Friday, September 23, 2011

Champions League T20 faces crucial test in India

Champions League T20 faces crucial test in India
New Delhi, September 22 (AP): The third edition of the Champions League Twenty20 gets under way in Bangalore on Friday with the tournament struggling to carve a niche for itself and experts blaming the short format of the game for increased injuries.
The 19-day tournament, featuring top domestic Twenty20 teams from around the world, comes immediately after India's disastrous tour of England, adding to the challenge for organizers hoping to popularize the tournament.
Organizers were left looking for a last-minute replacement for title sponsorship as India went from the high of a World Cup victory to the low of an England tour on which it failed to win a single game.
In between, India organized the six-week IPL that has been blamed for fatigue and injury to its players.
"The amount of cricket India are playing, they just cannot survive," West Indian great Michael Holding wrote in a column in The Asian Age newspaper this week, adding his opinion that players had their priorities wrong.
"Look at Harbhajan Singh, he was not fit to play the test and ODI series against England, but is fit this week to play club cricket and I would suggest that his return to full fitness was not a recent occurrence." Read More....


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