The decision to postpone the launch of Champions Twenty20 League to October next year came as “a shock” to Middlesex skipper Shaun Udal whose team would now have to qualify again for the tournament.
Middlesex, England’s domestic Twenty20 champions, were supposed to take on teams from Australia, South Africa, India and Pakistan in the $six million tournament.
The tournament, initially scheduled from December 3 to 10 in India, was postponed due to the Mumbai terror attacks and today the organisers decided to move it to October next year which means teams will have to qualify once again.
“It is a shock. It’s come as a really big surprise – a bolt out of the blue,” Udal told Sky Sports .
“Obviously, we are really disappointed. The communication lines have not been very good. Financially for the club, it was a huge carrot that we were going to go out there and play in this tournament.”
“It would have been brilliant financially if we had done well. But it was a bonus, not something we had budgeted for. From both a potentially financial and a cricket point of view, it is hugely disappointing,” he said.