England miss out on Champions League places
This years Friends Provident t20 champions will miss out on the chance to take part in the Twenty20 Champions League in September after it was revealed no English county will take part in the tournament.
With the dates of the Champions League clashing with the end of the County season the ECB has told the 18 Counties they will not be allowed to miss the climax of the County Champions to fly off to South Africa.
The news is a massive blow for the cash strapped County teams. Qualification for the Champions League would have allowed the two finalists in the Friends Provident t20 final to make between £120,000 and 1.5 million pounds.
Teams from India, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and West Indies will compete for domestic Twenty20 cricket’s ultimate prize from September 10th in South Africa.
More than 75 percent of the participating players are expected to be the international stars of the game, making the tournament a true contest between the best of the best.
Of the nine teams already qualified, just three will be returning from the inaugural edition of the tournament in 2009 - Royal Challengers Bangalore (India), Victorian Bushrangers (Australia) and Wayamba Elevens (Sri Lanka).
Only one place remains to be filled, with the West Indies’ representative to be confirmed in late July. Trinidad & Tobago represented the Caribbean in 2009 and set the tournament alight with its brilliant run through to the final.