Champions League T20 2011 May 25, 2011

IPL considering CLT20 qualifying stage

ESPNcricinfo staff

The IPL governing council is considering holding an additional qualifying stage for the 2011 Champions League T20 a few days before the main event, which would give a fourth IPL team a chance to play in it.

"Fourth team may have the opportunity to play CLT20," Sundar Raman, the IPL chief executive, tweeted on May 22. "But they need to play a qualifier tournament a few days before CLT20 with 3 other teams."

According to Raman's twitter feed, the tournament proper is scheduled to be held from September 23 to October 9 in India. The qualifying event - if it gets the green light - will have to be shoe-horned into the tightly packed international schedule, in the week following India's tour of England, that ends on September 16.

When contacted by ESPNcricinfo, Raman did not confirm or deny there were plans for a qualifying tournament, saying in an email, "We will inform the media on the developments around CLT20 soon", but a member of the Champions League governing council told ESPNcricinfo that the tournament would be formally confirmed at the end of the governing council meeting in Chennai on Sunday.

Meanwhile the Times of India reported on Tuesday that the three other teams in the potential qualifier would be the domestic T20 champions from New Zealand, Sri Lanka and West Indies, with the top two teams qualifying for the Champions League proper after a six-match tournament.

If the qualifier were to take place, that would turn the Champions League into a 10-team tournament from a 12-team one. Three teams from India, two each from Australia and South Africa and one from England would have guaranteed spots in the event. The competition for the remaining two spots would leave at least one of New Zealand, Sri Lanka and West Indies without representation, with two countries standing to lose out if the fourth IPL team qualifies.

According to the Times of India, one of the reasons for the qualifier is to make sure the strongest teams make it to the main event. Given the $1 billion ESPN Star spent on the television rights for the event, there is a concern about television ratings, which have been subdued compared to the IPL. So far most of the viewer interest has centered on the IPL teams, which is another incentive for more IPL participation.

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  • Dummy4 on May 28, 2011, 20:20 GMT

    see 4 is too much we shall have 3 indian 3 sa 3 aus 1 wi 2 sri(they will improve with SPL)1 nz 1 bang 1 zim and 3 eng 2 pak if any clubs in associates

  • goody on May 28, 2011, 19:03 GMT

    haha this is a joke right...why its called champions league when the world champions of t20 England, Pakistan dont play and runners up..of IPL are in it..????

  • Dummy4 on May 28, 2011, 6:46 GMT

    come on bcci.....wats goin on , it must be clt20, don make tat too also as iplt20..... give evry country a chance to showcase their talents.... don be money minded....pls cricinfo, take all these comments somehow to bcci.... and show dem wat ppl hav for clt20

  • Dummy4 on May 28, 2011, 5:20 GMT


  • Dummy4 on May 27, 2011, 20:36 GMT

    great..2 ipls in a year!..whats next?...champions cup? the European cup?...where the rest of the 6 ipl teams will participate?

  • Dummy4 on May 27, 2011, 18:26 GMT

    Champions League has to maintain a certain sanctity or winning the champions league will not earn the same reputation for a team as that of its football counterpart... The rules are being bent and twist to ensure the maximization of IPL teams just to score more ratings..

  • Dummy4 on May 27, 2011, 16:26 GMT

    BCCI rokin decision , if it proceeds

  • Dummy4 on May 27, 2011, 15:46 GMT

    What can IPL teams without oversears???

  • Dummy4 on May 27, 2011, 15:33 GMT

    What BCCI wants?? Why they r too much greedy?? There is no team from Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. And they are calling it CLT!!! Look at d UEFA Champions Legeuge,they take team from every country how ever they play. Their aim is to spead football. But BCCI wants to earn more money through this IPL teams

  • aaditya on May 27, 2011, 14:54 GMT

    then couple of yrs later they will add another 6 teams into ipl thus making 16,and hav a qualification round for the top 8,then hav the regular ipl format that they had for 3 yrs!!wow!!thus in a span of 4 months they will generate 40billion$ revenue by having 502 t20 games,5.5 lac balls bolwed,12.4 lac runs scored by 34534 players,16 thousand 6s,2000 cheer-girls,500 commentators telling u this is the best thing on the planet,4500 injured players,4355 rebel players,15-20 sid mallya's girl friends,3244 umpires,12992 retired playrs,5345 retired plyrs coming back from the dead,players salaries more than 100 million$ TEST CRICKET!!plus a few disgusted fans like me!!

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