New Delhi, Aug 14 : The inaugural Champions League Twenty20 will be played between December 3 and 10, instead of October, the organisers - India, Australia and South Africa - have announced. To accommodate the change, the first Test between Australia and South Africa in Perth has been pushed back from December 12 to December 17.
The eight-team tournament was initially scheduled to begin on September 29, the reserve day of the Champions Trophy, but the ICC was unhappy with its timing, given its close proximity to the Champions Trophy.
The ICC asked the three founding members of the Champions League to rethink, and they said they would revert in seven days.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India, Cricket Australia, and Cricket South Africa today announced the rescheduling of the inaugural edition of the Champions League Twenty20 from September-October to early December.
The three founding member boards reiterated that this was a goodwill response to a request from the International Cricket Council (ICC) to consider new playing dates for 2008.
No other international fixtures have been scheduled on those dates, allowing all players to participate. The tournament has been sandwiched between the India's seventh one-dayer against England and the first Test in Ahmedabad, which start a day before and after the tournament respectively.
"We are happy that we were able to find a window during the first week of December for the inaugural edition of the Champions League Twenty20," Lalit Modi, the IPL commissioner, said.
"There was a gap in between the one-day internationals and Tests [in India] against the touring England squad, which will enable both the Rajasthan Royals and the Chennai Super Kings (the IPL finalists) to regroup and focus on the inaugural edition of the Champions League Twenty20."
Gerald Majola and James Sutherland, the chief executives of the South African and Australian boards respectively, said they had consulted the players, players' associations and the Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) - the hosts of the Perth Test - before deciding the dates.