The Champions League Twenty20 has always had its detractors. The absence of, well, domestic champions from countries such as England and Pakistan in the past has raised concerns but this year the voices seem to have grown louder.
Being played so soon after the ICC World Twenty20, many feel tired of T20 cricket and saw the tournament as overkill, writes John Pennington.
England's Sydney Sixers batsman Michael Lumb has been named as the Cricket World Player Of The Week after his batting helped his side win the Champions League Twenty20 in emphatic style.
Lumb top scored in both the semi-final win over Nashua Titans and the final against Highveld Lions to walk off with the golden bat award for leading run-scorer and was also named as man of the match in the final.
Nashua Titans all-rounder David Wiese chose the opportune moment to hit the quickest half-century of the tournament to date but it was not enough as the Sydney Sixers won a last-ball thriller to reach the final of the Champions League Twenty20.
Wiese needed just 25 balls to reach the landmark, driving Titans to a score of 163 for five but they were beaten as James Pattinson and Mitchell Starc scrambled through for a bye from the final ball.
A cricket video for Cricket World TV about the latest cricket news as we look back on the final games in Group A of the Champions League Twenty20 2012.
Perth Scorchers' 16-run win over Auckland Aces guaranteed the progress of Delhi Daredevils and Nashua Titans into the semi-finals and Delhi winning the group was confirmed when their game against Nashua Titans was abandoned without a ball being bowled in the evening.