Northamptonshire will not be allowed to take part in the Champions League even if they qualify from England's domestic Twenty20 tournament because the side contains three players associated with the unauthorized Indian Cricket League (ICL), league chairman Lalit Modi has said.
Northamptonshire have three players - Nicky Boje, Andrew Hall and Van der Wath - who have not severed ties with the ICL.
"Champions League rules are very clear that no team with players connected to any unauthorised cricket can be a part of it. Northants will be disqualified from the league if they enter the final (of England domestic T20 cricket) and there would be a vacant slot," Modi said.
If there is a vacancy, the spot could be filled by the Chennai Super Kings, who finished fourth in the second season of the IPL. The Bangalore Royal Challengers, Deccan Chargers and Delhi Daredevils have already qualified for the league.
Hyderabad, Bangalore and Delhi will host the inaugural Champions League between October 8 and 23.