Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai to host Champions League T20

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Mumbai, Sep 25 (UNI) The first edition of the T20 Champions Trophy will be played from December 3 to 10 with Chennai, Bangalore and Mumbai being the venues, Lalit Modi, Chairman of the Champions League Twenty20, said here today.

The Champions League, which will be played between 8 teams, has a total prize money of 6 million dollars with the winner getting 3 million dollars. The final will be held at Mumbai, Modi further stated at a media gathering.

Earlier, the Champions League was supposed to be held in the month of September at Jaipur, Mohali and Delhi. However, with the change in dates it was decided to change the venues also as in north India in the winter there is a lot of dew in the evenings and the weather also gets quite cold. 'Therefore we have decided to change the venues', Modi said.

For the first edition, there will be eight teams participating with a total of 15 matches, which will go up to 12 teams and 23 matches for the second edition, Mr Modi informed, adding that the full schedule of the matches will be finalised soon and disclosed to the media.

Modi, to a query, said that the domestic Twenty20 championships of each country would act as feeder leagues for the Champions League and the most unique part of this league is that it would be able to move from one country to another as time goes by.

On the venue for the final in Mumbai, Modi said that they have decided on the city for the final, but the venue is still to be decided. It could either be the Barbourne Stadium of the Cricket Club of India or the D Y Patil stadium at Nerul in Navi Mumbai, where the IPL final was played.

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