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Champions League T20 fate to be decided jointly by BCCI, CA and CSA
MUMBAI: The Champions League T20,
which official broadcaster Star India
wants to let go because of its loss-
making nature, is still not killed.
The Board of Control for Cricket in
India (BCCI) will take a decision on
the Champions League T20 only after
consultation with Cricket Australia
and Cricket South Africa (CSA), Indian
Premier League (IPL) chairman
Rajeev Shukla said after a governing
council meeting.
There was buzz in the media that CL
T20 was being scrapped in favour of a
mini-IPL. However, Shukla cleared
the air by saying that no such decision
has been taken yet.
“No discussion on CLT20 scrapping.
Any decision on CLT20 can only be
taken at the CLT20 governing council,
which comprises CSA and CA. It will be
taken at that forum,” he told PTI.
Star India has requested the BCCI to
scrap the tournament as it is not
garnering enough viewership.
Alluding to reports on Royal
Challengers Bangalore (RCB) being
bought over by JSW Group, Shukla said
that any change in ownership needed
to be ratified by the IPL GC.
“Any such takeover or buying of
stakes should be referred to the
governing council for its approval
first. Once any such proposal is placed
before GC, a call will be taken,” he
The GC is of the opinion that from
2017 the number of capped Indian
players must decrease from four to
two in each IPL team, while the
number of foreign players must be
capped at two. Moreover, there will be
three uncapped players but the total
must not exceed four.
“This is to make a level playing field
among franchises. However, the 2016
edition will be played as per old
rules,” he clarified.
On the issue of Chennai Super King’s
zero valuation of the team, he said
that the matter has been referred to
the board’s working committee.
“CSK valuation matter has been
referred to the board’s working
committee. During the last WC
meeting in Kolkata, the committee
sought legal opinion. The WC, after
getting legal opinion, will refer to GC
and further decision will be taken,” he
He also indicated that the BCCI will
appeal against RC Lahoti’s order
directing the BCCI to pay Rs 550
crore (Rs 5.5 billion) to former IPL
franchise Kochi Tuskers Kerala (KTK)
in damages. The BCCI had terminated
KTK in 2011 due to breach of contract.
“We have got arbitrator Lahoti’s
report. The majority of the members
are of the opinion of appealing
against the arbitrator’s report. We
are seeking legal opinion,” Shukla

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