With Australia’s tour of India scheduled in October, the Twenty20 Champions League (CL) may be held in September this year, which raises a question mark over England’s participation in the event as the county season would still be on there in September.
Sources indicated that if the CL is advanced by a month, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) will have to make up its mind regarding the availability of its players for CL.
Two teams from England – Somerset and Sussex – had taken part in the inaugural edition of CL last October.
According to sources in the Indian cricket board (BCCI), the governing council of the league is likely to meet the broadcaster on Feb 10 to review the number of teams that will participate in the league this year.
“If England is doubtful, the council will have to see how many teams would ultimately play the Champions League,” a top BCCI official told TOI.
At the Feb. 10 meeting, sources said, IPL will take decisions on the schedule, the venue for the CL and the number of teams to be invited.
Besides Somerset and Sussex, the other teams in last year’s (October) CL were Cape Cobras, Deccan Chargers, Delhi Daredevils, Eagles New South Wales, Otago, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Trinidad & Tobago, Victoria and Wayamba.
Meanwhile, India is scheduled to host Australia this October. The two teams are likely to play at at least two Tests, seven ODIs and two T20 games in the series.
“The schedule is being worked out currently with the Australian board,” a BCCI official said.