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CLT20 To Make A Return? Cricket Victoria CEO Confirms Discussion Between ECB, CA, BCCI

CSK players celebrating CLT20 2014 season victory (X.com)CSK players celebrating CLT20 2014 season victory (X.com)

Champions League T20 tournament, last held in 2014, could soon make a return as positive discussions related to the revival of the league are apparently being held between the cricket board of India (BCCI), England (ECB) and Australia (CA).

CLT20, first held in 2009, saw the champion teams of various franchise leagues around the world compete to claim the glory of ultimate T20 champions. However, the tournament was scrapped after Chennai Super Kings (CSK) defeated Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in Bengaluru in 2014.

Regardless, with T20 franchise leagues dominating the world, Cricket Victoria CEO Nick Cummins has confirmed discussions about the revival of the league are active between BCCI, ECB and CA. 

Cricket boards battling to revive CLT20

He said CLT20 was way ahead of its time during its introduction. But now that T20 leagues are regaining dominance, it's perhaps the perfect time to reintroduce the CLT20 tournament.

"I know that there's active conversations between Cricket Australia, the ECB, and the BCCI about the Champions League. It's just trying to find a window as to when you actually play that, because you've also got all the ICC tournaments as well," said Cummins.

Cummins confirmed that India, England, and the Australian Cricket Board remain in favour of the league's revival and have been holding talks consistently for a while.

However, a major roadblock is to find a window amid the jam-packed hectic international cricket schedule. 

However, overall, Nick Cummins feels a CLT20 return is overdue and will have a positive impact on the sport at large. He says the fans are deprived of seeing the best players around the world compete in the same league, citing the example of how Pakistani players are disallowed to participate in IPL. 

"No other competition has Indian players. The IPL doesn't have Pakistan players. So there is no competition in the world with the best players. The Champions League would be a way for the best to be playing against each other," he added.

Therefore, CLT20 will bridge the gap and bring together IPL and PSL players on the same platform.