Three top boards are in talk to bring back Champions League T20

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Publish Date: 20:04 Tuesday, April 2, 2024

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After a decade since the Champions League T20, the cricket boards of Australia, England, and India are engaging in "active discussions" to resurrect CLT20 tournament.

These conversations stem from remarks made by Cricket Victoria CEO Nick Cummins, who highlighted the significant hurdle of carving out a suitable window in the densely packed cricket calendar for the tournament.

"I think the 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's active conversations between Cricket Australia, the ECB, and the BCCI about the Champions League,” Cummins said on the sidelines of an event in Mumbai on Tuesday.

"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 that the first iteration of the Champions League will be of the women… [it may involve cricketers playing in] the WPL, the Hundred and the WBBL," he added.

Cummins revealed ongoing discussions with Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley regarding the revival of the CLT20. He also hinted at the potential involvement of BCCI secretary Jay Shah, suggesting that Shah might provide further insights into the matter.

"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. 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,” Cummins added.

The tournament was played annually from 2009 to 2014, four times in India and twice in South Africa.

The tournament was won twice each by Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians, and once each by New South Wales and Sydney Sixers.