Dec 1, 2008

Champions league Cricket after mumbai terror attacks

After the attacks Champions League cricket has been called off and this meant more than the just loss of a big cheque for franchise cricketers, for whom luxuries are not a part of everyday life. For most of these cricketers Champions League twenty20 would have been the biggest stage they would have played.

The experience and the new skills that they would have gained playing champions league is also at stake. According to Tony Irish, chief executive of the South African Cricketers’ Association (Saca), the expected profits from the Champions League — of which Cricket SA (CSA) is a 20% partner — will mean an annual boost to the player payments pool of about R50000 a player. This will come from a 17% share of the profits made by CSA in terms of the agreement between the players’ association and the controlling body.

First, though, the tournament has to take place. Lalit Modi, chairman of the Champions League twent20, was confident it could be played in India early next year. But the reality is that there are no obvious gaps in the international cricket calendar. All the boards involved have teams on tour.

This would mean most of the players who play for their national side wouldn't be available if Champions league was scheduled next year.

The most obvious time would be between the end of Australia’s tour of South Africa on April 17 and the start of the World Twenty20 in England on June 5, but this would mean shifting the second edition of the Indian Premier League.

There is another complication. The Titans and Dolphins qualified by reaching the final of the Standard Bank Pro20 last season. But, by the time they take their places in the Champions League, this season’s local tournament — scheduled for January and February — will already have been played.

Irish said the postponement might have a cricketing benefit. “The business of cricket is over- heating,” he said. “The Twenty20 revolution has brought a lot of money into the game but it has meant the schedules are squashed more than ever. Perhaps this crisis will cause a reassessment.”

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