Friday 12 December 2008 

First Champions League To Be Held In October 2009

The organisers of the Twenty20 Champions League have decided to cancel the 2008 event, meaning that the inaugural tournament will now take place in October 2009.

The tournament was scheduled to take place earlier this month but was postponed in the wake of the Mumbai terror attacks.

"The Governing Council, comprising the founder Board members – Board of Control for Cricket in India, 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," a statement read.

"Six teams – two from each of the founding Board members – are confirmed as participants. Other participating teams will be finalized by the end of January 2009. Invitations will be extended to the winners/finalists of the respective countries’ domestic Twenty20 tournaments of the participating countries."

The $6 million tournament includes teams from Australia, England, India, Pakistan and South Africa.

Lalit Modi, Chairman, Champions League Twenty20 and Vice-President, Board of Control for Cricket in India, 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.”

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