England ideal place for Champions T20: Bindra

Updated: 30 July 2008 16:27 IST

International Cricket Council Principal Adviser IS Bindra feels England is the "ideal place" to host the inaugural Champions Twenty20 League next year

London:

International Cricket Council (ICC) Principal Adviser IS Bindra feels England is the "ideal place" to host the inaugural Champions Twenty20 League next year.

"My wish and hope is that we have it in England. I feel the ideal place for a Champions League is England in September," Bindra said.

"They will have spectators from all different countries, multi-racial crowds for all teams, it is the most cosmopolitan place," he was quoted as saying by the 'Sunday Telegraph'.

The staging of Champions League has run into rough weather with the BCCI and England and Wales Cricket Board disputing on whether counties featuring ICL players should be allowed to participate in the tournament.

The former BCCI president clarified that he was saying this in the capacity of an ICC official and not as a BCCI representative and added that the two boards could sort out the issue.

"That's a matter of detail which the two boards (BCCI and ECB) can sort out. My job is to smooth inter-member relationship and if I can help facilitate, I will. I'm not with BCCI now, I'm in ICC. This September will be too soon, but it should be possible in 2009."

The newspaper also reported that the ECB has lined up the royal family of Abu Dhabi as financiers of the Champions Twenty20 League, with $1.49 billion available over 10 years.

The tournament is reportedly to be held in Abu Dhabi, with Sharjah to be used as a reserve ground.

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