No window available for Champions League: ICC

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Contrary to Lalit Modi's claims, the ICC said it won't make a slot available in its schedule for the Champions League Twenty20 tournament.

Updated: May 28, 2009 13:12 IST
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New Delhi:

The ICC won't make a slot available in its schedule for the Champions League Twenty20 tournament.

Champions League organizer Lalit Modi had said the event, featuring domestic teams from seven nations, would be an annual fixture on the international schedule. But ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat contradicted those claims on Thursday.

"We don't keep windows in the ICC Future Tours Program (FTP) for domestic events. There's no proposal for the Champions League or any other domestic events in the FTP," Lorgat said. "The FTP only features ICC events ... the ICC Cricket World Cup, the ICC Champions Trophy and the ICC World Twenty20, beside bilateral fixtures between international teams."

The Champions League, a 12-team tournament which will be held for the first time from Oct. 8-23 in India, is jointly owned by the cricket boards of Australia, India and South Africa.

The teams come from West Indies, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, India, Australia, South Africa and England.

The first edition of the tournament was postponed last year in the wake of terror attacks in the Indian city of Mumbai.

Representing India in the Champions League will be IPL finalists Deccan Chargers and Bangalore Royal Challengers plus the Delhi Daredevils _ the top three at the completion of the round-robin stage in the IPL.

Victoria and New South Wales states qualified from Australia, with the Cape Cobras and Eagles from South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago from the West Indies, Otago from New Zealand and Sri Lankan team Wayamba.

The two English teams will be decided after the domestic Twenty20 championship that ends in August.

The tournament will offer $6 million in prize money with the draw to be held June 23 in London.

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