Champions League 2009 draw postponed

The draw for Champions League 2009, scheduled to be held in London on June 23 has now been postponed. The organisers of the tournament, with Lalit Modi at the helm, haven’t announced the fresh dates as yet.

While 10 out of the 12 teams have been finalised, the two teams from England scheduled to take part in the tournament will be known only after England Cricket Board’s (ECB) domestic Twenty20 Cup finalists are confirmed.

The organisers are also looking at the possibility of hosting matches in Mumbai among other venues. Plans to host a few matches at Navi Mumbai’s DY Patil stadium are also on cards, though nothing has been finalised as yet.

Meanwhile, the ICC also took objection to the League deciding to host the draw at the Lord’s cricket ground in London two days after the final of the World Twenty20 as previously announced.

The ICC rules say that to protect the commercial interests and exclusivity of the venue rights, no event can be held at the same venue as that of an ICC tournament after 10 days of its completion.

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