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Star cheers as Champions League T20 is scrapped

MUMBAI: This news will be music to
the ears of Star India CEO Uday
Shankar. The Champions League
Twenty20, a loss-making property for
the official broadcaster Star India,
has been scrapped.
The tournament, running since 2009,
has been cancelled due to “limited
public following”. The governing
council (GC) of the Champions League
today confirmed that the competition
has been discontinued with immediate
The GC, comprising representatives of
the Board of Control for Cricket in
India (BCCI), Cricket South Africa
(CSA) and Cricket Australia (CA), took
the decision unanimously. This means
2015 CLT20, scheduled for September
and October, will not go ahead as
The competition was launched in 2009
by the BCCI in association with CA and
The news will bring relief to
Champions League T20 commercial
rights owner Star India, which was in
favour of scrapping the tournament as
it was not garnering enough
The broadcaster has reportedly
compensated the three boards for
scrapping the tournament.
ESPN Star Sports (now Star India) had
acquired Champions League T20 rights
for $975 million in 2008. It was the
third most costly acquisition after
the Indian Premier League (IPL) and
International Cricket Council (ICC)
rights at that time. Six editions of
the event have been played.
There were reports in the media
earlier that the Champions League
T20 would be replaced with a mini-
IPL, which would be held in the only
available slot in September. However,
with the suspension of Chennai Super
Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals,
that looks unlikely at this stage.
BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur said,
“This has been a difficult decision as
the Champions League T20 provided
added context to a number of domestic
Twenty 20 competitions around the
world such as the IPL in India, Big
Bash League in Australia and South
Africa’s Ram Slam T20.
“It was a fantastic platform for
players from around the world to
showcase their talent and the
participating teams thoroughly
enjoyed the experience over the last
six seasons. Unfortunately, off the
field, Champions League T20 wasn’t
sustaining the interest of the fans as
we had hoped.”
Thakur said that the decision was
made after consulting its commercial
partner Star India. “This decision was
made after consultation with all our
commercial partners and meeting the
contractual obligations of all parties
involved. The governing council would
like to thank everyone involved with
the CLT20 and all those who
participated in the tournament,” he
He also stated that further details
associated with the winding down of
the league, including settling with
the three nations that had invested
time and effort in the competition,
would be completed very soon.
Designed on the lines of the
Champions League football
competition, Champions League T20
was created to provide an
international platform for club
cricket. The inaugural edition of
CLT20 was held in 2009 in India.

Star cheers as Champions League T20 is scrapped

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