The orgainsers have shown their diktat in various forms like champion teams from other nations such as New Zealand, Pakistan, England, West Indies, Sri Lanka have to go through the qualifiers to make it to the main stage of the competition. As for the IPL teams, there were four teams, which made it to the main stage, again through invitation. Can anyone justify this inclusion without talking about the powerful IPL and BCCI's involvement? Why are teams from IPL being treated differently? This clearly increases the chances of either South African, Indian or an Australian team winning the championship. Two Indian teams and one Australian team has won the tournament previously.
By asking champion teams from other nations to play in the qualifiers, the orgainsers are questioning the quality of their teams. These champion sides have to play in the qualifiers and prove their worth in two to three matches, which is not an easy task. This needs to change. Champion sides from New Zealand, England, Pakistan and Sri Lanka need to gain direct entry without playing those qualifiers.
To give all champion teams an equal chance of winning the title, the competition needs to reduce the number of IPL teams along with South African and Australian teams. The competition could be much stronger, if all the champion teams from other nations make it to the main draw without playing the qualifiers. Then only, it would be fair to call the Champions League T20 a League of Champions.
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