The Governing Council of the Champions League Twenty20 is learn’t to have approved the participation of Pakistan domestic Twenty20 champions Sialkot Stallions in this year’s event to be held in October at different venues in India.
Governing council’s approval was a mere formality after the BCCI Working Committee on May 12 had cleared the decks for the Pakistan outfit’s participation, a decision which has far reaching consequence in the revival of Indo-Pak bilateral cricket ties.
Pakistan will take part for first time in the Champions League Twenty20 since the event’s inception. The Working Committee had left it to the Champions League T20 Governing Council to take a final decision on the matter.
The Working Committee decision indicated a hardness in Indo-Pak bilateral cricket ties which had been snapped after the November 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai. It could also now pave the way for participation Pakistani players in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for the first time after 2008.
The Champions League T20 Governing Council also discussed on the format of the tournament and other issues related to logistics, according to a source.
Apart from India, the Governing Council has representatives from South Africa and Australia.
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