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Champions League postponed

The inaugural US$ six million Champions League T20, scheduled to be played in Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai from December 3 to 10, was postponed in the wake of the latest terror strikes in the metropolis.

cricket Updated: Nov 27, 2008 23:20 IST
HT Correspondent

Apart from the Ranji Trophy, and similar domestic tournaments, there might be no cricket of a high level in India over the coming weeks.

The Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20), scheduled to be played in Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai has been "indefinitely postponed" with cricket administrators taking no chances after India struggled to come to terms with the worst terror attack seen on Indian soil.

Teams from England, Pakistan, Australia and South Africa were to congregate in India for domestic T20's premier tournament, but once they received cautionary travel advisories from their respective governments, there was no way the tournament could have been played as planned.

"We held consultations among all the stakeholders including the founding members, the participating teams and members of the Governing Council. It was agreed that in the best interests of all concerned, the inaugural edition of the Champions League should be postponed," Lalit Modi, commissioner of CLT20 said.

"We very strongly condemn this dastardly and heinous criminal act of a few which has resulted in the loss of precious lives and injury to hundreds," Modi continued. "We offer our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and we are with them in their hour of grief."

While the last two England ODIs were called off, the CLT20 has only been postponed, and members of the governing council were hopeful that a window could be found early next year.