Champions League Twenty20 2010 April 27, 2010

No English counties in Champions League Twenty20

Cricinfo staff

English county teams will not play in the Champions League Twenty20 this year because the tournament dates - September 10 to 26 - clashes with the end of England's domestic season.

The ECB conveyed its decision in a memo circulated to the counties, saying it was "with great regret" that the Friends Provident T20 finalists would be unable to participate in the lucrative tournament in South Africa, according to a report in the Daily Telegraph.

The participation of teams from England had been put in doubt after it emerged that the schedule, announced in February, would clash with crucial fixtures at the end of the English season, which runs until September 16. England will be playing Pakistan in an ODI series at the time, the final two rounds of the County Championship will be on, as well as the semi-finals and final of the ECB40 competition.

The ECB had already tweaked its domestic calendar to accommodate the Champions League, which was originally scheduled for October, but the tournament was brought forward to accommodate India's home series against Australia. The board said that counties would be able to participate in the next two Champions Leagues which will not clash with the domestic season.

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  • lucy on May 24, 2010, 14:18 GMT

    Wonder if such clashes with CLT20 timing will still happen now that the Modfather (aka cricket's version of Jack Warner) is gone?

  • Dummy4 on May 24, 2010, 9:44 GMT

    Well it's almost as if certain country's/people have an issue with England, I mean what a surprise the CL was scheduled to start when the English season is still playing!

  • sabeeh on May 23, 2010, 8:16 GMT

    Great decision by ECB. Tournaments like these are giving cricket a bad name. The IPL controversy has already damaged the reputation of the great game.

  • fahad.from on May 22, 2010, 18:13 GMT

    great decision ECB i can say only one thing save cricket from ugly businessmen

  • J on May 22, 2010, 15:24 GMT

    CricketingStargazer wrote: "Navster, I presume that this is the reasoning behind the IPL sides having first pick on foreign stars? It is a philosophy that reeks of hypochrisy."

    As opposed to the England National Team turning it's back on it's born and bred players and hiring merceneries to win the games!

    The repentance of a hypocrite is itself hypocrisy!

    And your reference to invites to other sub-continent teams, SL clubs are there, Bangladesh don't warrant an invite, and inviting Pakistani sides in the current climate next to impossible with their citizens willingly ready to murder Indian civilians!! And ECB still hold sour grapes at not getting a bigger share of the TV revenue which they cannot surely justify....people in England don't give a two hoots about T20....hypocrisy...surely the ECB are the biggest hypocrites!, Stantford anyone??!!

  • Mark on May 22, 2010, 12:12 GMT

    Navster, I presume that this is the reasoning behind the IPL sides having first pick on foreign stars? It is a philosophy that reeks of hypochrisy. Even with as many imports as they wanted, no IPL side reached the final and, as has been pointed out, the lack of invitations to other sub-continent sides suggests that the rules are being carefully adjusted to work in someone's favour.

  • J on May 22, 2010, 11:25 GMT

    Funny, suddenly the ECB have got balls...delayed their decision after the WC T20. No-one is going to miss the counties, and the WC T20 was won by imports brought up in SA, hence besides the Pakistani teams, all the top domestic sides will be there, the county has always been mediocre at producing quality One Day players!

  • Mark on May 22, 2010, 10:30 GMT

    zoe23h makes a good point: even with the rules rigged in their favour, the IPL sides did not cover themselves in glory last year, yet the same fans who feel that it is their right to first choice of the best foreign players moan at England selection policies!! Let the players have the first right to play for the side in their country of birth and then, only if not wanted, play for someone else. That would even up the Champions Trophy a lot and, in the long run, be good for Indian cricket.

  • Nami on May 22, 2010, 10:29 GMT

    Good decession England... You shouldn't scrap your schedule in sake of money.. Countries should only participate in leagues like IPL and CL if they don't have international schedule.. Not by scrapping international cricket in sake of it. I was really sad whwn Sri Lanka scrapped their international schedule of England Tour in sake of IPL.

  • Girik on May 22, 2010, 10:27 GMT

    @zoh23h the IPL teams are not the only teams that had foreigners last time. The New Zealand Otago side has Ravi Bopara and the English counties had their overseas visitors. This time the Australian Big Bash sides will have foreigners.

    In fact the CL rules state that any team can have a maximum of 4 foreigners in their franchise/state/province/country team.

    And last time the IPL weren't the worst. Sri Lanka's Wayamba and NZ's Otago were the worst two teams. The IPL teams are at a disadvantage since they do not have as much time to gel. Using Ranji teams could solve that problem.

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