Champions League T20 2012 October 29, 2012

A need to even the playing field

The tournament, despite its many peculiarities, had a worthy winner
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When the Champions League Twenty20 began, it had to wade through a sludge of serious issues before it could be deemed credible. Now that it is over, there is at least one reason why it can be called convincing: the best team won.

Sydney's flawless run through the group stage, stunning sneak-through in the semi-final, and absolute dominance as they leapt over the last hurdle, were proof that the Champions League works. To an extent.

Despite the organisers' best efforts to make gimmicks matter more than games, Sydney made headlines because of the quality of their cricket. The tournament was supposed to be a contest between the world's best domestic sides, but that simple concept was derailed by vested interests. The risk of that happening was always high because the event is owned by three national boards and not the sport's governing body. While the BCCI, CSA and Cricket Australia have the right to run their tournament, their attempts to portray the Champions League as representing everyone made them easy targets.

Instead of simply answering criticisms by saying they are involved in a private endeavour, which they can operate in any manner they see fit, the tournament organisers feigned inclusivity. The cynicism that provoked took away from the actual contests, which to be honest, were decent enough.

In this season, Lions, Titans, Auckland, and to a lesser degree Yorkshire in the qualifying stage, all impressed. They evened out the imbalance by knocking out the IPL teams before they had found their feet, and only the best of the four Indian sides, Delhi Daredevils, survived. What that did to the financial model of the tournament can only be gleaned from how the organisers reacted to the threat of a Delhi exit.

At the last moment, a reserve day was added to the schedule for the semi-finals. There was rain predicted for the semi-final between Delhi and Lions in Durban, where two matches had already been rained out. A washout would have given Delhi no chance of progress because Lions had more wins. Reading between the lines, it can only be assumed that the organisers wanted to do everything in their power to give the only remaining IPL team as much chance as they could of making the final. That, by their own admission, is how the tournament makes money.

Both semis took place without incident, and even the final, which looked likely to be interrupted by showers, did not have a drop of rain. However, it is worth noting that no reserve day was set for the final. That may have been because the window given to the Champions League does not allow for an extra day to be added at the end, or it may have been because none of the moneymaker teams was involved.

There were other oddities in the last three matches. At Supersport Park, a fortress for Titans, Sydney were named the home team. It was awkward for the real home team, but fair, because Sydney had topped their group while Titans were second in their pool. All it meant was that Sydney got to occupy the home dressing room and Brad Haddin tossed the coin.

The tournament was supposed to be a contest between the world's best domestic sides, but that simple concept was derailed by vested interests. The risk of that happening was always high because the event is owned by three national boards and not the sport's governing body

That rule was not applied in the final, though. Sydney were the team with more wins and should, by all logic, have been the home team. Instead, Lions were given that right, and got to sit where they always do at the Wanderers, and Alviro Petersen tossed the coin. These are small things that may not have any bearing on results, but they point to inconsistencies that were prevalent through the tournament.

The qualifying phase was introduced last season as a way to include an extra IPL team. It was expanded this time, but none of the four IPL sides were required to take part in it. However, the best T20 sides from New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, West Indies and England had to. It was impossible to say whether the best of the lot advanced to the main draw, because six teams simply did not play enough. Sialkot Stallions, Uva Next, Hampshire and Trinidad & Tobago were eliminated after playing only one match apiece.

If the IPL teams proved one thing, it is that teams needed time to adjust to the conditions. All of them, except Delhi, who played in a derby, lost their first matches. Kolkata Knight Riders lost their first two but, like Chennai Super Kings, came back to win their next one. Mumbai were the only IPL side to leave without a victory but even they had caught up with the conditions by the time they exited.

On early-season pitches in a summer that looks set to be wetter than usual, the sight of batsmen playing the pull too early was a common one. Auckland's batsmen, who had been training in the country from September 22, the two local teams, and Sydney were exceptions, but that does make for an easy argument that the IPL teams underperformed. By the end, which was not that far away from the beginning, they looked ready and did compete as expected.

The decision to host the tournament in South Africa was made for logistical reasons but it proved to be a good one from a conditions perspective too. Aside from some rain, the matches were eventful because the pitches assisted the bowlers. In a format where everything seems set up for batsmen, it was refreshing to see the ball dominate for a lot of it.

Already talk has begun that the 2014 competition will come back to South Africa. India are set to handle next year's competition, and Australia have been ruled out of hosting because of their time zones. South Africa's shareholding is set to increase as well, and they seem to have become default hosts.

By then, hopefully one of two things would have happened: the competition will have become what it proclaims to be, an actual league of champions; or the organisers will have developed the gumption to call it what it really is - their competition, which they will run as they please.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Meety on November 1, 2012, 0:35 GMT

    @JG2704 on (October 31 2012, 08:59 AM GMT) - re: SO'K (again). IMO - he is stats are probably slightly flattering, as I think Lyon has far more loop & drift. Yet Lyon is technically 50% worse (on averages) in the Shield than SO'K! How that happens - its got me stumped? I think he is worth a look & really now that Holland is injured & Boyce not quite ready - he & Hauritz should be the next spinners in line to cover Lyon. So technically - if you were to say that our 3-best spinners are Lyon, Hauritz & SO'K - Oz are fairly well placed. Most Ozzys have their fingers crossed that Boyce (a leggie) kicks on - he has promise, but he struggles to get a game behind pacers in Cutting, McDermott, Feldman & then Hauritz, (not to mention a return from injury for Harris).

  • Meety on November 1, 2012, 0:27 GMT

    @ JG2704 on (October 31 2012, 08:59 AM GMT) - re: SO'K - he is the biggest conundrum in Ozzy cricket at the moment (IMO)! On one hand, he has the most outstanding Shield bowling averages of any spinner - period! He was selected to play against England A during the Ashes @ Hobart. He scored a 50 & took 3 or 4 wickets (bearing in mind it was Englands best top 7 playing). Theoretically, he SHOULD of been the next in line to replace Doherty, (if you go along the lines that our selectors had old-timers disease & forgot about Hauritz) - then Beer came from nowhere - thanks to Warney, (he's never met a spinner he didn't like!). SO'K has had a couple of cameos in the Oz T20 side, but otherwise is INVISIBLE. The negative things are - he had a disrupted domestic season last year & was captain of an underperforming NSW team & he only averages 81 balls a FC game - which is less than half what most frontline spinners bowl in Oz.

  • on October 31, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    wasted such a good idea of world cricket club tournament depending on Indian viewers . Solution is simple 1. Make is a real club world cup ( Invite only champions of all countries and Runners up from past year semifinalist countries every year ) 2. Or name it as IPL 2 and play another IPL

  • Bilal_Choudry on October 31, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    they need to tweek it ... only invite the champion teams.. no runnerups should be in this tournament

  • JG2704 on October 31, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    @Meety on (October 30 2012, 20:40 PM GMT) I'm with you on this argument although I don't think the guy is bemoaning that Starc chose his home side. I used to believe it was the players choice but as a poster on here pointed out it's often the IPL sides have the power which is sad as I always believe the player should play for his home country's reps above anyone else. I'm sure there will be huge IPL interest in some of the Aus players but esp Starc and SS should be advising his advisers to make sure if he goes to an IPL side , if both SS (I think they'd qualify automatically as winners) and (provided he plays IPL and the side he plays for qualifies) then he is contracted for SS for the next one. BTW why did Mckay not get a game in the WC. Thought the Oz pacers worked better than the spinners? Also how does O Keefe usually go?

  • JG2704 on October 31, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    @ voice_of_reason on (October 30 2012, 08:47 AM GMT) In football these country's sides are allocated more sides because of their success in the competition. I know that Spain/Italy and England have had the most successful club sides over the years and I reckon (without looking) in the last decade there was only one side from outside those countries (Porto under Jose) who won it. Eng I think had 3 clubs for a while but were allocated 4 in the early 00s. It's not technically true that these countries are allocated more clubs because of their wealth but because of their club success (which is because of their wealth) which is similar I guess

  • jaison_cricfan on October 31, 2012, 5:35 GMT

    i think Clt20 should be like soccer champions league, i think all test playing countries..should participate, home and away format.. every trip should have 3 or 4 matches..i know its difficult.. thats a good idea indeed

  • Ayush_Chauhan on October 31, 2012, 5:27 GMT

    @ PanGlupek agreed and when we look at results 2 teams from India and 2 from Australia....If I am not wrong...As for an non IPL team winning. Absolutely it is definitely an achievement....maybe if they allowed Indian players to play as foreign nationals in these leagues...publicity would not be such a big problem...but here we are...

  • caught_knott_bowled_old on October 31, 2012, 0:46 GMT

    The tournament can't be taken seriously as a proper sporting event. T&T without Pollard, Narine, Bravo is not a champion team. The odds are stacked against them right from the start. So, why call it a Champion team, when their main guys are not playing for them. Team composition rules need to be changed. If that can't be done, then lets just stick with the IPL. Firdose, please do some more analysis.

  • on October 30, 2012, 22:49 GMT

    This tournament should have have had a qualifying stage. It is unfair for teams like Sailkot, Trinidad and Tobago,Hampshire and Uva to play only one game and be knocked out. This is not a proper way for selecting the best team of the world.Trinidad once made it to the Finals. I will stop watching if they continue to have a qualifying phase.

  • Meety on November 1, 2012, 0:35 GMT

    @JG2704 on (October 31 2012, 08:59 AM GMT) - re: SO'K (again). IMO - he is stats are probably slightly flattering, as I think Lyon has far more loop & drift. Yet Lyon is technically 50% worse (on averages) in the Shield than SO'K! How that happens - its got me stumped? I think he is worth a look & really now that Holland is injured & Boyce not quite ready - he & Hauritz should be the next spinners in line to cover Lyon. So technically - if you were to say that our 3-best spinners are Lyon, Hauritz & SO'K - Oz are fairly well placed. Most Ozzys have their fingers crossed that Boyce (a leggie) kicks on - he has promise, but he struggles to get a game behind pacers in Cutting, McDermott, Feldman & then Hauritz, (not to mention a return from injury for Harris).

  • Meety on November 1, 2012, 0:27 GMT

    @ JG2704 on (October 31 2012, 08:59 AM GMT) - re: SO'K - he is the biggest conundrum in Ozzy cricket at the moment (IMO)! On one hand, he has the most outstanding Shield bowling averages of any spinner - period! He was selected to play against England A during the Ashes @ Hobart. He scored a 50 & took 3 or 4 wickets (bearing in mind it was Englands best top 7 playing). Theoretically, he SHOULD of been the next in line to replace Doherty, (if you go along the lines that our selectors had old-timers disease & forgot about Hauritz) - then Beer came from nowhere - thanks to Warney, (he's never met a spinner he didn't like!). SO'K has had a couple of cameos in the Oz T20 side, but otherwise is INVISIBLE. The negative things are - he had a disrupted domestic season last year & was captain of an underperforming NSW team & he only averages 81 balls a FC game - which is less than half what most frontline spinners bowl in Oz.

  • on October 31, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    wasted such a good idea of world cricket club tournament depending on Indian viewers . Solution is simple 1. Make is a real club world cup ( Invite only champions of all countries and Runners up from past year semifinalist countries every year ) 2. Or name it as IPL 2 and play another IPL

  • Bilal_Choudry on October 31, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    they need to tweek it ... only invite the champion teams.. no runnerups should be in this tournament

  • JG2704 on October 31, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    @Meety on (October 30 2012, 20:40 PM GMT) I'm with you on this argument although I don't think the guy is bemoaning that Starc chose his home side. I used to believe it was the players choice but as a poster on here pointed out it's often the IPL sides have the power which is sad as I always believe the player should play for his home country's reps above anyone else. I'm sure there will be huge IPL interest in some of the Aus players but esp Starc and SS should be advising his advisers to make sure if he goes to an IPL side , if both SS (I think they'd qualify automatically as winners) and (provided he plays IPL and the side he plays for qualifies) then he is contracted for SS for the next one. BTW why did Mckay not get a game in the WC. Thought the Oz pacers worked better than the spinners? Also how does O Keefe usually go?

  • JG2704 on October 31, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    @ voice_of_reason on (October 30 2012, 08:47 AM GMT) In football these country's sides are allocated more sides because of their success in the competition. I know that Spain/Italy and England have had the most successful club sides over the years and I reckon (without looking) in the last decade there was only one side from outside those countries (Porto under Jose) who won it. Eng I think had 3 clubs for a while but were allocated 4 in the early 00s. It's not technically true that these countries are allocated more clubs because of their wealth but because of their club success (which is because of their wealth) which is similar I guess

  • jaison_cricfan on October 31, 2012, 5:35 GMT

    i think Clt20 should be like soccer champions league, i think all test playing countries..should participate, home and away format.. every trip should have 3 or 4 matches..i know its difficult.. thats a good idea indeed

  • Ayush_Chauhan on October 31, 2012, 5:27 GMT

    @ PanGlupek agreed and when we look at results 2 teams from India and 2 from Australia....If I am not wrong...As for an non IPL team winning. Absolutely it is definitely an achievement....maybe if they allowed Indian players to play as foreign nationals in these leagues...publicity would not be such a big problem...but here we are...

  • caught_knott_bowled_old on October 31, 2012, 0:46 GMT

    The tournament can't be taken seriously as a proper sporting event. T&T without Pollard, Narine, Bravo is not a champion team. The odds are stacked against them right from the start. So, why call it a Champion team, when their main guys are not playing for them. Team composition rules need to be changed. If that can't be done, then lets just stick with the IPL. Firdose, please do some more analysis.

  • on October 30, 2012, 22:49 GMT

    This tournament should have have had a qualifying stage. It is unfair for teams like Sailkot, Trinidad and Tobago,Hampshire and Uva to play only one game and be knocked out. This is not a proper way for selecting the best team of the world.Trinidad once made it to the Finals. I will stop watching if they continue to have a qualifying phase.

  • hhillbumper on October 30, 2012, 21:36 GMT

    Glad the ECB have dropped out of this one.Let the bonfire of the vanities to continue

  • Meety on October 30, 2012, 20:40 GMT

    @voice_of_reason on (October 30 2012, 08:47 AM GMT) - it irks me that a player can play against his domestic home team in the Champ League. The Sixers sort of had that this time around with Lee (&maybe Bolly) & when NSW last qualified with I think Haddin, Lee, Bolly & Watto (know it was 3 can't remember if it was 4). There shouldn't be a choice. As for Starc & Yorkshire, he was a prime factor in them qualifying for the final, but there is no way he should of played for them in the Champ League!

  • Abhranil on October 30, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    clt20 is a joke......nothing else to say...!!!!

  • BloodBeat on October 30, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    There should be the champions of all the 10 test playing nations in this "Champions " League

  • on October 30, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    CLT20 has lot of potential. It should be an ICC event rather than BCCI-CSA-SA alliance. Boards need to take it seriously and once ICC runs it it will be consistent event. People suggest same number of teams per country but it cannot be done. Because every country has different number of teams participating in their domestic leagues. If 4 teams participate from 9-team IPL, then imagine 4 teams participating from 6-team New Zealand competition ! And also in football, all countries dont have equal number of participating teams.

  • g.narsimha on October 30, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    IMTIAZTUSHAD- GOOD idia but where from u bring money , BCCI doesnt allow thier players to participate cven in SLPL, BPL, PPL IS IN DREAMS , these 2 league are bieng run with the IND money , do u think that IND are desparate to play in this emaginary ASIAN CHAMP, thing before posting such athrash oin public domain .

  • PanGlupek on October 30, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    By the way, even though the tournament is very obviously geared towards IPL teams winning, just for the record, I really enjoyed watching it. It's one of few bits of cricket you get to watch on TV in Europe & the standard was obviously very high. For the neutral, it would have been nicer to see a fairer system, but at the end of the day, the IPL can please the neutral, or they can please themselves, it's thier call.

  • PanGlupek on October 30, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    @Ayush_Chauhan, Actually the FIFA World Cup takes 5 from S. America, and Asia would also have 5, but Aus & NZ qualified above all the Asian teams. They do this based on previous results (i.e. Asian teams never do well in world cups, except South Korea, and South American teams do, hence almost 50% (5 out of 12) of South American countries qualify.). Bearing in mind 7 of the 8 semi-finalists at the last 2 World cups have come from Europe, it seems logical that they should get more qualifying spots. I basically think that's how it should work - the better a country has done in recent history, the better the chance of them getting an automatic qualification spot should be. As the article suggests though, they won't change it. All the same, that makes it an even bigger achievement that non-IPL teams manage to win it.

  • on October 30, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    Champions league is the lowest of the low if you ask me. Aside from the huge earning potential this entire league is a joke. Its just not right when players are playing for their franchise against their home teams. Watching Morne Morkel bowling against his fellow countrymen is just not enjoyable. And hes just one of many.

    I understand how cricketers need to make money to survive like the rest of us, however I feel its becoming more excessive and greedy than anything else.

    Its a sad day when love of cricket gets replaced with the love of the dollar sign.

  • remnant on October 30, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    Although i agree that 2/4 IPL teams must go thru qualification, however that may not be enough to appease the 'have nots' from heart burn, so it would be better if the 3 stakeholder boards of this tournament, change the name from Champions league to something else, and get on with it. There is no need to bend over backwards. In free market economics revenue generation dictates extra seats, and if other nations don't want to compete, on such terms, then let it be! They are free to stay out or create their own models.

  • voice_of_reason on October 30, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    I can accept that a Champions League tournament can have more teams from one country than another. It happens in the European football Champion's League. Because of the success English, Spanish, Italian and German clubs have had previously (and probably because of the money they bring to the table - let's be realistic about it) they are allowed three clubs with automatic qualification and one additional club which has to pre-qualify for coming fourth in it's own league. But two things scupper this tournament for me. 1) The pretence it's currently a properly organised Champion's League rather than a private tournament. 2) That players have to choose which team they play for if they represented two or more of the qualifying teams. (No choice if one was an IPL team.) This is simply because the "qualifying windows" are not concurrent and never can be. Yorkshire, for example, were without Starc and Miller. I guess they should have signed two stars on short term contracts.

  • JG2704 on October 30, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    @ Leslie Scotland on (October 29 2012, 23:46 PM GMT) You mean just the WI domestic champs or all the domestic champs? If the latter , fair enough. If the former then why should a team from WI avoid qualification when other nations reps don't have to? I mean last year for instance an English qualifier (Somerset) made it further than T+T , so by that logic .... If the logic is because WI won the WC , then this tournament was scheduled before the WC took place.

  • Ayush_Chauhan on October 30, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    @ GlobalCricketLover The FIFA World Cup takes 4 from South America and the same from Asia. Where is the fairness in that. The Champions League, allows more teams to play from EPL, while there are leagues in Europe which are not represented at all. Do a bit of homework, before you set out criticizing something. This cry baby nature has gone on for too long... You don't like it...don't watch it...look at England they won't be playing next year... This is a format that every participating board agreed to, so grow up

  • on October 30, 2012, 8:36 GMT

    They cant call the tournament "Champions League" if there is no equal playing level for all the teams...

  • ramli on October 30, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    Imteaz Tishad .. wake up man .. your dream is over ... I don't know why so many viewers are miffed with CLT20 ... it is just one more Tamasha ... when countries are queuing for participation unmindful of so called prestige, why bother ... take it or leave it ... cheers

  • GlobalCricketLover on October 30, 2012, 6:53 GMT

    if something is called a Champions league then it must have same number of teams from participating countries..not one more not one less. Whether it's one from each country or two. One cannot go this extreme (4 IPL teams out of 10 in main stage!) for the sake of money. If they simply want to ensure more money, why not play IPL again in this slot? at least dont insult other countries by asking their top teams to 'qualify'. The shameful thing is that the other countries like WI, NZ, SL etc. are willing to be put to humiliation for the sake of potential money earining opportunity. Would have liked to see them show middle finger to the league instead.

  • on October 30, 2012, 6:51 GMT

    This is a big joke! How can you call this is a Champions League? BCCI/CSA/CA represnted with eight teams, and rest of countries to fight for the remaining two places. What joke! ICC, please wake-up. Why do you offer window for this? ZIM and BAN is not even in the picture!

  • on October 30, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    BPL ,SLPL and PL(pakistan) should arrange a tounament name Asian T20 championship.2 teams from each country will play directly.And A team from India,nepal,afganistan and UAE will have to play qualifying round for last two spot.

  • kingcobra85 on October 30, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    what you are essentially saying is people should not care about how much money a tournament makes instead they should include everyone eventhough the tournament will cease to exist in a couple of years due to financial losses.

    A tournament like this is only possible because of a market like India. You need to bend over your backwards to make everything possible for a team from India to succeed that is simple economics provided they dont cheat.

    Just look at the EPL how many teams can compete with Chelsea or Man city in the market yet you are not writing articles like these are you

  • drsuso on October 30, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    This tournament is a joke.

  • on October 30, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    Finally the joke tournament has ended.The tournament was supposed to have only the champions of each country not runners up and third teams from some favoured countries.The ICC should regulate these tournaments before giving their approval to stage these championships which indeed was a farce and demotivating for some teams as they had to play preliminary games before qualifying for the final round which does not make sense going by the name of the tournament.Hopefully the ICC will wake up and regulate all tournaments instead of only thinking of the revenue due to the influence of vested interests.

  • ziggy500 on October 30, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    if australia own a share, why isn't it shown here. not even on pay tv, only on the internet's dodgy stream sites is this available in AUS. I don't take this tournament seriously, without a proper system i wont watch it. and don't say that its to raise more money for india, because if i knew the team i supported hadan unfair advantage, i would'nt watch. a proper system, media coverage and advertising in other countries either than SA and IND, it will make truckloads more than it is now

  • Udendra on October 30, 2012, 4:08 GMT

    this was the most boring tournament of 2012! the format is a flop and biased.

  • sramesh_74 on October 30, 2012, 3:48 GMT

    This seems to be an extension of the IPL. Having 4 IPL teams in the main draw is plain rubbish. There should be two teams from each major T20 league. Or scrap the entire thing...

  • Meety on October 30, 2012, 3:08 GMT

    At the end of the day it is a private tournament & teams (like the English Counties) can tell the Champ League to get stuffed (as the Counties have already). It is the biggest money event for non-IPL teams & so there is a desire for most domestic sides to want to play. I have no problem with a qualifying event.

  • xylo on October 30, 2012, 3:00 GMT

    I think the biggest takeaway from this tournament is to scrap this.

  • omairhr on October 30, 2012, 2:51 GMT

    If the tournament is not 'owned' by ICC, why give a window in FTP?

  • Chris_P on October 30, 2012, 1:59 GMT

    Don't really want it here, & given the general interest, neither do many others. It also interrupts our test preparation, & we know what next year is, don't we?

  • one-eyed-but-keepinitreal on October 30, 2012, 1:54 GMT

    @Leslie Scotland...you are kidding aren't you? The T&T roster would not exite a domestic thirds team supporter. They went well a couple of years ago based on the extreme performance of one player. They still lost to the superior team that year who did not even take the format seriously at that stage. Pollard was not there this year and he is not even close to the same form (players get worked out unless, like Gayle, they are truly talented). i suspect if you transferred that T&T side to this year's Aussie BBL they would have finished last.

  • on October 29, 2012, 23:46 GMT

    I still dont understand why the West Indian team has to qualify. Even though they had a rough go of it in the qualifiers, the tournament and the world was robbed of the most exciting players of this format in the the world- the team of Trinidad and Tobago.

  • Meety on October 29, 2012, 23:41 GMT

    @Buckers410 on (October 29 2012, 22:02 PM GMT) - IMO, the only time it could be held in Oz is October, but the pitches would be a little rough coming off the football seasons. There isn't too much sport in Oz in October, Motor Racing & soccer have their best coverage this time of the year. To be honest though, I don't think Oz really want to host it!

  • Buckers410 on October 29, 2012, 22:02 GMT

    agree totally with @Gilly4ever. There should always be at least one team from the test playing nations, and two from the owners. But Aus should get a tyrn to host it. The crowds would pour out in sydney to see Syd Sixers vs Chennai SK. You would get packed crowds at the G if Warnies Stars made it to the tournament

  • Sudhir65 on October 29, 2012, 21:16 GMT

    It was a great tournament. IPL and BCCI is the money maker for world cricket. What is the use of complaining? Learn to compete with them. BBL, SPL... etc. are good starts.

  • Ozcricketwriter on October 29, 2012, 19:59 GMT

    1) Next year it should be in Australia 2) Have 2 teams from each of the co-owners, IPL, BBL and SA - and only 1 from each in the main draw, with the 2nd one having to qualify 3) Every other test-playing nation should have a side here, including Zimbabwe and Bangladesh. It isn't hard to make this a fair thing.

  • on October 29, 2012, 19:19 GMT

    One must not call it Champions league, keep it for the real league where all countries' champs get equal matches. ICC is very personal about some names like Word Eleven so they sould also change this one.

  • JG2704 on October 29, 2012, 18:55 GMT

    @Desihungama on (October 29 2012, 17:08 PM GMT) I've always said qualification was a bit harsh but surely no one but the team itself can be blamed if they don't arrive in plenty of time

  • on October 29, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    Next year the runners and champions from IPL should allow to play the tournament and let two or one team participate in the qualifier along with other team but i prefer only two teams from IPL and should invite the BPL team also

  • gustakhcricketer on October 29, 2012, 18:14 GMT

    well i am personally not a big fan of ttwenty cricket..i mean cricket should never be so fast...secondly if only SA, AUS and India are investing in the tournament then i think no one should argue about the format...the name yes the name must be changes to something more like SA,AUS, Ind league...i have seen some comments that say it was boring..well after watching world ttwenty where you see best of the best..this tournament was nothing,...i mean there are gud players in each of these teams but they do not give their 100 percent as they try to deliver when they play for their country..i think that made it more boring..lack of expressions from players..lack of agression on the pitch...i mean wha is fun if the bowler is smiling and talking to the batsman like they are playing a friendly match...:)

  • on October 29, 2012, 18:09 GMT

    If BCCI has the power to frame rules; no need to envy. The big chunk of sponsor money comes from Indian sponsors and it is justifiable....This is a private league and remember that it was an IPL team (DEC) that won the previous title held in S.Africa. If Sialkot Stallions arrived 12 midnight, that's only their problem. Look at Aces who reached weeks before the tournament and got familiar with the conditions. Rather than criticizing, can any of the othet boards start a parallel league and challenge the CLT20? No. Right? Then keep quiet and watch the matches if you want or switch channels. No one is forcing to see the matches.......

  • Omarrz on October 29, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    BCCI is destroying cricket for its own sake. Period.

  • Cpt.Meanster on October 29, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    Very simple guys, make the CHAMPIONS and RUNNERS UP from ALL countries participate DIRECTLY into the competition. No more qualification rounds that's meaningless. That way the tournament is FAIR. I don't care the BCCI has a bigger share in this tournament, I don't want to see more than 2 IPL teams next time. Oh, and the winner of a CLT20 should NOT be given direct entry. Also, a certain player CONTRACTED to another team must NOT feature for another franchise or club. For example, Dirk Nannes played for the RCB in the IPL and he played for the Lions as well. He should NOT play for the Lions if he signed the contract with the RCB first. The same applies to the IPL teams. They cannot force players to play with their teams if their players signed FIRST with another franchise or club. Make these rule changes and the CLT20 will be even more legit.

  • ZMPK on October 29, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    only 2 best teams of EACH OF THE the domestic leagues SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO PLAY.

  • on October 29, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    Indian players are unfortunate, as they can play only in IPL and rest all other countries players can play in any domestic league. Also, the most expensive players in IPL are foreigners and least paid are of India domestic teams. Also, if Indian players have not played for India they cant be auctioned but other players can be even in IPL like Shaun Marsh, Pomersbach, Ten Doeschate etc. Such a hypocrisy. Somehow India seems to be soft target. Please post.

  • sanjaycrickfan on October 29, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    I think they should stop CLT20 altogether. IPL is great but CLT20 is boring.

  • on October 29, 2012, 17:18 GMT

    PS - may I point out that that Somerset remain the only UK team to have won a match in the post-qualifying stages?

  • on October 29, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    An outstanding and - reasonably - well-balanced article. Bit of a failure to tackle the ludicrously slanted qualification process and how closely this is related to the make-up of the controlling Boards.

    I propose a tournament involving the top two of every domestic competition, on absolutely equal terms, with all teams avoiding their domestic co-qualifiers in the first stage. Much as I hate to say so, I suspect the Sydney Sixers would still win - but it's an academic point as the BCCI would never agree.

  • Desihungama on October 29, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    What about scheduling? Sialkot Stallions landing at 12 midnight with a game next morning. You gotta be kidding right? 3 IPL team without having to play a qualifier? How is that supposed to be a competition among best domestic sides when sides finishing fourth in a domestic tournament is automatically advanced. The whole tournament was a farce. Please post.

  • justsaif1 on October 29, 2012, 17:04 GMT

    Yess definitely... how can a team apart from IPL Teams can win this tournament... The Format should be changed to favour IPL teams... maybe more Indian teams next year & maybe no other league teams....

  • mughal29173 on October 29, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    well all aspects have been very sugar coatedly told. ICC would not do anything about it. I wish americans and Russians and Germans may be start to sponsor such tournaments on their soil. Who will stop the power of $ and Euros??

  • ashi30 on October 29, 2012, 16:40 GMT

    THIS YEAR'S CL WAS DAMN BORING....

  • LeftBrain on October 29, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    Nice article Firdose. I am becoming a fan of yours because of your decent approach. This artcle, combined with the one you wrote during starting phase of this "world event" make some solid argumnets why this event is not what it is called. But your bluntness and tendency to call spade, a spade, wont win you too many admirers in India my friend!!!!

  • prabhukt429 on October 29, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    What a joke of tournament.what will bcci do next time any more rule changes like direct entry for ipl sides in the final.these boring t20 matches ruining cricket can't wait for test cricket .long, live test cricket.

  • kaushiq on October 29, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    its such a shame to see how the whole world have bowed down to money. this league is a total shameless abuse of power. like this years ipl i think i will boycott champions league as well. ii know it wont make a bit of difference but i will feel good protesting against this miss use of power.

  • on October 29, 2012, 16:14 GMT

    ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANTLY WRITTEN PIECE. i am Indian, but am ashamed of what the high handed administrators from my country are doing.

  • on October 29, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    Can't see these happening, but would love to see it. I am sad to say it, but more likely then this, we may see 6 IPL teams next year or 2 IPL teams may automatically qualify for the semos. After all the BCCI is in the charge of everything.

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  • on October 29, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    Can't see these happening, but would love to see it. I am sad to say it, but more likely then this, we may see 6 IPL teams next year or 2 IPL teams may automatically qualify for the semos. After all the BCCI is in the charge of everything.

  • on October 29, 2012, 16:14 GMT

    ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANTLY WRITTEN PIECE. i am Indian, but am ashamed of what the high handed administrators from my country are doing.

  • kaushiq on October 29, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    its such a shame to see how the whole world have bowed down to money. this league is a total shameless abuse of power. like this years ipl i think i will boycott champions league as well. ii know it wont make a bit of difference but i will feel good protesting against this miss use of power.

  • prabhukt429 on October 29, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    What a joke of tournament.what will bcci do next time any more rule changes like direct entry for ipl sides in the final.these boring t20 matches ruining cricket can't wait for test cricket .long, live test cricket.

  • LeftBrain on October 29, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    Nice article Firdose. I am becoming a fan of yours because of your decent approach. This artcle, combined with the one you wrote during starting phase of this "world event" make some solid argumnets why this event is not what it is called. But your bluntness and tendency to call spade, a spade, wont win you too many admirers in India my friend!!!!

  • ashi30 on October 29, 2012, 16:40 GMT

    THIS YEAR'S CL WAS DAMN BORING....

  • mughal29173 on October 29, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    well all aspects have been very sugar coatedly told. ICC would not do anything about it. I wish americans and Russians and Germans may be start to sponsor such tournaments on their soil. Who will stop the power of $ and Euros??

  • justsaif1 on October 29, 2012, 17:04 GMT

    Yess definitely... how can a team apart from IPL Teams can win this tournament... The Format should be changed to favour IPL teams... maybe more Indian teams next year & maybe no other league teams....

  • Desihungama on October 29, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    What about scheduling? Sialkot Stallions landing at 12 midnight with a game next morning. You gotta be kidding right? 3 IPL team without having to play a qualifier? How is that supposed to be a competition among best domestic sides when sides finishing fourth in a domestic tournament is automatically advanced. The whole tournament was a farce. Please post.

  • on October 29, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    An outstanding and - reasonably - well-balanced article. Bit of a failure to tackle the ludicrously slanted qualification process and how closely this is related to the make-up of the controlling Boards.

    I propose a tournament involving the top two of every domestic competition, on absolutely equal terms, with all teams avoiding their domestic co-qualifiers in the first stage. Much as I hate to say so, I suspect the Sydney Sixers would still win - but it's an academic point as the BCCI would never agree.