Jason Gillespie is the current coach of English County team Yorkshire © Getty Images
Jason Gillespie is the current coach of English County team Yorkshire © Getty Images

Former Australia fast bowler Jason Gillespie calls for the revival of Champions League T20, which was scrapped after six seasons. Gillespie believes that the re-introduction of the tournament could very well lift the profile of the domestic T20 teams. The English T20 tournament is right in the middle of the summer, where many players are busy on national duties and hence the schedule becomes extremely crowded. Gillespie, the current coach of Yorkshire, played just one T20I for Australia, way back in 2005. He believes that that there is no need for a bilateral T20I series, which are less in numbers anyway and the World T20 can be the only competition where the teams play each other. READ: Jonathan Bairstow is England’s answer to Adam Gilchrist, says Jason Gillespie

“If you think about it, there is not a great deal of T20 played internationally,” Gillespie wrote in the Evening Standard. “There are World Twenty20s but they are at least two years apart.  “While there may be T20 matches in bilateral series, there are not usually too many of them — and let’s face it, they’re a money-grab,” Gillespie wrote in Evening Standard. 

“Perhaps you don’t even need to have T20 matches between countries outside the World T20. Perhaps that would be the way to promote the Champions League and give it the status and profile it deserves. “As was the case before it was halted, you would stage it in a three-week block in a single country. READ: Jason Gillespie declines applying for India head coach position

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for the game and all involved should look closely at bringing it back. ”It doesn’t seem to be on the agenda at the moment, yet I think it would be a fantastic idea to revive it.”

”I’m convinced it could be structured so players, administrators and media supported it. “It’s a fantastic concept: bring in the best teams from the various T20 competitions around the world and establish which of them is best. What is not to like about that?,” Gillespie added. READ: Jason Gillespie could probably be England’s Renaissance man

The CLT20 was an idea of the cricketing boards from India, Australia and England. The tournament was called off after its 2014 edition as it was not attracting many viewers and as a result the boards could not generate enough money. But Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland has also backed Gillespie  in this regard.

“We believe there is genuine value in the concept of bringing clubs from different domestic T20 teams together for a world championship play-off,” Sutherland told cricket.com.au. READ: Jason Gillespie declines applying for India head coach position

“There were a number of very positive and successful aspects to the Champions League T20 event, but in the end it did not attract the fan support in attendance or viewership to maintain viability,” he added.