IPL franchises unhappy with BCCI over CLT20 termination

The BCCI's decision to terminate the Champions League T20 has not found favour with IPL franchise owners.

According to a report in The Mumbai Mirror, the Indian Premier League owners are unhappy with the termination of the CLT20 and they are determined to speak to BCCI officials about it.

 IPL franchises unhappy with BCCI over CLT20 termination

File picture of Chennai Super Kings cricketers. BCCI

The thing that irked the franchises the most is that the BCCI didn't bother to discuss or explain the reasons for the tournament's termination with the franchises.

"It was a major business opportunity for us and we cannot have been kept in dark about such an important decision. It is not cricket in China. We are living in democracy," a franchise owner told Mumbai Mirror.

The council, comprising representatives of BCCI, Cricket South Africa (CSA) and Cricket Australia (CA) had been mulling over shutting down the tournament for some time and on Wednesday, they finally arrived at the decision to discontinue the tournament with immediate effect.

Anurag Thakur, Secretary of the BCCI had 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. "

The BCCI said the CLT20 had not been able to attain the level of fan interest they had hoped to but there are reports that the tournament was cancelled following a request from broadcaster Star Sports, which was had suffered heavy losses.

The report also states that the franchise owners might have a meeting amongst themselves before the IPL Governing Council meeting takes place on 19 July.

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Updated Date: Jul 17, 2015 11:32:35 IST