The Champions League T20 tournament has been discontinued with immediate effect because of the poor demand and user base. BCCI, on Wednesday confirmed that an agreement has been reached by the Governing Council of CLT20 to discontinue the tournament with immediate effect.
CLT20, which was a joint venture of BCCI, Cricket South Africa (CSA) and Cricket Australia (CA), could not find enough sponsors or fans to be continued any longer. The fan base was poor since the very beginning of this tournament in 2009 and now, the hosts are even struggling to find sponsors. The decision was taken unanimously by all three host associations.
Anurag Thakur, Secretary of the BCCI said, “This has been a difficult decision as the Champions League T20 provided added context to a number of domestic Twenty 20 competitions around the world such as the IPL in India, Big Bash League in Australia and South Africa’s Ram Slam T20. "
After this decision, the upcoming edition of CLT20, scheduled in September and October, will be discarded.
CLT20 was not reportedly drawing enough attraction of audience from any country other than India and this was not good for the business. BCCI, though gave a hint of organizing a 'mini-IPL' to be played in the UAE to replace the discontinued CLT20.