Champions League 2008 October 19, 2008

Brabourne to host Mumbai's Champions League games

Cricinfo staff

Mumbai's Brabourne Stadium will host the city's Champions League matches and the final, Lalit Modi, the IPL chairman, confirmed to Cricinfo. Wankhede Stadium, the other international venue in Mumbai, hosted some IPL games in May but has since been closed for renovation for the 2011 World Cup.

Brabourne will also host its first Test in 35 years when England play India in December, nine days after the Champions League final. But Milind Rege, the secretary of the Cricket Club of India which owns the Brabourne Stadium, said the Test wouldn't be played on the same pitch as the Twenty20 matches.

"We have four to six pitches and can conduct the League on them," Rege told the Hindustan Times. "Daljit Singh [chairman, of BCCI's pitches committee] will visit us soon and give directions on the pitch preparation. We will also finalise the pitches which can be used for the Champions League."

Brabourne did not host any IPL games after the league and Reliance Industries, owners of the Mumbai franchise, didn't accept the conditions imposed by the Cricket Club of India, which owns the stadium.