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Champions League T20 fate to be decided jointly by BCCI, CA and CSA

MUMBAI: The Champions League T20, which official broadcaster Star India wants to let go because of its loss-making nature, is still not killed.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will take a decision on the Champions League T20 only after consultation with Cricket Australia and Cricket South Africa (CSA), Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Rajeev Shukla said after a governing council meeting.

There was buzz in the media that CL T20 was being scrapped in favour of a mini-IPL. However, Shukla cleared the air by saying that no such decision has been taken yet.

“No discussion on CLT20 scrapping. Any decision on CLT20 can only be taken at the CLT20 governing council, which comprises CSA and CA. It will be taken at that forum,” he told PTI.

Star India has requested the BCCI to scrap the tournament as it is not garnering enough viewership.

Alluding to reports on Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) being bought over by JSW Group, Shukla said that any change in ownership needed to be ratified by the IPL GC.

“Any such takeover or buying of stakes should be referred to the governing council for its approval first. Once any such proposal is placed before GC, a call will be taken,” he added.

The GC is of the opinion that from 2017 the number of capped Indian players must decrease from four to two in each IPL team, while the number of foreign players must be capped at two. Moreover, there will be three uncapped players but the total must not exceed four.

“This is to make a level playing field among franchises. However, the 2016 edition will be played as per old rules,” he clarified.

On the issue of Chennai Super King’s zero valuation of the team, he said that the matter has been referred to the board’s working committee.

“CSK valuation matter has been referred to the board’s working committee. During the last WC meeting in Kolkata, the committee sought legal opinion. The WC, after getting legal opinion, will refer to GC and further decision will be taken,” he said.

He also indicated that the BCCI will appeal against RC Lahoti’s order directing the BCCI to pay Rs 550 crore (Rs 5.5 billion) to former IPL franchise Kochi Tuskers Kerala (KTK) in damages. The BCCI had terminated KTK in 2011 due to breach of contract.

“We have got arbitrator Lahoti’s report. The majority of the members are of the opinion of appealing against the arbitrator’s report. We are seeking legal opinion,” Shukla added.