BCCI has announced that Champions League Twenty20 cricket series has been canceled permanently. This decision was followed by the announcement of ban for Chennai and Rajasthan teams to play in IPL matches for two years.
After the great response to IPL matches started in 2008, the BCCI, the South African Cricket Board, and the Australian Cricket Board together started the Champions league matches in 2009. Best cricket teams from countries like India, Australia, South Africa will be playing in the Champions League T20 series.
Indian, Australian and South African cricket boards alongside will run the competition (with the exception of the Group round) for a total of 12 teams competing.
In the press release issued this regard, “Champions League managing Council has decided to suspend Champions League Twenty20 series immediately and permanently.
The council of the Indian Cricket Control Board, the South African Cricket Board and the Australian Cricket Board are taken this decision unanimously. This decision was taken due to lack of fans response to this series.
The BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur says, “It’s a difficult decision. Champions League has given meaning to T20 matches that will be played in the countries like India, South Africa and Australia. It was the best platform for cricket players to express their talent. All the teams that took part in this series were happy to play. But unfortunately did not get great response from fans to Champions League Twenty20 matches. This decision was taken only after a consultation with the sponsors and all the parties involving to this series.
Thanks to everyone who supported this series. Along with three national cricket board those put their time, effort and investment will decide what to do further about this series” said Anurag Thakur.
So it was reported that this year’s Champions League will not take place.