After six editions that generated lukewarm interest from fans, the Champions League T20 has been discontinued. The tournament’s governing council, comprising representatives of the BCCI, CSA and CA, made the decision unanimously on Wednesday. According to a BCCI release, the governing council determined that the discontinuation was “the most appropriate decision due to the tournament’s limited public following”.
The 2015 edition, scheduled for September and October, will not go ahead.
“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,” said Anurag Thakur, the BCCI secretary. “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. 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.
“Further details associated with winding down the league including settling with the three nations that had invested time and effort in the competition, will be completed very soon.”