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Cricket gets Champions League

Cricket will get its own form of Champions League when eight Twenty20 teams from four countries compete in a tournament later this year.

Unlike the football champions league, the cricket one is actually a tournament where all the matches are played over 10 days.

The eight teams are going to come from Australia, India, South Africa and England. The English teams will be decided next month but the other teams already in are Victoria, Western Australia, Titans, KwaZulu Natal Dolphins and Indian premier league teams Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super.

I don't know whether in the future there will be teams from countries like Sri Lanka, Pakistan and New Zealand and also whether the number of teams will then be increased.

If the number of teams is increased that will have an impact on the already congested cricket calendar and also on the prize money.

It will be fair though I think to increase the number of participating leagues because you can't just have only four but then all the other things have to be reviewed.

I think this kind of tournament is now only possible because of the popularity of Twenty20 cricket and the good thing is that it gives something different.

I will be waiting to hear where the tournament will be held but for now I am just happy to see that the Bushrangers are in it.

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