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Why the Champions League should only have IPL teams

These six indisputable reasons will make the world of cricket a better place

R Rajkumar

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Shahrukh Khan celebrates with the Kolkata Knight Riders team, Kolkata Knight Riders v Chennai Super Kings, IPL 2012, final, Chennai, May 27, 2012
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Series/Tournaments: Champions League Twenty20
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It has been cause for much melancholy and frustration among those of us who still care deeply about the game that we have to helplessly and repeatedly bear witness to the wanton besmirching of the BCCI and its good works. I refer, of course, to the IPL. Any excuse will do these days to find fault with this noble modern-day institution, often made in the full knowledge that without it the game would be a rather pale and sickly shadow of its healthily avaricious modern-day avatar.

The latest to have caught the jealous attention of cynics, naysayers, and other people paid by Tony Greig is the number of IPL teams featured in the upcoming edition of the Champions League. Granted, having teams from just one league alone make up almost half of those vying for the Champions League is a tad controversial. Which is why I propose the following solution, a proposition so elegant and obviously simple as to be almost silly to have it stated so bluntly: Why stop at four? Why shouldn't all the teams featuring in the Champions League be from the IPL? We only have to look towards America, that bastion of all things progressive and forward-thinking, to remind ourselves that it is even possible to have a World Series made up of teams from just one country.

I invite you to consider the following arguments in favour of this plan and see for yourselves the beauty of its logic, and how, ultimately, we all stand to gain from an all-IPL Champions League:

* By limiting the Champions League to only IPL teams, people will no longer have any reason to complain that their own country's T20 league is severely under-represented.

* It'll also mean that the BCCI will be able to eliminate only IPL teams from future editions of the tournament, if it so wishes (and it will). It isn't difficult to see that in such a scenario non-IPL teams enjoy a distinct advantage over IPL teams.

* Having only IPL teams in the Champions League keeps the top dog happy. Is it unreasonable to expect, then, that the rest of the cricketing world will in turn derive, through a trickle-down effect, some benefit from the BCCI in turn? (But let's not spoil an elegant treatise by answering that just now.)

* The tournament will eventually be called something other than the Champions League, something more reflective of its make-up, something more marketable. One name to consider is "IPL". Yes, another IPL within the space of a few months. It never pays to underestimate the unlimited capacity of the BCCI to overestimate the Indian cricket fan's capacity to consume live IPL telecasts.

* Once the tournament has been renamed the IPL, the rest of the world is then free to reclaim the Champions League for itself, featuring only non-IPL teams.

* See what I did there?

It can be logically concluded that T20 leagues around the world stand to benefit enormously by these simple, effective and, what will prove to be, eventually popular ideas. Once the process outlined above has been kicked into motion, each step will elegantly but surely fall into place, culminating in the Champions League being reclaimed. The new tournament will see a fairer distribution of teams vying for the prize, having qualified by merit alone. The Duronto Rajshahis of the world will have their stage to shine.

Indeed, the beauty of this humble proposal is that it covers all the bases. Everyone wins in the end. Just don't tell the BCCI that.

R Rajkumar tweets here

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Posted by Kapil on (July 10, 2012, 6:37 GMT)

@SachTLG - completely agree with you except for one minor point - for the CLT20 to be taken seriously EVEN IN INDIA, it needs to have teams from all other countries. Even the Indian fan is not that stupid....I predict this year's CLT20 to be a massive failure because of this stupidity (except in Pakistan who are too happy just to be included)....the only question is will the BCCI recognize its mistake and correct it or just blame it on "T20 overload" as the tournament will take place immediately after the much bigger T20 world cup.

Posted by Ahmad on (July 10, 2012, 1:13 GMT)

People Scared of Trinidad and Tabago. IF bravo, Pollard and Narine Play for TnT. Imaging Beating this Trinidad Team. Barath, Simmon, Daren Bravo, Dywane Bravo, K Pollard, D Ramdin, S Narine, S Badree, R Rampal and K Cooper.

Posted by John on (July 10, 2012, 0:57 GMT)

Mr. Rajkumar, you have come up with the perfect solution. The only addition I would make is that the tournament should only feature Indian players and should, of course, always be played in India. In fact, I'd go further and say that all T20 matches should only feature Indian players and should always be played in India. Then if the BCCI will refuse rights to any broadcaster not from India to show the games, the rest of the world can get on with playing cricket.

Posted by Awais on (July 9, 2012, 23:53 GMT)

There should be an ICC Club World Cup T20 with 10 winning teams from each test playing nation through to group stages. 10 runners up from test playing nations and 2 teams from associate members nations in qualifier. 3 groups in the qualifier. top two teams from each group qualify for group stage. 16 teams in total and 4 of 4 groups. top to teams from each group through to super 8 then the semi final and final. Complicated but simply effective.

Posted by Madurai on (July 9, 2012, 21:04 GMT)

In the "world" series there is a team from Canada too :b

Posted by Namtab on (July 9, 2012, 19:37 GMT)

Agreed. Indians are the only people who really care about T20, anyway. So why not let them have it all.

Posted by harish on (July 9, 2012, 19:29 GMT)

what happened to you? used to write pretty well.

Posted by Dummy4 on (July 9, 2012, 16:14 GMT)

Wow, a World Series joke- welcome to 1983.

Posted by Rayner on (July 9, 2012, 14:55 GMT)

It's kind of like the Americans with the World Series Baseball... that they don't invite any other country to!

Posted by Salman on (July 9, 2012, 12:10 GMT)

What is this thing about "country" when all the teams are made up of players from different countries?

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