Not one IPL team has made it to the semi-finals of the Champions League Twenty20. Somewhere a marketing twat mournfully draws a descending line on a profit forecast.
Clearly having only three out of the eight IPL teams qualify for the Champions League leaves the cricketainment outfits woefully underrepresented. Next year, only the worst IPL side will fail to qualify by rights. It will have to play a qualifier against the winners of Zimbabwe’s domestic Twenty20 league.
Playing in home conditions on their home grounds didn’t help either. Home sides get a 20 run head start? Away sides have to spend the night before each match in a room full of weasels? Needless corrective footwear for opposition bowlers?