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New Delhi: After only six editions, the Governing Council of the Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) on Wednesday decided to discontinue the unpopular competition with immediate effect.

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The council, comprising representatives of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Cricket South Africa (CSA) and Cricket Australia (CA) took the decision unanimously. As such, the 2015 edition, scheduled for September and October, will not go ahead as planned.

The competition was launched in 2009 by the three boards. The council determined that the discontinuation of the league was the most appropriate decision due to the tournament’s limited public following.

“This has been a difficult decision as the CLT20 provided added context to a number of domestic T20 competitions around the world such as the Indian Premier League (IPL) in India, Big Bash League (BBL) in Australia and South Africa’s Ram Slam T20,” BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur said.

“It was a fantastic platform for players from around the world to showcase their talent and the participating teams thoroughly enjoyed the experience over the last six seasons.”

Out of the six editions held from 2009 to 2014, four were held in India (2009, 2011, 2013, 2014) while two tournaments were held in South Africa (2010, 2012). IPL franchises Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Mumbai Indians were the most successful teams in the tournament winning twice each while two BBL outfits — New South Wales Blues and Sydney Sixers — had clinched the trophy once each.

“Unfortunately, off the field, CLT20 wasn’t sustaining the interest of the fans as we had hoped. This decision was made after consultation with all our commercial partners and meeting the contractual obligations of all parties involved,” said Thakur.

“The Governing Council would like to thank everyone involved with the CLT20 and all those who participated in the tournament. Further details associated with winding down the league including settling with the three nations that had invested time and effort in the competition will be completed very soon.”

This decision came the day after the Supreme Court appointed Justice Lodha Committee suspended CSK and Rajasthan Royals from the IPL for two years in the spot fixing and betting scandal that rocked the cash-rich Twenty20 tournament in 2013.

Former CSK team official Gurunath Meiyappan and Royals co-owner Raj Kundra, both of whom were earlier found guilty of betting, were suspended for life from any cricketing activity undertaken by the BCCI.

(IANS)

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IPL Betting scam, Arbaaz Khan to be Inquired by Police

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Bollywood actor and producer Arbaaz Khan was summoned for investigations and interrogation into the ongoing probe in the Indian Premier League (IPL) betting case, other bollywood celebrities are also in the suspect list, a Mumbai police official said here on Friday.

Arbaaz, younger brother of superstar Salman Khan, has been asked to appear before the Thane crime branch’s Anti Extortion Cell (AEC) on Saturday, said Police Inspector Rajkumar Kothmire.

The summons were issued to Arbaaz after prominent bookie Sonu Jalan alias Sonu Batla — who reportedly has links with various mafia dons, including absconding Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar — was arrested sometime ago and interrogated by the AEC sleuths in connection with the IPL scam, he added.

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“The case investigations are going on since the past five-six years and could involve amounts of over Rs 500-600 crore. We want to find out from Arbaaz what was his role and how much  he is involved in the entire matter,” said Kothmire who is probing the matter.

The 50-year-old actor-producer’s cropped up during Jalan’s interrogation and recovery of some photographs which include other major film personalities who may be subsequently summoned, he indicated. Thane police arrested Jalan in the Kalyan court during his meeting to other accused.

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According to Kothmire, the entire IPL betting scam involves some of the biggest bookies operating from Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Jaipur and New Delhi.

Jalan was first nabbed around 10 years ago when the IPL betting scam had erupted, According to reports Jalan has an international racket and most of its clients are in South Africa and later investigations proved he was in touch with several world famous personalities, including Arbaaz, though it is yet not confirmed that whether Arbaaz has direct connectios with the scam or not. (IANS)

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