Islamabad: Indian Premier League chairman Rajeev Shukla has told a private television channel that Pakistan's Sialkot Stallions will compete in this year's Champions League.

Shukla also said that the "decision will be stamped" in the Champions League's governing board meeting later on Monday in which Australia and South Africa will also participate.

This year's Champions League will be held in India and it will be the first time that Pakistan's domestic Twenty20 champions will be invited to the tournament.

The Champions League began in 2009. Last year the Mumbai Indians won the tournament.

Domestic champion teams from India, South Africa, England, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and the West Indies had participated in the previous three editions of the event.

It was scheduled to start in 2008, but was postponed after the terror attacks in Mumbai that killed 166 people straining political relations between Pakistan and India.

Tensions between the subcontinent neighbors also led to Pakistan players not being invited to the Indian Premier League over the last four years - an event that features players from various Test playing countries.

Shukla said that it was too early to confirm whether Sialkot Stallions' participation in the Champions League would pave the way for Pakistan players to participate in next year's IPL.

"This year's IPL finished yesterday, and there's a lot of time left in next year's event so just wait and see," he said.

Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Zaka Ashraf also went to Chennai to watch Sunday's IPL final in which Kolkata Knight Riders defeated two-time defending champion Chennai Super Kings.

Ashraf said before leaving for India that he would also raise the issue of reviving the bilateral cricket series that has not been played since the Mumbai attacks.


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