Champions League organisers to meet on Dec 3

Melbourne, Nov 29 (UNI) The fate of the postponed Twenty20 Champions League will be decided next month as the organisers of the high-profile tournament meet on December 8.

According to spokesperson of the six-million dollar tournament, the organisers, while they meet, will see if they can reschedule the tournament early next year.

The eight-team tournament was earlier scheduled to be held in India from December 3-10 but had to be postponed after terror struck Mumbai, which was one of the three venues.

''The BCCI, Cricket Australia and Cricket South Africa -- the three founding boards of Champions League -- are likely to meet in India and they would ''explore any opportunities'' to hold the inaugural tournament in 2008-09 season,'' League spokesman Philip Pope said.

However, the biggest problem lies in facing that the tournament organisers will be finding a window in the busy international schedule in 2008-09 season.

''This window was created in the next week-and-a-half, so in order to establish a new competition elsewhere, (it's) very problematic, with broadcasting, venues, that sort of thing,'' said Tony Dodemaide, chief executive Cricket Victoria, whose team Victoria Bushrangers will take part in the tournament.

''Many of the venues are booked up now with current competitions going on around the world, so it's very difficult to do and in that light this was the obvious decision,'' he was quoted as saying by the Australian Associated Press.

However, Victorian coach Greg Shipperd suggested that Australia could host the tournament.

Deferring in Shipperd's statement, Graeme Wood, chief executive of WACA, whose team Western Australia Warriors is taking part in the tournament, asserted that the League will go ahead early next year either in India, the Gulf countries, England or South Africa.


Story first published: Saturday, November 29, 2008, 21:05 [IST]
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