Finally the jinxed period for the much-awaited Champions League Twenty20 is over as the inaugural edition gets underway from October 8.
After the success of the Indian Premier League, Lalit Modi coined this concept of bringing together the Twenty20 domestic champions from different countries. The idea was set to come alive last year but the Mumbai terror attacks led to its postponement.
The tournament is all set to start but the hype is mixed with uncertainty. Are we really ready for it or the tournament has become a reality before time?
Will it generate enough excitement among the fans?CricketNDTV.com asked its readers if they were excited for the Champions League T20. And the response is mixed.
"Nobody knows most of the teams likes Cobras or whatever. It is just a circus that pays well. I think one IPL is enough for a year," says Shashikant.
However, Satvir feels otherwise.
"CL T20 will take the game to new heights. Unknown players will flourish. It's really worth watching," Satvir opines.
FTP is clogged and cricketers are cribbing about fatigue, though the money they get has certainly mellowed their protest. But now, the situation is perhaps turning grim. Fans too have started complaining about the cricket overdose and if the caretakers of the game do not pay heed, they will soon be brainstorming to save the existence of the game and not one particular format.
"There is too much cricket. There is no Football 20-20, 50-50, longer version... the cricketing world seems to have lost sanity, says NDTV reader Mike Zito.
And there are many out there who share Mike's opinion.
Though the Champions League gives a global platform to the local players from different countries, nobody is sure if that will lure fans to come to the stadium or have them glued to their TV sets.