South Africa to host Champions League

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The second edition of the Champions League Twenty20 tournament will be held in South Africa in September, Indian Premier League commissioner Lalit Modi has confirmed.

Cricket South Africa initially declared themselves hosts in February, but Modi revealed the country was only one of several to declare their "preparedness" to host the event.

Modi has now confirmed South Africa, which hosted the IPL last year, as the venue for the tournament, which will run from 10 to 26 September.

"The Governing Council has accepted Cricket South Africa's offer to host the tournament, with the venues and competing teams for the second edition of the world's premier domestic Twenty20 competition to be finalised in the coming weeks," Modi said.

"South Africa is considered an ideal Champions League host after successfully staging the IPL and the ICC World Twenty20 tournaments in recent years, as well as the strong support shown for its domestic Pro20 Series competition."

The tournament comprises the top teams from the domestic Twenty20 competitions in Australia, South Africa and India, the three founding boards, as well as teams from other Test playing nations. The Champions League Twenty20 governing council is scheduled to meet in May to finalise details of the tournament.

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