The Governing Council of the Champions League Twenty20 has decided to hold the inaugural edition of the Champions League Twenty20 in India in October 2009. The event scheduled for 2008 has been cancelled.
The Governing Council, comprising the founder Board members – Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Cricket Australia and Cricket South Africa – took the decision after considering all aspects, including the international calendar and the domestic schedules of the participating teams.
Six teams – two from each of the founding Board members – are confirmed as participants. Other participating teams would be finalised by the end of January 2009. Invitations would be extended to the winners/finalists of the respective countries’ domestic Twenty20 tournaments of the participating countries.
The first edition of the Champions League Twenty20 was originally scheduled to be played in Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai from December 3-10, 2008, but was postponed in view of the 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai.
Lalit Modi, Chairman, Champions League Twenty20, and Vice-President, BCCI, said, “The inaugural edition of the Champions League Twenty20 will now be held in India in October 2009. The Governing Council, comprising the founder Board members took this collective decision after taking into account all aspects.”
Champions League Twenty20 is a platform where the best of the world come and play. The Championship carries combined prize money of $6 million. ESPN-STAR Sports has acquired all commercial rights for Champions League Twenty20 for $975 million for a period of 10 years.