of Bangladesh. Dhaka Gladiator is a good team. But I think Shakib of KKR will drag some Bangladeshis.

Posted by Meety on (June 3, 2012, 0:44 GMT)

@tanstell87 - nice conspiracy theory, except Oz cricket grounds become football grounds for most of the year. We had the Super Test & ODIs as compensation for having no ICC tournaments. @rahulcricket007 - yes & who won the last Commonwealth Games? @Cpt.Meanster - as others have said, the Football codes start in February in Oz. Cricket gets bumped off the back pages with little column space. Super 15s (Rugby Union), NRL (Rugby League), AFL (Ozzy Rules) dominate all sports reporting right thru to the end of September, October is a bit of no-man's land as the League has 4-Nations Internationals on, Bathurst (Car racing) is the big event & we also have the build up to the Melbourne Cup (Horse Racing, Spring carnival) at the start of November. The big 3 footy codes are so popular - Soccer gets played thru summer to get some form of oxygen. So there is little to no chance of Oz ever hosting a large cricket event outside of Dec to Feb, late Nov maybe, Oct is remote.

Posted by Abaa on (June 2, 2012, 16:47 GMT)

Four teams from the IPL can possibly end up playing in the tournament while no teams might turn up representing the countries like England, Sri Lanka, West Indies or New Zealand :-O I can understand if the qualifier was for teams from countries like Zimbabwe, Ireland of Bangladesh. But it is not so. It is hilarious to see some of the comments demanding a team from the Bangladesh League. First they should pay up the players that actually played in the tournament! There's a qualifier for teams from superior test player nations like England, Sri Lanka, West Indies or New Zealand and here they are wanting the Bangladeshi team to take part!

Posted by   on (June 2, 2012, 14:41 GMT)

Lolx Dhaka Gladiator, imagine yourself without Imran Nazir and others coz they will be representing Sialkot not Dhaka :P

Posted by vrn59 on (June 2, 2012, 11:55 GMT)

Haha, the Indian teams will definitely lose in SA! The local 'stars' will never be able to adjust to the bouncy wickets. Just imagine Sehwag slicing his first ball to backward point, hahaha!

Posted by   on (June 2, 2012, 9:34 GMT)

better luck next time indian haha

Posted by ashimseye on (June 2, 2012, 6:14 GMT)

WATCHED EACH YEAR YEAR BEFORE LAST CSK WON IPL AS WELL AS CLT LAST YEAR IT WAS MUMBAI INDIANS EXPECT THIS YEAR TOO IT WILL BE AS EXCITING AS IPL SINCE MORE TEAMS ARE PARTICIPATING FROM INDIA INDIA WILL BE A BETTER CHOICE ADDING TO ITS AUTUMN FESTIVITY MAKING IT EVEN MORE COLOURFUL FRIEND FILLED CHEERFUL AND THRILLING GODDESS DURGA AND ITS FESTIVITY ADDS COLOURS TO CRICKET FESTIVITY AND BONANZA CHEERS

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (June 2, 2012, 4:39 GMT)

@mitcher . and we r also dominating in many sports . in the commonwealth games we were finished second . also our engineers , economists , doctors are world famous . half of the silicon valley population in usa is indian .

Posted by Mitcher on (June 1, 2012, 23:03 GMT)

@ Cpt.Meanster: Where to start with such an I'll informed comment? Firstly, the ACB hasn't existed for years. Further, almost all the major cricket grounds are taken over by football during winter. You see, unlike India, we actually are interested other sports. So while India's 1billion-plus devote themselves to being average at cricket. Australians have wider interests and still manage to dominate the world stage in many fields.

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