Taking cues from the immensely-successful franchise-based models of others sports — mainly football, the game saw the inception of Indian Premier League (IPL). Several other leagues mushroomed up around the world in the next few years, but not all could sustain themselves. The Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) and Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL) faded out after much promise.

The tournament, which stumbled in its formative years after being cancelled in 2008 due to the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, met a sorry fate after six struggling seasons. On July 15, a day after Chennai Super Kings (CSK) – the two times CLT20 champions — and Rajasthan Royals (RR) got suspended by the Lodha Panel, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Cricket Australia (CA) and CSA (Cricket South Africa) decided to scrap the Champions League T20. Both CSK and RR had qualified for CLT20 2015, but the cancellation of the tournament has dozed off the speculation over their participation.

The lukewarm interest among the audiences and lack of viability from broadcaster’s perspective led to its fall. Also, the fact that didn’t help was the tournament’s unstable title sponsorship. Airtel ended its five-year deal after two years. Their replacement Nokia signed a four-year deal but chose to back-off after year one. Then there was Karbonn and Oppo. The lack of interest was pretty evident.

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(Suvajit Mustafi consumes cricket for lunch, fiction for dinner and munches numerous other snacks throughout the day. Yes, a jack of several trades, all Suvajit dreamt of was being India’s World Cup winning skipper but ended up being a sports writer, author, screenwriter, director, copywriter, graphic designer, sportsmarketer , strategist, entrepreneur,  philosopher and traveller. Donning so many hats, it’s cricket which gives him the ultimate high and where he finds solace. He can be followed at @RibsGully and rivu7)

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