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India may host cricket's Champions League

India may host a soccer-style Champions League of cricket in September-October, which will be staged either in India or a West Asian nation.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, London
UPDATED ON JUN 07, 2008 10:57 PM IST

India may host a soccer-style US$ five million Champions League of cricket in September-October after the BCCI and its counterparts in England, Australia and South Africa reached an agreement on staging the tourney featuring winners and runners-up of their domestic twenty20 tournaments.

The tournament will be staged either in India or a West Asian nation.

"The England and Wales Cricket Board, Cricket Australia, the Board of Control for Cricket in India and Cricket South Africa have reached an agreement for the staging of the inaugural cricket Champions League this autumn," the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said in a statement.

"It was agreed that the first Champions League tournament would involve eight teams playing 15 matches in a 10-day period in late September and early October in either the Middle East or India," the ECB statement added.

The agreement was reached after meetings between ECB chairman Giles Clarke and chief executive David Collier, and Cricket Australia's chairman Creagh O'Connor and chief executive James Sutherland last last week.

The talks were concluded yesterday between Clarke and Indian Premier League commissioner and BCCI vice-President Lalit Modi and Cricket South Africa president Norman Arendse.

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