T20 Champions League will go ahead: ECB chief

Updated: 20 September 2008 11:14 IST

The ECB chief executive David Collier expects the Twenty20 Champions League to go ahead as planned despite reports it was set to be shelved.

London:

England and Wales Cricket Board chief executive David Collier expects the Twenty20 Champions League to go ahead as planned despite reports it was set to be shelved.

The lucrative tournament, which features top teams from the domestic competitions in England, South Africa, Australia and India, looked in doubt after officials were unable to reach agreement on the issue of players involved in the rebel, non-ICC-sanctioned Indian Cricket League.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India, who runs the IPL, are determined not only to ban any players who featured in the ICL from the Champions League, but also any teams for whom they have since signed.

Talks on the issue reached a stalemate as 15 of England's 18 county teams have links to players who had participated in the inaugural ICL.

But Collier insists a compromise can be found, providing all parties agree on three or four key points.

"We are confident the Champions League will go ahead and we have had discussions in the week," he said.

"There are a number of rules and regulations that need to be ironed out and there are three or four points we still have concerns over.

"In an ideal world, all four countries will participate and the deal is on the table. Any tournament has to have the top nations involved.

"It seems we will have an initial year where it is a big issue."

Topics : Cricket Champions League Twenty20 2013
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