US$5 million on offer for the winners June 7, 2008

Million-dollar Twenty20 Champions League announced

Cricinfo staff
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The inaugural Champions League tournament, involving the domestic Twenty20 finalists from England, Australia, South Africa and the IPL, will take place over a 10-day period in late September and early October with US$5 million on offer for the winners.

The fine detail is yet to be confirmed, but Cricket Australia are currently drawing up the regulations which will deal with the issues of Indian Cricket League players and potential conflicts for players involved with more than one team.

It is possible that the Indian board will be generous towards ICL players after the success of IPL. It was also agreed, verbally, between the boards that foreign players will turn out for their local teams in the tournament. That undertaking was sought by the England and Australia boards at a meeting in Singapore.

However, it has been confirmed the event will feature 15 matches over 10 days, and will take place in either the Middle East or India. Alongside the huge sum for the winners, there will be significant prize money for the teams finishing second, third and fourth.

Stuart Broad, the England quick bowler, is excited by the move. "It's certainly an incentive for domestic sides to take Twenty20 seriously which can only help the international team," he said after the third day's play against New Zealand. "I've always thought Championship cricket is the priority because it develops players for Test cricket and that's the ultimate. But this could change the emphasis."

Western Australia and Victoria from Australia, Rajasthan and Chennai from the IPL along with the Dolphins and Titans from the Pro20 in South Africa have already qualified. They will be joined by the two finalists from the English Twenty20 Cup, which starts next week.

Following meetings late last week between the ECB, represented by chairman Giles Clarke and chief executive David Collier, Cricket Australia's chairman Creagh O'Connor and chief executive James Sutherland, an agreement was reached yesterday between Clarke, IPL commissioner and BCCI representative Lalit Modi, and Cricket South Africa president Norman Arendse.

"We are extremely grateful to our great friends from Australia, India and South Africa for their hard work and determination to get this tournament off the ground," Clarke said. "The Twenty20 Cup will be even more fiercely contested this season in the knowledge that the two teams who reach the final will qualify for the Champions League and the chance to win US$5 million."

This event throws up a number of potential conflicts, not least involving an players linked to the unofficial ICL. Chris Read, Vikram Solanki, Stuart Law, Niall O'Brien and Paul Nixon all appeared in the ICL, and if their counties qualify their inclusion will be a major conflict with the Indian board.

The other issue that will occur is involving players who are contracted to more than one of the teams involved, for example Mike Hussey who played for Chennai in the IPL and is also from Western Australia. The clash could also happen with overseas players in county cricket, for example David Hussey, who plays for Nottinghamshire and Victoria.

Somerset chief executive Richard Gould admitted to Sky Sports News: "We've already had some discussions and we're basically looking to mirror what the IPL contracts are. It was first mooted at the Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa and it's taken a while but now it's there, I think it's brilliant for club cricket. It gives it much more juice."

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • Nawel on June 11, 2008, 7:16 GMT

    I think Mr. Modi & BCCI is showing some Financial Muscle Power being the Richest Cricket Board in the world pressurizing the other boards not to allow the players who played in ICL regardless to the country or the caliber of player itself. Being an Indian i proud of being a citizen of the Richest Cricketing Country but i feel It's absolutely crazy. You can't run anyone through your power it's dictatorship in Cricket. We never allow dictatorship in any country so how can anyone tolerate it in this gentleman's game. I suggest to the Cricketing dictators, to give some smooth options to the players who played ICL, in order to include them in other T20 Championships played in any part of the world. Otherwise, the cricket fans feel upset not to see some real talented players like, Shane Bond, Abdul Razak, Ian Harvey, Russel Arnold etc. I advise Mr. Sharad Pawar & recently famous Mr. Lalit Modi to re-consider my opinion and i see this in the favor of cricket. Thanks in Anticipation. Nawel Maaz.

  • Bazi on June 11, 2008, 5:47 GMT

    I am surprised at karthi52's comments. They are a piece of subjective anti-Pakistan rhetoric, unfortunately noways good for him. PPL is a good initiative and PCB must pursue it though with proper homework and capacity even if it take some time to do that. Any show put together in a hurry will surely be a flop one. If the Champion's league concept has to be developed then each country will have to have a sound 2020 competition, which will produce the champs league teams. Pakistan already has one, but PPL will make its canvas broader. This will also mean that in future IPL's scale will slowly become smaller if the players opt for their local clubs. A player- playing for 2 clubs concept can't sustain for long. IPL, it must be remembered was successful because of whole hearted support of ICC, all important test countries and especially Pakistan, which helped India whole-heartedly with the boycott of ICL and then the approval of IPL. The dynamism and scale of Indian market was no doubt also a significant factor.

  • penetrator3000 on June 11, 2008, 0:26 GMT

    Players should be made to play for the first team they represented. David and Michael hussey, Cameron white, Shaun marsh and many others should represent their australian teams before their English county or IPL teams. I guess this would not apply to Shane warne any more since he has retired from English and australian domestic cricket.

  • Megadeath on June 10, 2008, 13:37 GMT

    The Cricket started club format in 18th century like MCC, HCC forgotten them for more than 100 years.Now after success of European football clubs they remember there is some thing other than national sides for highest level of cricket. In the haste of earning money there are so many confusions like players in more than one team in the same competition, its really funny. One should ask these boards first come on almost same format then pick two top teams from all the test playing nations.There are corporate houses in every country ready for owning a team. Even small European countries have more than 200 professional Football Clubs. Let the club system be more mature in cricket. Also leave t20 for clubs only (test and odi for national)and earn money and territory outside test nations. And the regular domestic competitions must take care of first class(ranji trophy and sheffield shield etc.) t20 club matches can be on weekend and domestic on weekdays.then think of a better Champions League...

  • karthi52 on June 10, 2008, 9:48 GMT

    Don't talk about icl. icl is started by failures.all the people who are involved in it are failures.from players to broadcasters to management. Shane bond rightly deserves the ban.How can he participate in icl rather than for New Zealand team, icl will never succeed. My many thanks to cricinfo for doing excellent job for cricket. Only error lalit modi did was to cut the access to cricinfo. I wonder if websites like sify,rediff,ndtv were able to put the photos ,then why not cricinfo. Lalit modi did a remarkable job. But in the next season ,he should give access to cricinfo. Lalit modi shou ld be happy ,for the way cricinfo covered the entire ipl,which no one did. All the sites showed more negatives than positives. But cricinfo only showed positive things. I monitored all the sites,by the way

  • devendran on June 10, 2008, 7:19 GMT

    It is wonderful that we are seeing our chennai super kings team back in the ground competing with some fine competitors but the result is that the series will promise lot of fire works and good season for the audience entertainment confirmed.

  • Nawel on June 10, 2008, 5:30 GMT

    I agree with Bazi's comments that, Pakistan is a pioneer team in T20 format, i guess it's quite difficult to decided the strongest team in T20 format whether it's India or Pakistan. So, inclusion of Pakistan at least is must in this Championship and without them, it's like a club cricket championship. Also I agree with some comments of Stephen, it's huge disappointing not to see the New Zealand Stars in this championship. So, what if Bond played ICL, you can't lose a caliber player like him just because he played ICL. He too played a cricket game in ICL not gambled or match fixing to ban him and other big guns like him. I say Bond is most decent Fast Bowler in the world who has a neat career never seen any aggression on the field like others. I also favor few comments of Karthik and i have the favorites like him, but he may be wrong in guessing the champion team, it's strongly expected to be Rajasthan again with the inclusion of Warne, Pathan, Watson and Tanveer the Big Guns of T20.

  • karthi52 on June 10, 2008, 5:06 GMT

    I am surprised when pcb started thinking about ppl. I am sure that it will fail like icl. Let me know that how many international players will participate in the league.Definitely Australia,New Zealand, will not participate. England did a lot of thinking to allow their players to ipl.Only after the success of ipl they are willing to send them.But definitely no Australians will come, i doubt over SA, i think they may also not participate.Only srilanka,and west indies will participate because of money.For India money does not matter.They have earned money in India itself. They wont care,even if pcb offers some millions,may be pcb can invite players from bangladesh,zimbabawe,ireland,scotland,etc. you name it.they told aboutt eight countries.so sri,wi,ire,bang,zim,ken,ire,scot.. this is correct.this will be good joke in cricket. Finally cricket is not entirely about money..we have seen that in ipl.i haven't watched for cheer leaders

  • Bazi on June 9, 2008, 23:52 GMT

    For the very kind info of Java1234 mistry72(Who are factually wrong in their comments or un-informed),Pakistan is the pioneer of 2020 cricket itself(Ramdam cup for decades) local twenty20 club championships also.Faislabad Wolves were the 1st local champions way back in 2004 or 5.They then won a then-version of the local clubs champions league held in ENG in 07', which was neither publicized nor that lucrative. So perhaps you should improve your knowledge about other countries' cricket structures first before giving blank statements.

    Please also read the posts of orvilled, loser989, sallubhai, chakdey, Khicoach, Canuckistani, zain_toronto, Naseer,Cricket4Shafiqand also my previous one for ground facts.

    The plan of the big 4 seems to use their and all the 'other' countries' players for their local clubs since else where the star value of teams will dwindle. So in reality, it'll be more of a facade than nothing else with the real local clubs playing.

    Inclusion of at least Pakistan is inevitable.

  • stephendaniell on June 9, 2008, 23:28 GMT

    I don't know why people saying that NZ probably wasn't invited to this because we don't have a domestic T20 comp. Well we had one for at least the past three seasons!! Canterbury won the first, Auckland the second and Central districts won the third season. It is more likely we are not invited because they don't think they will make much money by having us in the tournament. Or it's because pretty much every one of our teams has a ICL player in it. NZ has obeyed the BCCI by not using Shane Bond (and other ICL players) in the international team which has hurt us. So for the BCCI not to invite us is an insult. It's time to show the BCCI the door and start using Shane Bond and other ICL players. Who cares if we don't play India again, and they probably don't care if we play them because they won't make money out of us.

  • Nawel on June 11, 2008, 7:16 GMT

    I think Mr. Modi & BCCI is showing some Financial Muscle Power being the Richest Cricket Board in the world pressurizing the other boards not to allow the players who played in ICL regardless to the country or the caliber of player itself. Being an Indian i proud of being a citizen of the Richest Cricketing Country but i feel It's absolutely crazy. You can't run anyone through your power it's dictatorship in Cricket. We never allow dictatorship in any country so how can anyone tolerate it in this gentleman's game. I suggest to the Cricketing dictators, to give some smooth options to the players who played ICL, in order to include them in other T20 Championships played in any part of the world. Otherwise, the cricket fans feel upset not to see some real talented players like, Shane Bond, Abdul Razak, Ian Harvey, Russel Arnold etc. I advise Mr. Sharad Pawar & recently famous Mr. Lalit Modi to re-consider my opinion and i see this in the favor of cricket. Thanks in Anticipation. Nawel Maaz.

  • Bazi on June 11, 2008, 5:47 GMT

    I am surprised at karthi52's comments. They are a piece of subjective anti-Pakistan rhetoric, unfortunately noways good for him. PPL is a good initiative and PCB must pursue it though with proper homework and capacity even if it take some time to do that. Any show put together in a hurry will surely be a flop one. If the Champion's league concept has to be developed then each country will have to have a sound 2020 competition, which will produce the champs league teams. Pakistan already has one, but PPL will make its canvas broader. This will also mean that in future IPL's scale will slowly become smaller if the players opt for their local clubs. A player- playing for 2 clubs concept can't sustain for long. IPL, it must be remembered was successful because of whole hearted support of ICC, all important test countries and especially Pakistan, which helped India whole-heartedly with the boycott of ICL and then the approval of IPL. The dynamism and scale of Indian market was no doubt also a significant factor.

  • penetrator3000 on June 11, 2008, 0:26 GMT

    Players should be made to play for the first team they represented. David and Michael hussey, Cameron white, Shaun marsh and many others should represent their australian teams before their English county or IPL teams. I guess this would not apply to Shane warne any more since he has retired from English and australian domestic cricket.

  • Megadeath on June 10, 2008, 13:37 GMT

    The Cricket started club format in 18th century like MCC, HCC forgotten them for more than 100 years.Now after success of European football clubs they remember there is some thing other than national sides for highest level of cricket. In the haste of earning money there are so many confusions like players in more than one team in the same competition, its really funny. One should ask these boards first come on almost same format then pick two top teams from all the test playing nations.There are corporate houses in every country ready for owning a team. Even small European countries have more than 200 professional Football Clubs. Let the club system be more mature in cricket. Also leave t20 for clubs only (test and odi for national)and earn money and territory outside test nations. And the regular domestic competitions must take care of first class(ranji trophy and sheffield shield etc.) t20 club matches can be on weekend and domestic on weekdays.then think of a better Champions League...

  • karthi52 on June 10, 2008, 9:48 GMT

    Don't talk about icl. icl is started by failures.all the people who are involved in it are failures.from players to broadcasters to management. Shane bond rightly deserves the ban.How can he participate in icl rather than for New Zealand team, icl will never succeed. My many thanks to cricinfo for doing excellent job for cricket. Only error lalit modi did was to cut the access to cricinfo. I wonder if websites like sify,rediff,ndtv were able to put the photos ,then why not cricinfo. Lalit modi did a remarkable job. But in the next season ,he should give access to cricinfo. Lalit modi shou ld be happy ,for the way cricinfo covered the entire ipl,which no one did. All the sites showed more negatives than positives. But cricinfo only showed positive things. I monitored all the sites,by the way

  • devendran on June 10, 2008, 7:19 GMT

    It is wonderful that we are seeing our chennai super kings team back in the ground competing with some fine competitors but the result is that the series will promise lot of fire works and good season for the audience entertainment confirmed.

  • Nawel on June 10, 2008, 5:30 GMT

    I agree with Bazi's comments that, Pakistan is a pioneer team in T20 format, i guess it's quite difficult to decided the strongest team in T20 format whether it's India or Pakistan. So, inclusion of Pakistan at least is must in this Championship and without them, it's like a club cricket championship. Also I agree with some comments of Stephen, it's huge disappointing not to see the New Zealand Stars in this championship. So, what if Bond played ICL, you can't lose a caliber player like him just because he played ICL. He too played a cricket game in ICL not gambled or match fixing to ban him and other big guns like him. I say Bond is most decent Fast Bowler in the world who has a neat career never seen any aggression on the field like others. I also favor few comments of Karthik and i have the favorites like him, but he may be wrong in guessing the champion team, it's strongly expected to be Rajasthan again with the inclusion of Warne, Pathan, Watson and Tanveer the Big Guns of T20.

  • karthi52 on June 10, 2008, 5:06 GMT

    I am surprised when pcb started thinking about ppl. I am sure that it will fail like icl. Let me know that how many international players will participate in the league.Definitely Australia,New Zealand, will not participate. England did a lot of thinking to allow their players to ipl.Only after the success of ipl they are willing to send them.But definitely no Australians will come, i doubt over SA, i think they may also not participate.Only srilanka,and west indies will participate because of money.For India money does not matter.They have earned money in India itself. They wont care,even if pcb offers some millions,may be pcb can invite players from bangladesh,zimbabawe,ireland,scotland,etc. you name it.they told aboutt eight countries.so sri,wi,ire,bang,zim,ken,ire,scot.. this is correct.this will be good joke in cricket. Finally cricket is not entirely about money..we have seen that in ipl.i haven't watched for cheer leaders

  • Bazi on June 9, 2008, 23:52 GMT

    For the very kind info of Java1234 mistry72(Who are factually wrong in their comments or un-informed),Pakistan is the pioneer of 2020 cricket itself(Ramdam cup for decades) local twenty20 club championships also.Faislabad Wolves were the 1st local champions way back in 2004 or 5.They then won a then-version of the local clubs champions league held in ENG in 07', which was neither publicized nor that lucrative. So perhaps you should improve your knowledge about other countries' cricket structures first before giving blank statements.

    Please also read the posts of orvilled, loser989, sallubhai, chakdey, Khicoach, Canuckistani, zain_toronto, Naseer,Cricket4Shafiqand also my previous one for ground facts.

    The plan of the big 4 seems to use their and all the 'other' countries' players for their local clubs since else where the star value of teams will dwindle. So in reality, it'll be more of a facade than nothing else with the real local clubs playing.

    Inclusion of at least Pakistan is inevitable.

  • stephendaniell on June 9, 2008, 23:28 GMT

    I don't know why people saying that NZ probably wasn't invited to this because we don't have a domestic T20 comp. Well we had one for at least the past three seasons!! Canterbury won the first, Auckland the second and Central districts won the third season. It is more likely we are not invited because they don't think they will make much money by having us in the tournament. Or it's because pretty much every one of our teams has a ICL player in it. NZ has obeyed the BCCI by not using Shane Bond (and other ICL players) in the international team which has hurt us. So for the BCCI not to invite us is an insult. It's time to show the BCCI the door and start using Shane Bond and other ICL players. Who cares if we don't play India again, and they probably don't care if we play them because they won't make money out of us.

  • karthi52 on June 9, 2008, 16:23 GMT

    there is always a great friendship between India&australia like warne,lee,waugh with sachin ,dravid etc..and there is a good relation between India and South Africa from the Gandhi period onwards.but i don't know what is the relation between India and england,it may be professional friendship...but these kind of friendship is not that much healthier among subcontinent teams,that may be the reason..but in future Indian board will help other subcontinent teams to take part in the league. but i am eagerly waiting forward to see the championship.i want dhoni and his team to win the tournament..definitely the england team will not win.they will come with test mode..but we have to wait and see ,what they are going to do..but this championship wont be that much competitive as ipl..don't be surprised the finalist may be rajasthan and chennai...

  • shamilion on June 9, 2008, 13:27 GMT

    I think players should play for their original team. For instance, Mike Hussey should play for Western Australia and David Hussey play for Victoria.

  • sk089 on June 9, 2008, 13:07 GMT

    Its great for cricket fans like me.I agree with Chethana's view.These players should be playing for one league only. There can be 3-4 months break in the ICC calender out of which 1 month should be dedicated to domestic cricket. Also BCCI can add 50 over tournament between IPL teams.

  • Ben2bomb on June 9, 2008, 12:17 GMT

    It will be great with no international teams because if there is, Clubs would lose some of there best players to the international teams. There should be like a Super 8 format where every team plays each other.

  • ballap on June 9, 2008, 11:05 GMT

    BCCI is acting tough on ICL. After all cricket should be encouraged but not the money behind it.

  • Chethana on June 9, 2008, 8:37 GMT

    It is indeed a great idea to have a Champions League for cricket. Word is changing every day so why not cricket? But I have some concern over players eligibility to represent more than one league. In my opinion a player should represent only one T20 league. All T20 leagues should play its matches during a same period. ICC have to leave one month entirely for T20 league cricket. There shouldn't be international cricket played during T20 month. Separate contracts can be maintained for traditional first class cricket.

  • Nawel on June 9, 2008, 7:30 GMT

    It's a fantastic addition to a T20 Tournament, particularly after a remarkable success of IPL which has got an unbelievable response from the crowd, every single game has succeeded to gather a huge crowd, and lots of credit goes to Mr. Lalit Modi. Congrats Dude.

    But, I'm seeing after the success of IPL in every aspect, the other countries are trying to follow the same method blindly, which is absolutely not in their favor, it's India who can gather such a number of spectators where cricket is liked up to craze, but i don't think any other country can't do so. Secondly, in such competition i reckon all the ODI nation countries or at least all test nation countries should be part of it, it's really injustice to avoid New Zealand, SI, WI & Pakistan in particular.

  • cricket4shafiq on June 9, 2008, 4:57 GMT

    i feel there is some kind of agreement between BCCI and PCB ---that is to play Pakistan players in Indian teams as S.Tanveer, Akmal, Younis in Rajisthan . Anyways i will not follow this Champion money league without Pakistan's teams playing there. Anyone remembers Faisalabad Wolves winning in England, the champions money-less league. And ah Pakistan the winner of World T20 minus one short. And ah, the nation which is playing T20 before 1947. Anyone knows Ramadan cup? or visit any ground in Pakistan any time? Pathetic BCCI & PCB. Whatever we are 180Millions , more than UK,Australia SA. What matters? Money! what a shame!

  • Naseer on June 9, 2008, 4:33 GMT

    where is Pakistan, i think it is quite unbelievable, that T20 cup finalist are not in the competition, this is almost like a nothing championship, at least Pakistan team should have been included in the contest so that it would have been much tougher, live, and interesting. but I think Cricket is gradually moving from sports towards Business, because it is being governed by millionaires, not by cricketers, there is no value of sportsmanship, talent, loyalty to the country, but only Cash...........

  • Bazi on June 8, 2008, 23:56 GMT

    I didn't get it. Why exclude other countries esp Pakistan? Pakistan has had a successful Twenty20 competition for last some years. It's popular and it's competitive. In fact i remember the Faisalabad team, that year's local champions, winning a sort of a mini-champions league, if u will, held in SA a year or two ago. Exclusion of other top countries is incomprehensible! Pakistan were the finalists of the 1st twenty20 world championship after all! Remember any one, last September?

    .Bazi.

  • masumaman on June 8, 2008, 22:10 GMT

    It is a very good thing but what is disappointing is that how come domestic teams from other countries are not in it. For example the Stanford 20 20 of West Indies also has lot of money in it (if money is the major factor).

  • mistry72 on June 8, 2008, 21:57 GMT

    i think because they don't have a stable domestic 20-20 league.. not sure about west indies though .. their Standford 20-20 league looks pretty good.

  • zain_toronto on June 8, 2008, 19:50 GMT

    Well it's kind of strange that Pakistan is the most talented and aggressive cricketing nation was not invited, that country reached the 20/20 world cup final , showed the path of this exiting 20/20 thrill by holding first 20/20 tournament couple of years back, where Indians were reluctant to play 20/20 cricket that time. Well it raised every ones eyebrows that Indians might try to play politics in this noble game, called cricket. Please don't bring politics in the game, ICC should hold this championship and invite all cricketing nation,

    Zain toronto

  • SanjeevDatadin on June 8, 2008, 19:31 GMT

    Again we see the absolute arrogance of Modi and the BCCI who are demanding that all players must first play for the IPL franchises and worse; all teams with ICL players would not be allowed to participate. Unless I am mistaken and I am subject to correction, but didn't a Court of law in England rule that the ICL players could not be prevented from playing in the English leagues. It cannot be tolerated that the BCCI will use its influence to punish players who choose to play in the ICL. Brian Lara and Shane Bond are exceptional cricketers who ought not to be kept from cricket by rules and regulations designed to further the agenda of the BCCI. Cricket is more important than all the money in the world. No doubt money is necessary but we not not trade fair principles in exchange for the BCCI coffers. I would suggest the way to stop the BCCI arrogance is to boycott the IPL and any other league which improperly restrict player participation. We must demand fairness!!!

  • rama.. on June 8, 2008, 17:21 GMT

    great to see this happens in India..it ll be of great fun to watch different country players playing among themselves for different clubs..

  • hacib23 on June 8, 2008, 17:04 GMT

    Its MONEY which is in the driving seat here. As the boards (read people who manage cricket for cricket playing nations) are making quick money everything is hunky dory. A few millionaires have 'thrown the coin' and are watching the hoi pollio dance. Before deciding to roll-on with the juggernaut, a few issues regarding 'sports ethics' need to be resolved. Cricket should not be made into a short thriller or a 5-minute 'item-number'. We all need fun and T20 is good fun but there should be emphasis on Cricket and not glamor. Cricket should not be compromised for quick money-making.

  • worldcricketer on June 8, 2008, 15:25 GMT

    I agree with the first post and, that is it must have the top two local teams from every Test Nation included.Can you imagine the boost to local junior cricketers the world over if they know that they can play against the best cricketers in the world. The top two teams from each nation is 16 teams. In the IPL there are 8 teams. A total of 24. Games can be played as double headers. An ODI is 100 overs. Two t20 games are 80 overs. Have six groups of four drawn by a lucky dip. Each group plays the other in its group twice. The winner of the groups go into a super six final series, play each other twice with the top four play semi finals,the rest try again the next year.

  • Chipamong on June 8, 2008, 15:07 GMT

    Let me congratulate first. One thing that I realized is that members of IPL and BCCI are not uneducated people. If they are educated I don't think they will treat ICL like this. Some times, I feel they are not Indians at all. If they are Indians I am sure they will not behave like to their own countrymen. They should incorporate with ICL.

  • Krishna2007 on June 8, 2008, 15:06 GMT

    Lalit Modi and the BCCI have to be stopped in their tracks as their high handedness is ensuring that deserving players playing in the ICL are getting excluded from the gravy train. After copying every aspect of the ICL and throwing big money like high stakes gambler in a Vegas casino into the IPL, these mercenary bigwigs, headed by a pompous poseur have made a mockery of cricket.

    In fact the BCCI has behaved in a cheap and vindictive manner in the way they have tried to steamroll the ICL and the players, umpires and everyone else associated with it. For once as an Indian, I have wished that the ICC would come down with a heavy hand on the BCCI and put them in their place.

    The IPL has been a totally unmemorable event in the cricketing sense. One cannot remember a single match in it, as it was a blink and miss kind of event. Am sure that the ICL will move on and the IPL will be stuck in the 20 20 mode.

  • Canuckistani on June 8, 2008, 14:41 GMT

    This isn't a tournament for top 20/20 teams. The World 20/20 Finalists Pakistan's teams aren't invited. Pakistan's domestic 20/20 teams have topped the rankings. Teams from other countries are excluded too based on what criteria? Liked or Not liked?

    Its not Champions' League, its a shoddy practice of only we deserve this money league. The sorry state of the other 'enlightened' boards of Australia and England are playing to the tune of money. Where's the outrage from them?

  • TwitterJitter on June 8, 2008, 14:01 GMT

    The only way for champions league to succeed is for each of the four nations having club level cricket in their domestic tournaments with players from other nations playing for their clubs like the IPL. Also, each club can bid for exclusive rights for a player at the time of signing, which means that player, if playing for two clubs at different times can only play for the club with exclusive rights in their head-to-head match ups. We can't have two countries having clubs with exclusively domestic players (read Australia and SA) playing in a champions league game against a club with players from other nations and then snatch away the top players in their head-to-head games based on country-of-origin basis. If that is the case, you won't find any crowds for a Victoria vs. Western Australia finals in champions league if it is held in India, SA, or England as it consists exclusively of Australian players.

  • Sekhar_S on June 8, 2008, 13:51 GMT

    Shaun Marsh playing with Mike Hussey.Morkel against Ntini.Chennai Superkings against Western Australia Warriors.Sounds exciting.I am sure this Champions League will be marketed like the IPL and would be as successful as the IPL.

  • khicoach on June 8, 2008, 13:19 GMT

    Pakistan was the runners-up team in the T20 World Cup. A Pakistan club team won the T20 Club World Championship in 2007. Yet the Gurus of world cricket chose not to invite any Pakistani club team in the Champions League.... International teams continue to avoid playing in Pakistan for fear of terrorist attacks.... any which way you look at it, Pakistanis are discouraged or ignored by the world cricket body. This is unfair and sad.... And the BCCI continues to act like an old hag that has recently discovered oil on her land by dismissing teams which have ICL players in them. And what are such players to do? Sit back and watch others make money??? Pure greed and politics have taken over the game of cricket - welcome to the new revolution.

  • Java1234 on June 8, 2008, 13:05 GMT

    Sri Lanka, Pakistan, New Zealand, West Indies and bangladesh don't have teams because they do not have official domestic T20 competition. I am sure once they establish one they will get invited.

  • peeeeet on June 8, 2008, 12:24 GMT

    talk about overkill. this is ridiculous. i have said it before and ill say it again...i hate t20. i think i am the only person in the world who does, but i really do. i love test cricket and i think we should go back to the good old days when teams toured other countries for 5 match series. have a novelty 50 over tournament or 20 over tournament once a yr in the england summer before or after their test series so the other countries have something to do in that time. as a side thought, i also don't think much of international players these days, coming out complaining theres too much cricket then wanting to find windows to play more cricket because of the $$$ involved.

  • Huss48 on June 8, 2008, 12:08 GMT

    i think Mike Hussey should play for the warriors instad of the super kings because he is born and bred with the warriors. I disagree with the rule that the IPL has the choice over state. I think that the player should chose and does that mean Adam Gilchrist can play for the warriors because at the time of the KFC Big bash he was still contracted with us?

  • hiten89master on June 8, 2008, 10:45 GMT

    t20 isn't a very good version it will spoil the technique of top class batsmen. I think we should stick to 50-50 and test cricket. if cricket starts lowering its overs this way then maybe there will be a time that the game's winner will be decided after the toss

  • asimk01 on June 8, 2008, 7:08 GMT

    I totally agree with Aze1 comments ..... why weren't Sri Lanka, Pakistan, New Zealand and West Indies invited? Why aren't these member countries involved?Also, it's about time the ICC decides which is important, club or country? This is because these two things are in conflict of each other.

  • LITT on June 8, 2008, 7:00 GMT

    It's extremely good for cricket. It would really boost its popularity. Rajasthan v Victoria, Chennai v Surrey are really a treat to watch. As far as ODI is concerned, it would affect it, but its OK. T20 and Tests can go side-by-side.

  • irexx on June 8, 2008, 3:20 GMT

    I reckon its a really good idea but i reckon there should be a couple of more teams in it. i also like the 5 million dollar reward, it will make players play harder to win it.

  • shaheenmunda_420 on June 8, 2008, 2:56 GMT

    hi well i want 2 say it will destroyed one day cricket game of version ...in my opnion in comming year the future of one-day-cricket is dark.ICC huv to take very harsh step in order to avoid diz kind of tournment...

  • TwitterJitter on June 8, 2008, 2:36 GMT

    Don't much care for the champions league. I will just subscribe to, and watch IPL, thankyou. How is champions league different from a country vs. country match? Infact, it is much worse because it will have two domestic teams, and hence much more diluted talent (remember not even the top 22 players from a nation will be playing as they will be split among many domestic teams). IPL was different in that it allowed a club culture with teams composed of players from different nations under one team. Now we have a diluted talent in a team like Chennai - or any other domestic team - playing for much larger prize money than say a nation vs. nation match.

    All the boards looked at the IPL and think that they want a piece of the loot. Here you have players with calibre less than that of T20 world cup teams, but playing for a bigger prize money than T20WC.

  • aze1 on June 8, 2008, 2:32 GMT

    why only india,south africa,australia,england teams are playing. There are other nations also, Pakistan,Bangladesh,Newziland,Srilanka. Are they playing football or some other game. All test playing nations should be invited to play this tournament.They also playing twenty20 cricket in their countries. Do justice and invite all test playing nations(two finalist teams from each country or make it one team from each country).

  • Longlivetests12 on June 8, 2008, 2:23 GMT

    Shane Warne? Victorian.. playing against Victoria for an INDIAN team..doesn't seem right, even if he has retired... Hope David Hussey smacks him..

  • yescharny on June 8, 2008, 2:19 GMT

    Really excited for this. A chance for the Bushrangers to show their Twenty20 supremacy. They've only every lost 1 Big Bash match, so they are obviously a special side who can prove something on the big stage. Watch out Warney!

  • Gregorio on June 8, 2008, 0:51 GMT

    Would it not be closer to complete if the top two teams from the Stanford Twenty20 were also invited?

  • ajaydesai on June 8, 2008, 0:51 GMT

    At least it will keep people working and watching cricket when they are home which is likely to save taxpayers millions of rupees wasted in meaningless sporting event

  • Sach.S on June 7, 2008, 23:59 GMT

    OK now this is getting out of hand. First there was ICL, then IPL and now this so called 'worldwide' thing. Everyone's happy 'cos everyone's getting a part of that huge cash bundle, but cricket will suffer. There were so many complaints about too much cricket being played, but nobody has any complain now. Well, who would want to when so much money is involved? This is really bad for Test cricket. Very soon we'll see the amount of Test cricket being played cut down to make way for the T20s... Such a waste...

  • Kustom on June 7, 2008, 23:55 GMT

    Wheres the New Zealand teams!! Boooooo!

  • chakdey on June 7, 2008, 23:30 GMT

    Funny how the Pakistan board havent even been mentioned, the last time such a 20/20 Champions league tournament occured was in Leicestershire. The teams included champions from the UK, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and a team comprising of the best PCA XI including Chris Gayle. The pakistani team came out on top with Faisalabad Wolves. Pakistan also reached the final of the twenty20 world cup...they were one of the best teams in the side.

    Typical of the main governing bodies to just ignore them altogether. Frightened by the sheer power? I hope the tournament flops, i find it funny how most players complain about the amount of games they play and how they have to travel....when these games will take place on the other side of the world with 15 matches in 10 days. If you lose you come back with nothing

    Good luck to the physio!

  • Koushik_Biswas on June 7, 2008, 22:45 GMT

    The pyramid of power is being built. Domestic 20 20 tournaments in each nation will generate and sustain the drive and interest as all these building blocks culminate at the top of the money and fame pyramid - global champions! This will definitely go a long way in diluting the big boss image of IPL as now it is an accepted part - a limb in the global body of hierarchy - blending into the global order rather than standing out. And believe it or not, this is good for test cricket, as 20 20 will start carving out its own niche - a global money making wham wham version of the cricket at its own place. It has nothing to do with test cricket, each has its own rightful place. With big countries accepting seamless movement of cricketers between the formats, players will be at ease at not having to select any one. Lastly, I am surprised at Dhoni's luck - he is of course very competent, but his better quality is to be always present at the right time at the right place!

  • SanjeevDatadin on June 7, 2008, 22:28 GMT

    I must concede this development is good for cricket. However, I think it important that the wholly improper restraint of trade visited upon the players of the Indian Cricket League should be addressed with the interests of cricket taking precedence over the outragous wishes of the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI). Further, it ought to include the Stanford league teams. It would be wholly unjust to exclude for this apparent world league the teams of the West Indies; their exclusion could not be to the benefit of cricket. I think its time that cricket as a whole and as a sport take some precedence and the selfish and improper motives of those who seek to control world cricket be exposed for just what it is ... folly. cheers ... Sanjeev J. Datadin.

  • Dwayneb on June 7, 2008, 22:11 GMT

    so why the hell domestic teams from west indies, pakistan and sri lanka are not involved! I'm surprised new zealand isn't involved judging from india's adornment of white people. ugh.... this is gay

  • kantipur on June 7, 2008, 22:01 GMT

    What about winner from domestic 20-20 in westindies. As a westdian supporter I won't be watching the tournament without them.

  • iamasexybeast on June 7, 2008, 21:48 GMT

    What about teams from New Zealand, Pakistan and Sri Lanka een if its only 1 team from these countries.

  • sallubhai on June 7, 2008, 21:10 GMT

    pakistani county team sialkot stallions should be in champions league this is not fair we started twenty twenty cricket and then icl and indian premier league follows us

  • Sam_Barnett on June 7, 2008, 20:28 GMT

    'The other issue that will occur is involving players who are contracted to more than one of the teams involved'

    I thought it said they'd play for their local teams.

  • kingofspain on June 7, 2008, 20:08 GMT

    20/20? Yawn. . . Talk about overkill- how many of these slogathons can they possibly sell to the public?

  • mimi007 on June 7, 2008, 19:56 GMT

    i dont see any ponit of not leting the international player to play for the team of their choice. It kils the element of the fun init and all. it would be more like nation vs nation like normal.

  • loser989 on June 7, 2008, 19:31 GMT

    hmmm,i recall there being somthing like this a few years back whn the faislabad wolves pulled off an upset and became the first international t20 club champions,i find it strange that pakistan doesnt hav any t20 teams in this,considering how well some of the bigger teams play like sialkot,faislabad,etc.It now seems that the BCCI cant escape the ICL:P,with the rogue players playing for there counties in this tournament,another cruel reminder of how the BCCI is officially now the evil empire(a`la star wars),and that they continue to boss everyone around.To be completely frank i thought the IPL innitially was awesome,then died down ALOT in the middle,and had a few good matches in the end,overall i need to take a look at the numbers to see whether its a financial success,cuz its obvious that fanbase wise it is very popular.Still i personally prefer the ICL,which just seemed a more pure form of cricket that hadnt gone money mad.

  • Hassaan.AY on June 7, 2008, 19:16 GMT

    The Indian Premier League may have been hugely successful. But this Champions League concept seems very premature right now. IPL teams will be greatly affected by the rules. For example, consider the finalists Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab. If players are allowed to play for their domestic teams then Kings XI Punjab will miss Shaun Marsh, Brett Lee, James Hopes, Luke Pomersbach etc. The same goes for Rajasthan Royals with Graeme Smith, Dimi Mascarenhas etc missing. So what we'll see would be giants playing for Australian, English and South African teams while a largely inexperienced set of players representing Indians teams. And perhaps this is leading towards too much of Twenty20 cricket. Strange as it may sound -- only a year back players were complaining about burnout. And now they're 'trying to find a window' for such money-spinning events! Ironic!

  • kammakuzzi on June 7, 2008, 19:04 GMT

    it is a good idea 2 bring such a tournament up.it will be a exciting event because of the good sides.however i cannot wait to see who michael hussey ends up playing for hope he`ll play for chennai.

  • ribllh on June 7, 2008, 18:02 GMT

    Why are teams from West Indies, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Pakistan not included. I am afraid we are going to see the big rich four countries contine to get richer and the remaining four who are already struggling financially will become weaker and weaker.

  • orvilled on June 7, 2008, 17:58 GMT

    What about teams from the West Indies, and Pakistan who also have fairly major Twenty20 leagues already in place? What happens to countries like New Zealand who probably aren't big enough to have a large enough Twenty20 league in the first place?

  • Hasan-Shahid on June 7, 2008, 17:54 GMT

    Aren't we having too much T20 tournaments recently? I fully understand that T20 brings more money and it attracts millions of people beacuse it take less time to finish. But at the same time we need to think that too much of anything spoils the fun. We will have a T20 bonanza (ICC World T20) in next English summer, I think one big tournament is enough in one calendar year.

    I believe despite the success of T20 the test cricket will survive in major test playing nations, although concern still remains over the 50 over format of the game. ICC needs to do something new or be strict to the rule that a nation can play a limited number of T20 matches every year.

  • HenryTilbury on June 7, 2008, 17:53 GMT

    I disagree with the inclusion of the IPL- the IPL teams are far too similar to football teams in that very few of the players are actually from India,they are just the world's best, so it is unfair on the teams from the other 3 countries who will have only a few international players. If Chennai and Rajistan are representing India then at least let them contain a majority of Indian players. That's fair.

  • vikki2008 on June 7, 2008, 17:21 GMT

    it's brilliant for club cricket. It gives it much more juice.The other issue that will occur is involving players who are contracted to more than one of the teams involved

  • mohamed1984 on June 7, 2008, 17:19 GMT

    ya its definitely going to rock... but then there will be issues regarding players playing to the teams ... cheers for all teams....

  • anishresta on June 7, 2008, 17:09 GMT

    great....desperately waiting for this tournament. This tournament will be bigger than international T20 world cup..only problem will be the duration of the whole series.

  • debugger on June 7, 2008, 17:01 GMT

    good concept. but it could be overkill in india with it just after the ipl. don't think many people will come to watch the matches with the monsoons in india and nearly 50 degress in the middle east. it would be best to not be held in india or the middle east.

    probably it should be held in south africa or england becuase of the playing conditions.

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  • debugger on June 7, 2008, 17:01 GMT

    good concept. but it could be overkill in india with it just after the ipl. don't think many people will come to watch the matches with the monsoons in india and nearly 50 degress in the middle east. it would be best to not be held in india or the middle east.

    probably it should be held in south africa or england becuase of the playing conditions.

  • anishresta on June 7, 2008, 17:09 GMT

    great....desperately waiting for this tournament. This tournament will be bigger than international T20 world cup..only problem will be the duration of the whole series.

  • mohamed1984 on June 7, 2008, 17:19 GMT

    ya its definitely going to rock... but then there will be issues regarding players playing to the teams ... cheers for all teams....

  • vikki2008 on June 7, 2008, 17:21 GMT

    it's brilliant for club cricket. It gives it much more juice.The other issue that will occur is involving players who are contracted to more than one of the teams involved

  • HenryTilbury on June 7, 2008, 17:53 GMT

    I disagree with the inclusion of the IPL- the IPL teams are far too similar to football teams in that very few of the players are actually from India,they are just the world's best, so it is unfair on the teams from the other 3 countries who will have only a few international players. If Chennai and Rajistan are representing India then at least let them contain a majority of Indian players. That's fair.

  • Hasan-Shahid on June 7, 2008, 17:54 GMT

    Aren't we having too much T20 tournaments recently? I fully understand that T20 brings more money and it attracts millions of people beacuse it take less time to finish. But at the same time we need to think that too much of anything spoils the fun. We will have a T20 bonanza (ICC World T20) in next English summer, I think one big tournament is enough in one calendar year.

    I believe despite the success of T20 the test cricket will survive in major test playing nations, although concern still remains over the 50 over format of the game. ICC needs to do something new or be strict to the rule that a nation can play a limited number of T20 matches every year.

  • orvilled on June 7, 2008, 17:58 GMT

    What about teams from the West Indies, and Pakistan who also have fairly major Twenty20 leagues already in place? What happens to countries like New Zealand who probably aren't big enough to have a large enough Twenty20 league in the first place?

  • ribllh on June 7, 2008, 18:02 GMT

    Why are teams from West Indies, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Pakistan not included. I am afraid we are going to see the big rich four countries contine to get richer and the remaining four who are already struggling financially will become weaker and weaker.

  • kammakuzzi on June 7, 2008, 19:04 GMT

    it is a good idea 2 bring such a tournament up.it will be a exciting event because of the good sides.however i cannot wait to see who michael hussey ends up playing for hope he`ll play for chennai.

  • Hassaan.AY on June 7, 2008, 19:16 GMT

    The Indian Premier League may have been hugely successful. But this Champions League concept seems very premature right now. IPL teams will be greatly affected by the rules. For example, consider the finalists Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab. If players are allowed to play for their domestic teams then Kings XI Punjab will miss Shaun Marsh, Brett Lee, James Hopes, Luke Pomersbach etc. The same goes for Rajasthan Royals with Graeme Smith, Dimi Mascarenhas etc missing. So what we'll see would be giants playing for Australian, English and South African teams while a largely inexperienced set of players representing Indians teams. And perhaps this is leading towards too much of Twenty20 cricket. Strange as it may sound -- only a year back players were complaining about burnout. And now they're 'trying to find a window' for such money-spinning events! Ironic!