If Indian cricket board (BCCI) has its way, the fans could get to see four IPL teams in the Champions League this September. With 10 teams already set to play in the Twenty20 event, the BCCI is mulling bringing in the fourth IPL team by introducing a qualifying round of matches.
The BCCI is planning to have three teams from IPL, two each from Australia and South Africa and one from England. As for the other two slots, there is a proposal to have a qualifying round of matches between the fourth IPL team and a team each from West Indies, Sri Lanka and New Zealand. Sources said that BCCI’s working committee will take the final call on this proposal.
The Champions League had eight teams in the inaugural edition in 2009 and 10 teams in 2010. Only three IPL teams played in both the editions. In the 2010 edition, three teams were from India (IPL), two each from Australia and South Africa and a team each from Sri Lanka, the West Indies and England.
Interestingly, no domestic team from Pakistan has been shortlisted for the Champions League. No one from BCCI was available for comments.