Oct 19, 2008

Champions League Cricket T20 - 2009 postponed by Two Weeks

As the International Cricket Council (ICC) rescheduled the Champions Trophy following the Bomb blast in Marriot hotel in Pakistan and the Australian team refusing to play in Pakistan citing security concerns, the second edition of the Champions League Cricket Twenty20 next year has been postponed by two weeks.

The second edition of the Champions League Twenty20 was earlier scheduled to be held from September 25 to October 10 next year but it will now be held from October 10 to 23 after the ICC rescheduled the Champions Trophy from September 24 to October 5, 2009.

"This (rescheduling of Champions League Twenty20) was a goodwill response to a request from the International Cricket Council (ICC) to consider new playing dates for 2009," a joint statement of the Board of Control for Cricket in India(BCCI), Cricket Australia and Cricket South Africa said today.

The good news is Twelve teams will take part in the competition.

The inaugural Champions League Twenty20 will be held in India from December 3 to 10 this year. Eight teams -- winners and runners-up from the domestic Twenty20 competitions in India, Australia and South Africa, plus the Twenty20 champion Sialkot from Pakistan, and Twenty20 champion from England, Middlesex, will contest the 2008 Champions Twenty20 League.

The tournament has a USD 6 million prize fund, out of which the winning team will get USD 3 million.

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