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BCCI, ECB and CA in talks to revive Champions League T20 after 10 years - Reports

Published at :April 2, 2024 at 8:16 PM
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The last edition of Champions League T20 (CLT20) was played in 2014.

The Champions League T20 (CLT20) is likely to be back as the Big Three – the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Cricket Australia (CA), and England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) are in talks with each other to reintroduce the league, which was last played 10 years ago. The development was confirmed by Cricket Victoria CEO Nick Cummins on April 2.

The showpiece event saw some of the top franchises from all the big T20 leagues around the world. The CLT20 was played from 2009-10 to 2014-15, with four of these being hosted in India and two in South Africa.

The IPL teams Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians won the championship twice. While BBL teams New South Wales and Sydney Sixers also emerged as winners in the CLT20.

It’s just trying to find a window: Cricket Victoria CEO Nick Cummins on Champions League T20

Nick Cummins opened up that their are talks going on with the BCCI, CA and ECB their is the possibility of the league being played again. He further added stressed that it’s just trying to find a right window for the tournament.

“I think the (earlier edition of) Champions League was ahead of its time. The T20 landscape wasn’t mature enough at that point. I think it is now. I know that there are active conversations between Cricket Australia (CA), ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) and the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) about (reviving) the Champions League,” CEO Nick Cummins said.

“It’s just trying to find a window as to when you actually play that, because you’ve also got all the ICC tournaments as well. It may be (the case) that the first iteration of the Champions League will be of the women… (it may involve cricketers playing in the) the WL, the Hundred and the WBBL,” He added.

Cricket Australia open for the Champions League: Nick Cummins

The Cricket Victoria CEO Nick Cummins further revealed that the CA is open for the CLT20, but they are working hard with the Indian Cricketing Board on finding a proper window.

“I’m constantly talking to Nick Hockley, Cricket Australia CEO, for a Champions League, because I think it’s pretty important to bring that back. There are talks about it. It’s probably a question to ask Jay Shah (BCCI secretary),” Cummins revealed.

But certainly, from an Australian cricket perspective, we are very open to the idea of the Champions League. It’s just about finding a window in the FTP, but I think that’s the next step in the evolution of cricket,” Nick added.

CLT20 will prove which league is the best in the world: Cummins

The Cricket Victoria CEO added that CLT20 is the best way to find which league is the best in the world currently. Cummins also expressed that his great aspiration is to have the Indian players play in the Big Bash League.

“We still haven’t made out which league is the best. IPL, PSL or the Big Bash? The only way we can show that is by having the Melbourne Stars play the Karachi Kings or the Mumbai Indians. Our great aspiration is to have the Indian players play in the Big Bash,” Nick added.

“(The) Champions League is well overdue. Look at what the Champions League does for football, the World Cup is fantastic and the Champions League is there (too) every time. The idea of the Mumbai Indians playing the Melbourne Stars at the MCG would be just as exciting as India playing Australia at the MCG,” he concluded.

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