Champions League T20 news July 1, 2014

Champions League T20 2014 to be held in India


The sixth edition of the Champions League Twenty 20 will be played in India. The decision has put an end to the United Arab Emirates' hopes of hosting the event after successfully staging the opening leg of the Indian Premier League's 2014 season.

According to BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel, the decision was taken by the CLT20 governing council, which met in Melbourne last week on the sidelines of the ICC annual conference. "The venues and the dates will soon be finalised but it will be played in India," Patel said in Mumbai.

It is understood that the tournament is likely to start on September 7. The venues will be finalised after considering the weather forecast. Last year, some CLT20 fixtures had to be rescheduled due to torrential rain at some venues.

Considering that the monsoon is usually active in much of India during September and the tremendous response the IPL received in the UAE, the BCCI, along with its CLT20 stakeholders Cricket Australia and Cricket South Africa, was seriously considering the UAE as a potential venue.

Sunil Gavaskar, BCCI's interim president for IPL affairs, had supported staging the tournament in the UAE. "It is certainly a possibility because there are two aspects at the back of the BCCI's mind. The first is the weather in India at that stage, because it will be monsoon-ish still and the monsoon will be tapering off and you don't want to have matches washed out," Gavaskar had said last month. "And the fact that you know at that particular time there will be a lot of people wanting to come to Dubai."

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on July 3, 2014, 0:34 GMT

    England was invited, if I remember correctly it was their choice not to send their teams to the CLT20 2013. I don't know if England will do the same again this time around.

  • Dummy4 on July 2, 2014, 17:45 GMT

    This is not CHAMPIONS LEAGUE.. In the 2013 edition of this ridiculous tournament. there were only 5 so-called '' Champions, 3 runner ups, 1 third placed team, and 1 fourth placed team in the main tournament, . while IPL 3rd and 4th team were in main draw. ENGLAND WERE NOT EVEN INVITED!!!!! Of the 12 players named in the preliminary squads of more than one team, 11 CHose IPL team over their HOME team... this isn't CLT20!!! this is another version of IPL. RAIN has ruined many AWESOME Mumbai vs Otago last year...!!! it's format is practically really bad.. what should be a ''real'' CLT20:

    7 winners from Australia, India, South Africa, West Indies, NZ, Pak and the champions from previous CLT20. Qualifier should feature winners from Sri Lanka (no proper t20 tournament), England (not in favour of this tournament), and runner ups from India, SA, AUS and of which only 1 team qualify to the main draw, making it 8 team tournament. guys what do u say???

  • Chandamouli on July 2, 2014, 14:45 GMT

    Why isn't it possible to time the event in that period of the year so that it could be held in Australia???

  • Dummy4 on July 2, 2014, 11:47 GMT

    @calvin you cant hate your players just because they are loosing, cricket is a religion in india !! we love cricket and we like to have fun in the ground so we smile alot, and dont you enjoy a sport ? we are proud that we have ipl !! we want more and more cricket np matter what the result is

  • Anver on July 2, 2014, 9:45 GMT

    Its surely gonna be a mouth watering & challenging CLT20 2014 !!!!! IPL-14 was so successful & fantastically held in UAE..... very unlucky UAE missed the CLT20 !!!!

  • Ramya on July 2, 2014, 4:50 GMT

    @ Owais Kashif - CLT20's stakeholders used to be India, SA & Aus. India holds the majority of shares in CLT20. In the recent tug-of-war between CSA & BCCI, it looked a possibility of Eng being a part of it, I am not too clear wheather tht did come off or not! Which means Ind, Aus & SA can host it.

    In Aus the time scheduled for CLT20 is close to their peak winter and hence its not cricket season for them. SA is alright & so is India. With the latest turn of events btwn CSA & BCCI, there is an increased possibility of this being played in India! UAE was considered for a brief time - I thought tht wud be a nice move as it wud be a neutral ground, but looks like tht has not materialized at least for this year...

  • Peter on July 2, 2014, 3:53 GMT

    @Victor Wilson seriously doubt CA has expressed any interest in holding this tournament any time, let alone that time. It seems to work better where it has been to date& I know that interest apart from the states involved (& even that isnt that high) is pretty low anyway.

  • Dummy4 on July 2, 2014, 3:24 GMT

    If the tournament were to be moved to Australia due to weather concerns, the tournament can't start on the 7th of september due to AFL finals series, they'd have to go for a 30th September Start Date. They haven't fully finalised whether it will be in India, India will be the first preference, but considering what they're saying about the weather, there's a chance they may move elsewhere so they can get a torunament in.

    If they want it in India, they should at least prepare one grassy and bouncy wicket and a wicket like those in england at the suggested venues. CLT20 is a great tournament to bring in changes to the way Indians prepare their pitches and will help their rising stars in getting used to pitches that don't support only spinners.

  • Nuwan on July 2, 2014, 3:12 GMT

    yeah Caribbean would've been more interesting

  • Dummy4 on July 2, 2014, 2:30 GMT

    @owais kashif - The reason is Indian Population and popularity of cricket in india and also the stadium wil be fully packed for all the matches which is a good one for growth and development of CLT20 but it is rare to see stadium fully packed in other countries, that is why they have chose India since Cricket is their religion

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