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Modi rejects ECBs rival league offer

In a decision that has triggered differences within the BCCI and its stakeholders, BCCI vice-president Lalit Modi on Monday announced that the Champions League would be held in September.

Till late last week, it was understood that the league had been put off this year because of lack of time and unacceptable terms and conditions by key international boards. However, the tournament will now take place without the participation of a key member, England, which was originally part of the plan.

“We were made to understand that the league had been put off this year because of multiple reasons including cricket fatigue among advertisers. This decision has come as a surprise to us,” said a source closely involved with BCCI.

Mr Modi announced that the matches will he held in Jaipur, New Delhi and Mohali. With England’s participation in doubt, Pakistan has been convinced to replace them in the league, which was originally scheduled to feature top two Twenty20 domestic teams from India, Australia, South Africa and England.

Meanwhile, The England and Wales Cricket Board has announced that it has secured a £750-million deal over 10 years for a rival Twenty20 Champions League, which will accommodate both the English finalists. The finalists of the English tournament had originally been lined up to take part in a proposed Twenty20 Champions League this year which the BCCI had floated.

The BCCI has called for a meeting in Mumbai on Wednesday, which will be represented by officials from the BCCI, Cricket South Africa and Cricket Australia.

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