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ECB concerned about Champions League

The England and Wales Cricket Board have expressed serious concerns about the scheduling of this years Twenty20 Champions League which clashes with the end of the County Championship and England's five game one day series against Pakistan.

The announcement was made informally by Lalit Modi via twitter this afternoon. Modi later claimed the dates were picked because of a vacant slot in the Future Tours Programme despite the fact that England and Pakistan are due to play a 5 game one day series in September.

The ECB said it has expressed serious concern to the BCCI, CA and CSA concerning this decision and the matter will be discussed with the respective Chairmen and Presidents who are currently meeting in Dubai.

The ECB believes that it would be a great shame for the Champions League tournament to be deprived of teams and players by this change of date in bringing forward the respective events by a week and has called on BCCI to review all alternatives.

Giles Clark, the ECB Chairman is in Dubai attending an ICC two day board meeting and he is reported to be furious with the decision especially considering the ECB had already moved the end of the Championship season to accommodate the Champions League which was due to take place at the end of September.

Modi who is never one to back down from a fight will now hope the County teams will chose the millions on offer from the Champions League instead of fulfilling the last two County Championship games of the season creating an headache for the ECB.

Richard Gould the chief executive of Somerset voiced his disapproval telling the Guardian newspaper the decision by Modi indicated the Champions League Board don't want English teams in the Champions League.

Somerset took part in last years Champions League and despite investing heavily in world class Twenty20 players like Cameron White and Kieron Pollard Gould said Somerset would be 100% committed to fulfilling their last two County Championship games of the season.

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