Mumbai: Looking to replace the not-so-popular Champions League Twenty20 annual cricket event, IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla today said that the BCCI is exploring options for a new league in September. After six years of CLT20, where winners of various world T20 competitions clash, the BCCI is planning to scrap the event after dwindling viewer interest in the tournament and Shukla admits a new league can be a good answer. “Yes, we are planning to do away with the Champions League T20. In place of that, we are considering an alternative league. But at the moment all this is at the planning stage” said Rajeev Shukla.
Since its inception in 2009, the TV ratings of CLT20, which in joint ownership of India, Australia and South Africa, have dipped considerably. Shukla said that he and BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur are trying to come up with something different. “Several ideas are coming and honourable secretary and myself are considering those ideas. We will sit together after the IPL gets over and try and plan out something,” he said.
UAE is reportedly being considered as a possible venue for the proposed league but Shukla was unwilling to reveal anything furthur. “At the moment we don’t have anything in hand, but yes we are in the process of bouncing off ideas. When something concrete comes up, we will cetainly bring it to everyone’s notice,” he said. The competition has been hosted by India four times (2009, 11, 13, 14), while twice it took place in South Africa (2010, 12).
IPL champions Chennai Super Kings have clinched the CLT20 title twice, while Mumbai Indians have also triumphed two times. Australian T20 champs New South Wales and Sydney Sixes have also lifted the trophy in different editions.