Despite there being no headway in the spot-fixing scandal case that hit the Indian Twenty20 League and with the probe panel failing to provide a timeframe to solve the issue, the schedule for the Champions League T20 has been released with the tainted Rajasthan Royals kicking off the tournament against Mumbai Indians at Jaipur on September 21.
Both Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings, whose co-owners are also under the fixing cloud, are the Indian teams in the league along with Mumbai Indians, winners of this year’s Indian T20 league. The Sunrisers Hyderabad are the other Indian team but will have to come through the qualifiers.
“The entire tournament has a host of foreign teams who have little local connect. So, it is necessary to have teams like a star-studded CSK or even Rajasthan Royals even though there is a question mark over them,” said a source close to the BCCI.
Former India cricketer and national coach Madan Lal said,“The cricket has to carry on. If they’d suspended the teams and disallowed them from competing because of the pending investigations, it would have sent a wrong signal.”
The CLT20, which has struggled to grab eyeballs since its inception in 2009, is scheduled to be played in five venues spread across all five zones. “Venues like Ranchi and Jaipur have been picked because it can attract bigger crowds. The BCCI has had some bad experiences in the past at other venues which have gone empty,” added the source.
Delhi to host final
The second semifinal (October 5) and the final (Oct 6) have been scheduled at Delhi while the first semifinal (Oct 4) will be held in Jaipur. Apart from Delhi, Jaipur and Ranchi, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad are other venues.