Champions League T20 July 15, 2015

Champions League T20 discontinued

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After six editions that generated lukewarm interest from fans, the Champions League T20 has been discontinued. The tournament's governing council, comprising representatives of the BCCI, CSA and CA, made the decision unanimously on Wednesday. According to a BCCI release, the governing council determined that the discontinuation was "the most appropriate decision due to the tournament's limited public following".

The 2015 edition, scheduled for September and October, will not go ahead.

"This has been a difficult decision as the Champions League T20 provided added context to a number of domestic Twenty 20 competitions around the world such as the IPL in India, Big Bash League in Australia and South Africa's Ram Slam T20," said Anurag Thakur, the BCCI secretary. "It was a fantastic platform for players from around the world to showcase their talent and the participating teams thoroughly enjoyed the experience over the last six seasons.

"Unfortunately, off the field, Champions League T20 wasn't sustaining the interest of the fans as we had hoped. This decision was made, after consultation with all our commercial partners and meeting the contractual obligations of all parties involved. The Governing Council would like to thank everyone involved with the CLT20 and all those who participated in the tournament.

"Further details associated with winding down the league including settling with the three nations that had invested time and effort in the competition, will be completed very soon."

The BCCI, CA and CSA met this May to mull over the CLT20's future, and it soon emerged that the stakeholders were likely to shelve the tournament. Plans were afoot to find an alternative to fill the tournament window, with a mini-IPL one of the mooted options. That option has also been ruled out for now, with the IPL rocked by the suspension of two of its franchise owners.

The CLT20 has been dogged by a variety of issues since its inception in 2008. The first edition, scheduled to be held in India in 2008, was cancelled following terrorist attacks in Mumbai.

The governing council and the ECB were often at loggerheads over scheduling - with the tournament clashing with the English domestic season - until the ICC granted the CLT20 an official window in 2011.

The tournament was seen as representing different leagues unequally, with the champions of domestic T20 leagues in Sri Lanka, New Zealand or Pakistan forced to go through a qualifying round while even the second-best sides in India, Australia and South Africa gained automatic entry into the main tournament. The India-centric nature of the event was often exaggerated by players choosing to represent their IPL franchises ahead of their domestic T20 teams.

The CLT20 suffered a lack of commercial success as well, with low spectator interest and a subsequent drop-off of sponsor interest. This was best illustrated by the fate of its first two title sponsors: Bharti Airtel, who signed a five-year deal, pulled out in two years; Nokia left one year into a four-year deal.

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  • YHG4335 on July 16, 2015, 18:05 GMT

    @IndianBarcaFan The European Champions League is much bigger than the CLT20, which means it can afford to do that because four clubs from the main nations is still a small percentage of the overall number. The CLT20 is too small and the IPL teams make up a massive chunk, and they are the most likely to win as well. It's supposed to be a global thing, but only SA and India have hosted it. It's purpose was to generate interest across the main cricket playing nations, and it failed miserably in that. It was doomed to die because they didn't plan it out properly.

  • dummy4fb on July 16, 2015, 8:11 GMT

    Good riddance because they did not include Pakistani teams for a long time. I hope IPL falls on its face as well !

  • Anonymus666 on July 16, 2015, 6:09 GMT

    Discontinue IPL as well.......these t20 tournaments are deeply affecting the ICC Calendar and the players. These tournaments are all about generating cash and no passion for cricket. Instead arrange 3 nations or 4 nations or 5 nations international ODI or T20 series. Find your own talents through your own FC and local tournaments.

  • danishsyed88 on July 15, 2015, 22:31 GMT

    This is sad. I just think the runners of the game have no imagination and no motivation other than money. As so many people here pointed out, there are ways to make it interesting. But I for one already preferred this tournament any time over IPL

  • CricketChat on July 15, 2015, 18:01 GMT

    I liked CLT20 concept to see how top T20 teams from different nations stacked up against each other. That it is dominated by Indian teams as pointed out here was its biggest drawback to attract attention of fan base from other playing nations and was proved by its declining popularity from it's initial years. No surprise it died its expected death.

  • IndianBarcafan on July 15, 2015, 17:56 GMT

    To all those saying there were too many IPL teams in CLT20 let me inform you since BCCI was the main protagonist behind CLT20 plus all the sponsors and TV channel showing it were India driven , most of the targeted TV viewership was those of Indian fans so it was obvious to have as many IPL teams as possible to retain there interest, why would Indian fans want to watch teams from other country play ?? football version of Champions league has countries like Spain ,Germany and England are allowed 4 clubs each, some are allowed 3 clubs,some 2 clubs,while some are only allowed only one team and there are few who are not allowed even a single team.

  • dummy4fb on July 15, 2015, 15:45 GMT

    @tanstell87, yes, I agree with you, the BBL should revert back to being the Australian state teams, none of this city based franchise nonsense. It's worth noting that the first CLT20 winners were an Australian state team, it should have been a message to CA that they had a good system, why they changed it is beyond me.

    @2nd slip, it was all about India, no-one cared about any other country, that is the problem. Hopefully CSA finds another SUSTAINABLE revenue stream.

  • dummy4fb on July 15, 2015, 15:41 GMT

    There is a reason why the CLT20 failed, while a tournament such as the UEFA suceeds, it is the popularity of the sport in question.

    Football (Soccer) is known as "The people's game" it is a sport that has worked tirelessly to spread itself all over the globe, whereas cricket has failed, even deliberately curtailed itself to a few countries, (The origional ICC, "Imperial Cricket Council). Even in a good few associate/affiliate countries, the cricket playing expat community(ies) believe that cricket is theirs and theirs alone. So does it really surprise anyone that a tournament like the CLT20 wasn't that popular comparitively on a global scale?

    Second was the format. If you want to do a similar tournament PROPERLY, look no further than the comments here, have the SAME amount of entrant teams from EVERY test nation (Top two ideally, and NO exceptions) rotate the host country evenly, and adopt a format that is neutral to all sides. Maybe even allow the top two associate T20 teams.

  • Peter_The_Average on July 15, 2015, 14:53 GMT

    Nobody cares. No one watched it outside of India so it's no great loss.

  • 2nd_Slip on July 15, 2015, 14:07 GMT

    It was basically a mini IPL in the first place so blahhh, who cares. The only thing that worries me is that CSA made money from this tournament and where will we get that revenue from?

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