A Dog's Breakfast of Champions This Twenty20 Tournament Will Be Fun, but Standards Are Questionable
Soccer's UEFA Champions League is the world's foremost competition for professional clubs.
In field hockey, the FIH Champions Trophy is the international game's premier annual
But when it comes to cricket, it seems that every tournament with "Champions" in its title is
destined to be devalued, disparaged and generally to suffer from a serious credibility deficit.
For appetizers, there's the ICC Champions Trophy, whose greatest problem is irrelevance: This
always-the-bridesmaid tournament styled itself as a mini World Cup, but has never seized the
imagination of participants or fans amid the glut of international fixtures. It is to be shelved in
And so there's the Champions League Twenty20, which began Tuesday in South Africa. Its
troubles are more systemic—this is a tournament that was fated from the start to be undercut by
its own format and conventions.