CLT20 to be played in India this year

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The Champions League T20 will not be played in the United Arab Emirates this year, despite much speculation, but will instead take place in India, as it did last year.

The Champions League T20 will not be played in the United Arab Emirates this year, despite much speculation, but will instead take place in India, as it did last year.

After meeting abut the location at the ICC AGM in Melbourne recently, the CLT20 board decided to keep the tournament in India, despite the last edition being hampered by monsoon rains.

BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel confirmed: "The venues and the dates will soon be finalised but it will be played in India."

The dates are thought to be in early September, the height of the rainy season, which comes as a bit of a surprise after the idea of holding it in the UAE was widely praised, especially after they did such a sterling job with the IPL.

BCCI president, in charge of the IPL, had said last month of that idea: "It is certainly a possibility because there are two aspects at the back of the BCCI's mind.

"The first is the weather in India at that stage, because it will be monsoon-ish still and the monsoon will be tapering off and you don't want to have matches washed out.

"And the fact that you know at that particular time there will be a lot of people wanting to come to Dubai."

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