Champions League Twenty20, Governing Council, on Wednesday confirmed that the controversial cricket competition will be discontinued with immediate effect. The top-tier multinational T20 tournament, CLT20, was launched in 2009 as a collaborative initiative among the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Cricket Australia (CA), Cricket South Africa (CSA). This year, CLT20 was scheduled for September and October for a seventh season.
BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur, in a media statement, said, “This has been a difficult decision as the Champions League T20 provided added context to a number of domestic Twenty20 competitions around the world, such as the IPL in India, Big Bash League in Australia and South Africa’s Ram Slam T20”.
Citing diminishing interest in the competition as the primary reason of its discontinuation, he added, “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,”
The media release also stated that the decision was a unanimous one by the BCCI, CA and CSA. “This decision was made, after consultation with all our commercial partners and meeting the contractual obligations of all parties involved”, Thakur explained.