CHAMPIONS LEAGUE TWENTY20

The Champions League T20 was a cricket tournament that was played from 2009 to 2014. Initially, the league was launched in the year 2008, and the first competition of the league was held in October 2009. Around 10 to 12 top domestic teams from 8 major cricket-playing countries were part of it. The ownership of the league was jointly held by BCCI, Cricket Australia and Cricket South Africa.

The tournament was based on round-robin format and knockouts. It was usually held between September and October every year over 2-3 weeks. The tournament was organized either in India or South Africa.

BACKGROUND

Wanting to take advantage of the success of the first edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the cricket authorities of India, South Africa, and Australia, started Champions League T20.

Reaction to Champions League T20

Initially, the league faced some problems. Nonetheless, the league got a lot of support. The prize money was $2.5 million for the winners, $1.3 million for the first runners-up, $500,000 for 2nd and 3rd runners-up, and $200,000 for the teams that got eliminated in the group stage. Also, ESPN Star Sports had bought the broadcast rights for the league matches at $900 million.

However, the Indian audience didn’t show much enthusiasm during the first edition of the league, which was held in India. The attendance was low in the stadium and the viewership rate was also quite low. Nevertheless, the tournament provided a global platform and financial support for low-profile teams and their players.

CPL T20 2014 POINTS TABLE

Group A: Points Table & Results of Champions League T20 2014 – Team standings & Points Tally

1.

Kolkata Knight Riders (IND)

4

4

0

0

16

+0.716

2.

Chennai Super Kings

4

2

1

1

10

+0.945

3.

Perth Scorchers (AUS)

4

2

1

1

8

-0.038

4.

Lahore Lions (PAK)

4

1

3

0

4

-0.051

5.

Dolphins (RSA)

4

0

4

0

0

-1.338

 

Group B: Points Table & Results of Champions League T20 2014 – Team standings & Points Tally

No.

Team

P

W

L

NR

Points

NRR

1.

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP)       4         4          0      0       16    +2.130

2.

Hobart Hurricanes (AUS)       4         3          1      0       12    +1.193

3.

Barbados Tridents (WI)       4         1          3      0       4    -0.230

4.

Cape Cobras (COB)       4         1          3      0       4    -0.955

5.

Northern Knights (NZ)       4         1          3      0       4    -2.697

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE T20 WINNERS LIST

About 10 to 12 teams participated in this tournament. Despite that, only a few teams managed to win the title. They were:

  • 2009 – New South Wales Blues
  • 2010 – Chennai Super Kings
  • 2011 – Mumbai Indians
  • 2012 – Sydney Sixers
  • 2013 – Mumbai Indians
  • 2014 – Chennai Super Kings

PLAYERS

If a player was part of more than one team that has qualified for Champions League T20, he was allowed to play from the home team, which is from the country he might be represented in international cricket. If the player played for any other team, that team was supposed to pay a compensation fee to the home team. Many other debatable rules continued to create confusion.

CANCELLATION

Even as the tournament was set to take place in 2015, the three cricket boards, including India, South Africa, and Australia decided to cancel the tournament and the announcement was made in July 2015. Due to ongoing poor viewership, lack of audience’s interest, lack of proper sponsorship, and more, the tournament was ultimately ended in 2015 for good.