New Delhi: Defending IPL, former Indian cricket captain Sunil Gavaskar yesterday rubbished talks of the cash-rich Indian Premier League being the reason behind the scrapping of Champions League T20.

Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar

The suspension of IPL sides Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals and the scrapping of CLT20 happened in a span of 24 hours.

"There is no connection. I think completely different, the Champions League has four teams from the Indian Premier League, three teams get direct entry, the fourth team has to play the qualifier and there are two teams from Australia, two from South Africa, so I don't think anything to do with the IPL would have had an effect on the championship," Gavaskar, who had once served as BCCI's interim chief, told NDTV.

Gavaskar though is unable to explain the reason behind the shut down of what he thought was a fantastic tournament. "It was pretty much like the T20 leagues all over the world, which are very popular.

Caribbean Premier League, the Australian Big Bash are very well followed and even the T20 leagues in England and New Zealand. It's hard to put a finger why CLT20 hasn't been able to generate the same kind of interest."