Modi's blues for England cricket

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London, Feb 11 (ANI): English cricket is facing a new controversy with Indian Premier League chairman Lalit Modi, as counties are set to miss out on the 2010 Champions League Twenty20 after it was announced the event will be staged between September 10-26.

Modi, who has long had a tense relationship with the ECB, announced the second Champions League will run from September 10-26, which overlaps with the end of the county season and England's one-dayers with Pakistan.

The dates clash with the end of the English domestic season, prompting the ECB to call for a rethink on the event's timing.

In those 16 days, there are two County Championship rounds, and the semis and final of the new ECB 40 League.

England also playa a one-day series against Pakistan from 10-22 September.

"ECB has expressed serious concern to the Board of Control for Cricket in India, Cricket Australia and Cricket South Africa concerning this decision and the matter will be discussed with the respective chairmen and presidents who are currently meeting in Dubai," the ECB statement read.

"ECB believes that it would be a great shame for the Champions League tournament to be deprived of teams and players by this change of date in bringing forward the respective events by a week and has called on BCCI to review all alternatives." (ANI)

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