Is the Champions League T20 coming back? India, Australia and England begin talks

Apr 4, 2024

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Champions League T20, a club-based international 20-20 tournament, can come back soon. The last edition of this tournament was held in India, and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) emerged as champions after defeating Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the final.

The last edition of CLT20, held in 2014, involved three teams from India, two teams from Australia and South Africa, and one team from Pakistan, the West Indies and New Zealand. Now, the extravaganza white-ball tournament might bring back the ‘good old days’ by returning to the cricketing world.

The Champions of CLT20 so far

Between 2009 and 2014, six editions of CLT20 were played, in which CSK and Mumbai Indians (MI) won two titles, while Australia’s New South Wales and Sydney Sixers won one each time. India hosted four out of the six CLT20 editions and South Africa hosted the other two.

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Challenges in organizing the Champions League

Things are different in today’s scenario as compared to the era of the 2010s. Today, finding an open window for organizing such a big tournament is very tough as the cricketing calendar remains jam-packed throughout the year. Nick Cummins, CEO of Cricket Victoria, addressed the same fact.

“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.”, Nick was quoted as saying by the Hindustan Times.

Nick offers his insights on CLT20 for women

He also stated that there might be a chance in which a CLT20 tournament is organized for women, including the clubs of WPL, WBBL and the Hundred. He further said that he is in contact with Cricket Australia regarding it and will also ask BCCI about it.

“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). But certainly, from an Australia 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,” he added.

Nick shares his views on the better domestic league

He also said that it has been difficult to determine which league is better: the IPL, the PSL, or the BBL.

“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 Karachi Kings or the Mumbai Indians,” the 50-year-old stated.

Victoria Cricket CEO also expressed his desire of seeing Indian clubs playing on Australian soil. Talking about it he concluded by saying, “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.”

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