The International Cricket Council (ICC) today confirmed that, contrary to some recent media reports, the Champions League Twenty20 competition set to take place for the first time later this year has not been incorporated into the Future Tours Programme (FTP).
ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat said: “The ICC Board, which includes all Full Members, worked together last October to come up with a date for this year’s Champions League tournament that was mutually convenient for all.
“However, that was only as part of a wider discussion on when we could play the ICC Champions Trophy, which was postponed from Pakistan in 2008 and relocated to South Africa.
“The FTP does not include any fixtures between domestic teams, even those from more than one country, and only features ICC events, such as the ICC Cricket World Cup, the ICC Champions Trophy and the ICC World Twenty20, and bilateral fixtures between Full Member international teams.
“I have been in touch with Lalit Modi, a Vice-President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Commissioner of the Indian Premier League and the Champions League, and we are in full agreement on this matter,” added Mr Lorgat.
The ICC Champions Trophy, the One-Day International event between the top eight ICC Full Member sides – Australia, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the West Indies – will take place in South Africa between 23 September and 5 October.
The Champions League Twenty20 tournament featuring domestic teams from Australia, England, India, New Zealand, South Africa and the West Indies, will be held from 8 – 23 October, it was announced by Mr Modi earlier this week.
Ahead of both those events is the ICC World Twenty20, the ICC Full and Associate Member tournament featuring 12 of the top men’s sides and the eight leading women’s teams. The action starts at Lord’s when England takes on the Netherlands on Friday 5 June and runs through to finals day on Sunday 21 June.