2009 Champions League to be played in Sept among 12 teams

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New Delhi, Sep 5 (UNI) The second edition of the Champions Twenty20 League will feature 12 teams, four more than the inaugural tournament, and will take place between September 25 and October 11 next year.

The inaugural tournament will be played from December 3 to 10 this year.

The 2009 Champions League will involve 12 teams and 23 matches, while this year's competition has eight teams - the winners and runners-up from domestic Twenty20 competitions in India, Australia and South Africa plus the winner of 2008 Twenty20 championships from Pakistan and the reigning Twenty20 Cup champion from England, Middlesex.

The next edition of the league has been scheduled in the same month that the ICC proposes to hold its Champions Trophy, which was postponed from September 2008 after five of the eight participating teams expressed their reluctance to tour Pakistan citing security concerns.

The dates were announced in a release issued by the three founding members - the BCCI, Cricket Australia and Cricket South Africa.

The 2008 Champions Twenty20 League was initially due to begin on September 29, the reserve day of the Champions Trophy final.

But the ICC was not pleased with the idea of holding the event during that time given its close proximity to the Pakistan event.

It had asked the three founding members of the Champions League to reschedule the event after which the tournament was shifted to December.

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