The Champions League Twenty 20 Tournament’s sixth edition is going to be held in India. This decision has put an end to rumours and United Arab Emirates’ hopes of hosting the event after they hosted the opening leg of the Indian Premier League‘s 2014 season successfully.
According to BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel, the decision was taken in the CLT20 governing council meeting, which was held in in Melbourne in the last week of June along with the recently concluded ICC annual conference. “The venues and the dates will soon be finalised but it will be played in India,” said Patel in Mumbai.
The tournament is expected to begin on September 7. The venues would be finalised after reconsidering the weather forecast during the schedluded window. Last year, the same CLT20 was effected by seasonal rains with some fixtures had to be rescheduled to some other venues.
Keeping an eye on the monsoon will be active in much of India during September month and great response the UAE leg matches of IPL has received, the BCCI and the CLT20 stakeholders Cricket Australia and Cricket South Africa, were in serious talks considering the UAE as the venue.
Even Sunil Gavaskar, BCCI’s interim president of IPL, had supported hosting the tournament in the UAE. “It is certainly a possibility because there are two aspects at the back of the BCCI’s mind. The first is the weather in India at that stage, because it will be monsoon-ish still and the monsoon will be tapering off and you don’t want to have matches washed out,” said Gavaskar during a meet in last month after IPL seventh season. “And the fact that you know at that particular time there will be a lot of people wanting to come to Dubai.“