By CricketCountry Staff
New Delhi: Jun 24, 2012
Indian Premier League (IPL) team and Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) defending champions Mumbai Indians will get a direct entry into the Champions League Twenty20 2012 Championship. On account of being the defending champions, they won’t have to play the qualification matches.
Last year, top three teams from IPL had got a direct entry into the tournament while the fourth team had to play the qualification matches.
This year the winning teams from England and Pakistan might have to play the qualifying matches in order to play the tournament.
"A discussion to this effect has taken place, now it's up to the council to take the final call," The Times of India quoted a source.
Governing Council of Champions League T20 will meet in Kuala Lumpur on Monday to discuss on the issue of who will be hosting the tournament. South Africa is expected to inform the council on whether or not they are ready to host the Champions League.
Earlier, India were supposed to host the event. However, the Indian board offered to shift the event to South Africa due to monsoon and Durga Puja. It was also learnt that the official broadcaster will discuss the cost involving the qualifying matches and logistic costs of the entire tournament.
"During the IPL final, South Africa was keen when they were offered to host the league. In all probability, they are ready to host the event," a source was quoted as saying.
The council is also going discuss the budget of the league and the cost involved in hosting the event in India.