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Lords and Oval to host Champions League

The BCCI will give a fitting reply to the England and Wales Cricket Board's allegations that the Indian board breached international protocol.

The BCCI have benn seeking permission from Marylebone Cricket Club and Surrey County Cricket Club to host the Champions League matches at Lord's and The Oval respectively during the September 29-October 8 tournament.

"I think the ECB is making a big issue out of nothing and we will give them a fitting reply in due course of time. The Cricket Australia (CA) and the South African Cricket Board would not have supported us if we were doing something wrong. But ECB does not seem to understand this. We are waiting for the outcome of their (ECB) meeting on Monday and then we will decide the course of action," a top BCCI official, who did not want to be named, told Cricketnext on Sunday.

Though the BCCI official did not elaborate on the course of action, he hinted that the Indian board was preparing a strongly worded letter to be signed by the Indian Premier League (IPL) commissioner Lalit Modi, representative of the South African board Gerard Majola and CA representative James Sutherland if the ECB stopped Middlesex from participating in the inaugural Champions League.

The ECB is miffed with Modi, who during his recent visit to England, did not approach them to take their permission but went ahead and offered lucrative deals to the MCC and the SCCC to play host to the Champions League as they felt that being the full member of the ICC they should have been consulted first.

But the BCCIs argument is that the Champions League being a club level tournament does not need the approval of the full member of the ICC to organise third-party games and the ECB was only creating problems by threatening not to give permission to Middlesex, one of the eight teams in the fray, as the Indian board was against another county team Kent's participation in the league due to its ICL connections.

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