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BCCI mulls to replace Champions League T20 with mini IPL

The Board of Cricket for Control in India (BCCI) is all set to replace the Champions League T20 (CLT20) with a mini Indian Premier League (IPL).

According to a report, the BCCI is planning to bring in a new T20 league in place for the old CLT20 where top domestic clubs from different cricketing nations participated.

This news has come in the wake of previous reports stating that the CLT20 tournament was set to be scrapped considering its popularity had gone into crisis.

The new venture will feature the top four IPL teams that have made the playoffs this year, and will be played in a league format leading to a knockout phase.

“The planning is on and we will have a meeting on this before this IPL gets over,” a BCCI official told.

It’s also learnt that the BCCI’s new secretary Anurag Thakur has informed Cricket Australia and Cricket South Africa — India, Australia and South Africa are joint owners of CLT20 — that they will be scrapping CLT20 from this season.

“It (CLT20) was not serving any purpose, people weren’t attracted to it. We are looking at all possibilities of a substitute tournament to replace CLT20 and the initial idea is to have an IPL-2 so that Indian crowds could relate more to it,” the official added.

It has also been reported that UAE has emerged as a venue because it has earlier successfully hosted a part of the seventh season. Sources also said IPL teams are already recognised in the region and added that with the new tournament featuring only the cream of IPL, it would be easier to market and promote.  

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