The Cobras and Knights’ hopes of gathering fame and fortune in the Champions League Twenty20 might not come to fruition, as the Board of Control for Cricket in India consider abandoning the tournament.
The Cape Town- and Bloemfontein-based franchises qualified for the lucrative world contest on the back of successful campaigns in last year’s Ram Slam T20 Challenge, which saw the Cobras beat the Knights in the final.
The BCCI, however, might disband the competition this year, amid decreasing spectator numbers, falling television ratings and the increasing popularity of the Indian Premier League. The role of tournament co-owners, Cricket Australia and Cricket South Africa, will also need to be considered at Sunday’s governing council meeting in Dubai.
The CLT20, hosting domestic Twenty20 champions and runners-up from across the globe, has been staged on six occasions, twice in South Africa – in 2009 and 2012. The Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians have won the title twice, and the New South Wales Blues and Sydney Sixers once.
South Africa’s representatives were the Eagles and Cobras in 2009, Warriors and Lions in 2010, Warriors and Cobras in 2011, Titans and Lions in 2012 and 2013, and Dolphins and Cobras in 2014.
Cobras and Titans batsman Henry Davids boasts the most CLT20 runs by a South African: 496 in 13 innings at an average of 45.09. Spinner Roelof van der Merwe, who has played for Royal Challengers Bangalore, Somerset and the Titans, sports 18 wickets in 20 fixtures.