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Unable to break the stand-off over T20 Champions League with the ECB, BCCI Vice-President Lalit Modi said the series will be played in India.
By HT Correspondent | PTI, London
UPDATED ON JUL 28, 2008 01:26 PM IST

Unable to break the stand-off over Twenty20 Champions League with the ECB, BCCI Vice-President Lalit Modi has made it clear that the tournament would be played in India from September 29 to October 8 at three venues - Jaipur, New Delhi and Mohali.

Modi also said England cricketers were unlikely to feature in the tournament as their Board was unreasonably objecting to various rules and regulations, the ban on ICL players, the share-holding pattern and profit-sharing formula.

With England 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.

The details of the tournament, would be finalised in Mumbai on Wednesday at a meeting to be attended by officials from the BCCI, Cricket South Africa (CSA) and Cricket Australia (CA) but England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) will go unrepresented.

"We are going ahead with the tournament whether England joins up or not," Modi was quoted as saying by the 'cricinfo'.

"South Africa and Australia are fully on board with the various rules and regulations but the ECB is being unreasonable and continues to have objections to issues like the shareholding pattern and the governing structure. But we can't wait any longer and we are going ahead. It's now up to the ECB to decide whether it wants to join us or not," he said.

Modi's statement came after the English press reported that the ECB was finalising a "rival" Champions League, to be held in Abu Dhabi.

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