Champions League 2009 October 7, 2009

A Dummies Guide to the Champions League

 
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Deccan: they charge quite bit for their services, you know © Associated Press
 

So the big one is almost upon us. Over the next day or so, you can expect to be bombarded with Champions League previews, but frankly, you might as well ignore all of them, because this is the only appetite-whetter you’ll need. Armed with the Long Handle Dummies’ Guide to the Champions League, you will be able to bluff your way through those tricky CL conversations that will soon be taking place in offices, nightclubs, brothels and places of worship around the globe.

How Does It Work? The format is simplicity itself. A dozen teams play one another approximately 117 times in the first Super Eliminator Knock-Out Round. The squad with the most hamstring injuries will then drop out before we enter the Extra Special Decider Mini-League, from which the 10 least exhausted teams will progress, and so on. Eventually, after just 7102 pulsating matches, we will reach the Ultimate Supreme Champion Play-Off World Series Final, at the end of which the Indian team with the highest number of points will be declared the winner and will be named Supreme Overlords and Rulers of the Universe (2009), although they will have to defend their title almost immediately.

What Should We Look Out For? Some of the world’s finest commentators and Mark Nicholas have been polishing their adjectives in preparation for this feast of cricket, so you can expect some innovative and daring use of sponsors’ names during the long, long days ahead. Viewers should also be on the lookout for the early signs of Twenty20 fatigue, the first symptoms of which are an inability to remember which teams are playing, and a nagging feeling that Ravi Shastri is hiding in your wardrobe.

Teams To Watch

Deccan Chargers The reigning IPL champions, they got their name thanks to their habit of asking for exorbitant fees for getting out of bed, practising and smiling. In preparation for the Champions League, Deccan recently unveiled their new team logo: an enormous golden wheelbarrow full of currency notes.

Delhi Daredevils Qualified by virtue of not being the worst semi-finalists at IPL 2009, the Daredevils have been boosted by the absence of Paul Collingwood and have warmed up for this tournament with a team-bonding visit to the Bank of India.

Somerset Peasants/Sussex Nobodies May struggle to adapt to the heat, the travel and the presence of large numbers of spectators. Although they aren’t very good, all the English lads have brought their bank details with them and are hopeful of getting a result.

New South Wales Meat Pies The only serious challengers from outside India, the Meat Pies are planning a big celebration if they win the thing. To thank the folks of New South Wales, Simon Katich will be letting fans catch a glimpse of the yacht he hopes to buy with his winnings, and Brett Lee has promised not to sing.

Cape Chokers The current South African Twenty20 Champions, the Chokers only won their final playoff against the Border Bottlers when the other team got so nervous about the big day that they forgot to turn up. The Chokers still somehow managed to find themselves 10 for 2 after five overs, but then thankfully rain intervened and they scraped through under the Duckworth-Lewis system.

Andrew Hughes is a writer currently based in England

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  • paran on October 30, 2009, 23:57 GMT

    brilliant, brilliant, brilliant:P:D

  • ramesh on October 11, 2009, 7:58 GMT

    Andrew, too good - brilliant stuff! i love reading your articles and blogs... keep them going! Have a feeling your stuff wld be more entertaining than the cricket we get to see in CL, which is just going to be more bowler-bashing!!

  • Safiya on October 10, 2009, 17:26 GMT

    People gotta be insane to watch games like this (no offence guys if you do watch it) it has no cricket spirit what so ever. anyways great article, Modi really should read this.

  • Gowri on October 9, 2009, 3:01 GMT

    Great article lol..! Modi & Co should go thro this. During the innings breaks of IPL, he wud've thought "i'll be jobless when IPL completes. So lemme find a way to hire myself". This tournement is pure gimmick and we handed cricket to "Money Market" & results started pouring. Whatever said, it wil surely be good platform for youngsters to shine ( apart from carrying drinks for seniors).

  • neil on October 8, 2009, 19:56 GMT

    after the cape chokers game tonight , the form book might change just a little eh andrew hasno clues

  • Rauf on October 8, 2009, 19:32 GMT

    "Champions League" T20 without the T20 world champions. I don't think even Lalit Modi can keep a straight face trying to put any kind of spin on it. Great article though.

  • Dark ferns on October 8, 2009, 15:49 GMT

    I wonder what King Modi will do after reading this?He will probably make you a rebel columnist,ban you from writing forever and send a scornful letter to you about how displeased His Modiness is(obviously,he is under the false illusion that he is ICC's new chief). So McGrath finally has got a chance to play after warming benches for the last season?This is a very good indication of how high and mighty Modi treats international players.Is McGrath worse that the indian district cricketers? If ever there will be a columnist of the year award,you are sure to get our vote.Keep updating.

  • Stanley Varghese on October 8, 2009, 15:30 GMT

    my oh! My!

    Dear Andrew,

    Your article is gona creat a sizzle in here! :). Keep on spreading more such humor. Hey people as such the world is so complicated dont take this article to heart, enjoy the humour and enjoy the league.

    PEACE!

  • Barn on October 8, 2009, 12:51 GMT

    Having seen all the positive comments attached to this article I decided to read it again and no, it's still not even remotely amusing.

  • james on October 8, 2009, 12:16 GMT

    Hilarious article its veryy funny and i admire your sense of humour. I really wish i could be that funny

  • paran on October 30, 2009, 23:57 GMT

    brilliant, brilliant, brilliant:P:D

  • ramesh on October 11, 2009, 7:58 GMT

    Andrew, too good - brilliant stuff! i love reading your articles and blogs... keep them going! Have a feeling your stuff wld be more entertaining than the cricket we get to see in CL, which is just going to be more bowler-bashing!!

  • Safiya on October 10, 2009, 17:26 GMT

    People gotta be insane to watch games like this (no offence guys if you do watch it) it has no cricket spirit what so ever. anyways great article, Modi really should read this.

  • Gowri on October 9, 2009, 3:01 GMT

    Great article lol..! Modi & Co should go thro this. During the innings breaks of IPL, he wud've thought "i'll be jobless when IPL completes. So lemme find a way to hire myself". This tournement is pure gimmick and we handed cricket to "Money Market" & results started pouring. Whatever said, it wil surely be good platform for youngsters to shine ( apart from carrying drinks for seniors).

  • neil on October 8, 2009, 19:56 GMT

    after the cape chokers game tonight , the form book might change just a little eh andrew hasno clues

  • Rauf on October 8, 2009, 19:32 GMT

    "Champions League" T20 without the T20 world champions. I don't think even Lalit Modi can keep a straight face trying to put any kind of spin on it. Great article though.

  • Dark ferns on October 8, 2009, 15:49 GMT

    I wonder what King Modi will do after reading this?He will probably make you a rebel columnist,ban you from writing forever and send a scornful letter to you about how displeased His Modiness is(obviously,he is under the false illusion that he is ICC's new chief). So McGrath finally has got a chance to play after warming benches for the last season?This is a very good indication of how high and mighty Modi treats international players.Is McGrath worse that the indian district cricketers? If ever there will be a columnist of the year award,you are sure to get our vote.Keep updating.

  • Stanley Varghese on October 8, 2009, 15:30 GMT

    my oh! My!

    Dear Andrew,

    Your article is gona creat a sizzle in here! :). Keep on spreading more such humor. Hey people as such the world is so complicated dont take this article to heart, enjoy the humour and enjoy the league.

    PEACE!

  • Barn on October 8, 2009, 12:51 GMT

    Having seen all the positive comments attached to this article I decided to read it again and no, it's still not even remotely amusing.

  • james on October 8, 2009, 12:16 GMT

    Hilarious article its veryy funny and i admire your sense of humour. I really wish i could be that funny

  • Sitanshu Shekhar on October 8, 2009, 12:03 GMT

    Actually, I find all the complaining by my paksitani friends a lot funier than Andrew's article (not that Andrew's article is not hilarious).

    It was the Pakistani govt. that had initially banned Pakistani players from travelling to India for the IPL. The BCCI then called their bluff and didn't let their players play in either the IPL (which was held in SA) or the Champions league.

    It doesn't really matter whether the pakistanis play or not, the IPL was great fun, and the CL will not be any different.

  • shakester on October 8, 2009, 10:45 GMT

    haha! brilliant!

  • Jason on October 8, 2009, 6:57 GMT

    CLT20 is a ridiculous idea. It should be banned. And isn't the "Champions League" a copyrighted name of the UEFA?

  • Nick on October 8, 2009, 6:51 GMT

    @Andrew

    Very funny post I had a giggle, even though you slated my home team (Cobras). Theres just a teeny wrong fact, the cobras played the Diamond Eagles (from Bloemfontein not Border) in the final, that's why they (Eagles) are the other SA team in the comp.

  • Phani on October 8, 2009, 6:16 GMT

    What guide this has been... Rearrly funny.. I was hoping to get stat by a Dummies Guide... But this has turned out to be very very funny article..great job Andrew..I suspect you are the "Fack IPL Player" :), how is ur sponsor,BTW :)

  • Corky on October 8, 2009, 5:52 GMT

    re:"...conversations ...in brothels".

    I understand the correct term is "Negotiations ...".

    And you did not mention the gamblers. Or are they included in the concept above?

  • Ben Shenton on October 8, 2009, 4:26 GMT

    Very very funny. I love humor and with the overload of quick entertainment and results foisted upon us I have to laugh. Being an avid lover of cricket I never complain but I can't help but wonder at the worth of it all.

  • tara on October 8, 2009, 4:06 GMT

    IPL is replete with buttock strains among its sponsors,commentators et al. Only poor Paul Collingwood has admitted to having one.

  • Aniqah on October 8, 2009, 3:21 GMT

    An excellent introduction to this tournament for poor souls who are in the dark like me. Thank you for the warning so I can keep an eye out for Ravi Shastri.

  • Louwtjie on October 8, 2009, 1:30 GMT

    Well said Andrew. To all the complainers about this blogg, stay away. No one is forcing you to read it. The rest of us will read it for what it is, FUN.

    Keep it up Andrew.

  • victor trumpet on October 7, 2009, 23:21 GMT

    Ha ha. The measure of someone's intelligence is if they laugh or object. I'm laughing as much at the idiots who object to this piece (you know who you turkeys are) as Mr. Hughes satire. Keep sticking it to them mate.

  • Pulkit Chandna on October 7, 2009, 22:35 GMT

    Andrew, i felt there was just too much emphasis on the moolah. went from being satirical to impish to vexing in a matter of few paras.but hey who cares it is funny all the same. cheers

  • jag on October 7, 2009, 21:25 GMT

    that's hilarious ;)

  • Capil on October 7, 2009, 21:14 GMT

    Well to start with I'm glad Mr. Harish and Mr. Andrew have had their reconciliation.Now coming to commercialization of cricket,i think it's only good for cricket.If it wasn't for the IPL n CLT20,some of the lesser known players would never have got a chance to rub shoulders with the elites of the game.N now even players who don't make their national team will be able to make good money.N for players from teams like Sussex or Otago it'll be a dream come true playing in front of 50000 people.N even Ranji players play in empty stadiums.So this is their chance,their moment to be on the world stage.N just ask the players n the teams,they'll tell you how much it means to them.So we have a tournament that means a lot to the players n provide wonderful entertainment to the viewers.What more can one ask for?

  • george on October 7, 2009, 20:26 GMT

    this guy has got it completely wrong it is not somerset peasents it is somerset legends somerset will win with the experience of trescothick and langer and the young with suppiah hildreth and kieswetter watch out for them i bet you they will beat deccan on saturday afternoon watch fot the SOMERSET SABERS they are they dark horse in the competiton

  • lol on October 7, 2009, 19:34 GMT

    Great article. Still laughing! I agree that T20 is being over done but still its fun to watch some of my favorite players play. But the number of T20 matches a year can be reduced.

  • kj on October 7, 2009, 19:31 GMT

    Andrew seems to have a very strange sense of humour. I don't think I can take it for 2 weeks.

  • Azam on October 7, 2009, 18:49 GMT

    A competition with only one pakistan player, that who hasnt played for pakistan for 2 years ... dissapointed in that t20 winners have not got a team representing them.. pakistan would have added excitement to the tournament... you have to balance something like this much better... cricket will never be like football,ie the premiership x

  • Vijay Phanidhar S on October 7, 2009, 17:41 GMT

    Insightful article Andrew! I didn't know anything about this tournament before I read this article... and I still don't.

  • JK on October 7, 2009, 16:24 GMT

    Very funny article. I am Indian and I can surely see the funny side of it. All cricket should be now described with the acronyms BWC07 (before the t20 wc of 2007) and AWC07. That win for India has dramatically changed the cricketing landscape. Needless to say with this year round cricket schedule, India will find it hard to field a full strength XI for any ICC FTP events! Now we have a good excuse for exiting world events even before the final rounds.....

  • Harish on October 7, 2009, 16:10 GMT

    @Andrew, Thanks for the response. Appreciated. I have been following your blog and have enjoyed your subtle humor immensely so far. We cricket lovers have strong sentiments, don't we! I am really looking forward to the CLT20 for the opportunity it provides some of the young cricketers like Darren Bravo, Lendl Simmons, Manish Pandey, Isuru Udana - to name a few... What a chance for these guys to make a name in the world stage - even if most of them missed an IPL contract. Keep the humor rolling through the tournament! Cheers!

  • Dave on October 7, 2009, 15:35 GMT

    Delhi boosted by the absence of Colly? I think not. They'll need to find a new drinks waiter, for a start.

  • Faisal Taquie on October 7, 2009, 15:31 GMT

    ICC and BCCI are killing the game. Too much cricket these days! What is the purpose of this Champions league right after IPL, T20 World Cup, and Champions Trophy.....just to kill the goose? On top of it, what is the Champions League without anybody from the Champion team, and if you don't remember, it is Pakistan!

  • Seeker on October 7, 2009, 14:59 GMT

    Just goes to show how people who are not making money are jealous of people who are making money and are successfull.

    These guys dedicated themselves to cricket and are making money, whats wrong with it. If I dedicate myself at something, I would too. Please be kind.

  • surya on October 7, 2009, 14:42 GMT

    @ harish honestly,these satiristic pieces are a welcome change from the dumb"IPl has changed my life,IPL will change cricket interviews" and overtly IPl partial articles..everyone i turn to,i find rather shameful exhibition of pro-IPL ideas that i find this cricinfo page 2 a welcome change..I felt really empty after the IPL-2 got over and cricinfo removed its page 2..nice that they are back and wish that they continue

  • Chintu on October 7, 2009, 14:33 GMT

    Nice article. Hilarious at times though hurts sentiments a little (not mine though). I am against these T20...so much of T20 stuff ..After a while it will start boring and there will be no viewers for these (unlike ODI and tests). I remember lot of International cricketers saying they have a busy schedule. Not sure how they manage for these domestic cricket and also IPL. Goes on to prove that "money matters"...

  • Shailendra Rao on October 7, 2009, 14:02 GMT

    Are you the one who calls himself the "FAKE IPL PLAYER"..??

    Humourous article sir! Please continue your satirical blogging throughout the tournament- after all, we need some entertainment too.

  • Sriram on October 7, 2009, 13:44 GMT

    @Andrew,

    You missed out "Citi moment of Success", "Reliance Wide", "Reebox NoBall", "LalitModi PowerPlay", "Bollywood Bouncer" et all...

  • Dubby on October 7, 2009, 13:42 GMT

    Very enjoyable article. I didn't realize it was a parody until I reached "The squad with the most hamstring injuries will then drop out before we enter the Extra Special Decider Mini-League".

    I agree with those who feel the tournament will be the loser because of the absence of the exciting (and unpredictable) Pakistani players, but the reasons are well known.

    Harish - Lighten up. If you are going to blow a fuse every time someone on Cricinfo maligns or mocks the BCCI (occasionally justifiably) then you're in big trouble.

    For those who criticise, just remeber that no one forced the world's best to turn up. They could have all said "No".

  • Alastor on October 7, 2009, 13:39 GMT

    Superb stuff, my stomach is still aching. Andrew, you summed up the whole 45 game (at least it seemed that long) Aus V Eng ODI snore-fest perfectly, and now this! Hilarious! With the international players dropping like flies (Smith, De Villiers, Ryder, Vettori... and there is still 24 hours to go before the thing starts, plenty of time for a few more groin strains, buttock niggles and hammy tears) all I can say is thank goodness these are T20s. At least they are over quickly, dismal over rates permitting.

  • Sumit Agrawal on October 7, 2009, 13:36 GMT

    "Humor cannot be misused to ridicule all things organized by the IPL organizer."

    I disagree with, Mr. Harish... Commercialization of cricket IS a ridiculous thing... And no amount of bashing up the BCCI for it is unjustified... And as I can foresee, this tournament is going to be a bit of a squash! The teams invited are really too weak to compete with the IPL teams... Save a few upsets, it is going to be ridiculous...

    And one more thing... Barring the World Cups, Asian Games, Commonwealth games, Olympics, etc. India will now be reluctant to invite any Pakistani team, player, manager, commentator, coach, sweeper, curator, etc. of any sport for at least a decade... [What I fail to understand is what has a terrorist attack in Mumbai got to do with Cricket?] And which Paki team is good enough to participate against the (over-flooded, over-paid and over-rated) IPL teams anyway?...

  • amar on October 7, 2009, 13:03 GMT

    Hey Andrew, funny but you forgot a few of the teams:

    The Otago Dolts: New Zealands finest, they will be taking on the rest with the now legendary cataincy skills of McCullum. Having taken Kisten's dossier to heart, they have brought their own sheep along instead of the pesky WAGS

    The Victorians: The cross channel cousins of the Dolts, they will be bringing in David Hussey in lieu of the sheep.

    The Tobaggans: This lively bunch is more likely to slide straight into the post match party than to show up for the match, being well aware of their chances of actually winning any games.

    The Beagles: This little puppy is going to get seriousy kicked around, causing howls of protest from the SPCA.

    The Wyambums: The whipping boys of the tournament, they are here solely to keep Roebuck interested.

  • henry on October 7, 2009, 12:57 GMT

    Very nice, keep it up Andrew. And please don't bother replying to the humourless young gentlemen that will defend anything IPL-related (and are probably on the BCCI's payroll..)! Actually, it might be good to see an article lampooning those folk!

  • Lol on October 7, 2009, 12:37 GMT

    I think it's exciting times for a cricket lover. If you love watching T20, you cannot complain about the CL 2009. Common guys, won't we love watching the contest between Peter Siddle and Adam Gilchrist?

  • Bhanu Prasad on October 7, 2009, 12:25 GMT

    This article is a undeniable proof that cricinfo is a bunch of liberal left-leaning communist columnists that hate anything and everything that has word "market" associated with it

  • Moin on October 7, 2009, 12:00 GMT

    Awesome!!!

    Brilliant article.

    I will be following all your posts from now.

    The 'Cape Chokers' was 2 gud :)

  • Rick Jimmy on October 7, 2009, 11:49 GMT

    Ridiculous article. Could've been written by any number of 12 year olds.

  • Andrew Henshaw on October 7, 2009, 11:15 GMT

    Brilliant satire my friend! @Harish: i don't think the writer is at all scoffing at prize money and entertainment in general - it is more the sheer artificality of it all, coupled with ridiculous scheduling (too much cricket) and the fact that a global tournament ended roughly 3 days ago.

  • surya on October 7, 2009, 10:59 GMT

    the article doesnt sound hilarious..and before mocking a player make sure you do it on the basis of his/her performance..colly has a decent strike rate...and what is a page 2 article without the name modi?..[:D]

  • bilal on October 7, 2009, 10:52 GMT

    @Andrew, I loved every bit of this article. It made my day!Hilarious! Beware Andrew! IPL commission is after you!

  • Fan on October 7, 2009, 10:49 GMT

    Don't forget the Bangalore Royal Burpers They managed to reach the final as their opponents could not handle their burping skills but unfortunately they are scared of bulls.

  • Richard S on October 7, 2009, 10:31 GMT

    Good comedy. Risky having a dig at an Indian anything on Cricinfo though. Will this be televised?

  • Mr. C on October 7, 2009, 10:29 GMT

    @Harish

    "Humor cannot be misused to ridicule all things organized by the IPL organizer."

    Entirely correct. This tournament is such a complete and utter joke that it is impossible to misuse humour in relation to it.

    The IPL itself is fair enough, as all teams are operating on a similar basis - throw pots of money at the best 20/20 (or most TV friendly...) players on the planet, and go for it. Nothing wrong with that.

    This Champions Thingy is contested between two teams built specifically for 20/20 with no expense spared, and a load of "normal" cricket teams. It's little more than a chance to sell adverting space to Indian television audiences. The outcome is a foregone conclusion. It's like a less camp version of professional wrestling.

  • nitz on October 7, 2009, 10:10 GMT

    brilliant article!soo funny! keep up the good work andrew.

  • Vettykumar on October 7, 2009, 10:02 GMT

    brilliant article..very funny!! but then the format of the tournament isn't bad..losing one game wouldn't throw a team out of the competition and having the chance to witness teams for multiple nations compete in T20 in India is a blessing!!

  • Bernard on October 7, 2009, 9:57 GMT

    Will Trescothick be playing?

  • Andrew Hughes on October 7, 2009, 9:56 GMT

    Thanks all, for your comments

    Harish - I appreciate your thoughtful sentiments but I can assure you that there is no malign intention here. I will be watching the Champions League, just as I watched the IPL, the World Twenty20, the Ashes and the Champions Trophy (although I admit I drifted off during the Natwest Series). I am an avid cricket watcher and any gentle mockery I have aimed at this tournament is semi-affectionate as I will be spending the next few weeks in the company of the aforementioned Mr Shastri and his esteemed commentary colleagues.

  • Manish Kumar Sharma on October 7, 2009, 9:54 GMT

    Ha Ha.. Brilliant

    My 'underwear' is off as a mark of salute.

  • Abul Hasan Jafri on October 7, 2009, 9:30 GMT

    Very well written, I really enjoyed it. This "championship" will badly suffer due to absence of Pakistani sides. The viewers will be the losers as they will miss seeing many exiting players in action.

  • Mr. C on October 7, 2009, 9:29 GMT

    "That reminds me of a question.. whats a buttock strain and how did Pauli C. get it?"

    I've no idea, but apparently a new ring has been detected around Saturn.

  • Kcila on October 7, 2009, 9:26 GMT

    Excellent stuff! Exactly the type of reverence this superfluous tournament deserves!

  • Harish on October 7, 2009, 9:09 GMT

    @Andrew, The attempt at mocking the CLT20 has only succeeded to the extent of a few half-smile inducing phrases. The intent behind this article is worrying. If Cricket for entertainment and money is to be scoffed at - then the English county T20 summer needs to be a prime target. It tries unsuccessfully to provide any fun to the spectators/ money to its players. Humor cannot be misused to ridicule all things organized by the IPL organizer. Not that I have any stake in the CLT20, but surely there is a case for entertaining fans around the world. It is not that the world has 100000 better sources of entertainment anyway! I only wish satire/ sarcasm would be used better by an author of such pedigree.

  • Malik Nadeem Awan on October 7, 2009, 8:50 GMT

    yes i think it will be good tournment but it would have been a great if pakistani side was in it bcoz their side is really nice and have some explosive players but hopefully it will be good tournment.

  • az on October 7, 2009, 8:05 GMT

    brilliant mark nicholas call haha

  • ed on October 7, 2009, 8:01 GMT

    Hey Charanjeet - it's not just a buttock strain, according to his coach 'he's picked up a minor niggle in his buttock'. There's a statement that had to be carefully phrased!

  • Ahmed on October 7, 2009, 7:54 GMT

    Hahaha, that's hilarious :D

    " the Daredevils have been boosted by the absence of Paul Collingwood "

  • Saadat Farooq on October 7, 2009, 7:34 GMT

    How and why one time T20 world Champion and one time runner up team/country is not invited, best T20 players/teams belong to Pakistan, how this tournament is complete until/unless any Paki team is not involved/invited.

  • Charanjeet Singh on October 7, 2009, 7:09 GMT

    Andrew, You are great! I bow down to you.. facing you That reminds me of a question.. whats a buttock strain and how did Pauli C. get it?

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  • Charanjeet Singh on October 7, 2009, 7:09 GMT

    Andrew, You are great! I bow down to you.. facing you That reminds me of a question.. whats a buttock strain and how did Pauli C. get it?

  • Saadat Farooq on October 7, 2009, 7:34 GMT

    How and why one time T20 world Champion and one time runner up team/country is not invited, best T20 players/teams belong to Pakistan, how this tournament is complete until/unless any Paki team is not involved/invited.

  • Ahmed on October 7, 2009, 7:54 GMT

    Hahaha, that's hilarious :D

    " the Daredevils have been boosted by the absence of Paul Collingwood "

  • ed on October 7, 2009, 8:01 GMT

    Hey Charanjeet - it's not just a buttock strain, according to his coach 'he's picked up a minor niggle in his buttock'. There's a statement that had to be carefully phrased!

  • az on October 7, 2009, 8:05 GMT

    brilliant mark nicholas call haha

  • Malik Nadeem Awan on October 7, 2009, 8:50 GMT

    yes i think it will be good tournment but it would have been a great if pakistani side was in it bcoz their side is really nice and have some explosive players but hopefully it will be good tournment.

  • Harish on October 7, 2009, 9:09 GMT

    @Andrew, The attempt at mocking the CLT20 has only succeeded to the extent of a few half-smile inducing phrases. The intent behind this article is worrying. If Cricket for entertainment and money is to be scoffed at - then the English county T20 summer needs to be a prime target. It tries unsuccessfully to provide any fun to the spectators/ money to its players. Humor cannot be misused to ridicule all things organized by the IPL organizer. Not that I have any stake in the CLT20, but surely there is a case for entertaining fans around the world. It is not that the world has 100000 better sources of entertainment anyway! I only wish satire/ sarcasm would be used better by an author of such pedigree.

  • Kcila on October 7, 2009, 9:26 GMT

    Excellent stuff! Exactly the type of reverence this superfluous tournament deserves!

  • Mr. C on October 7, 2009, 9:29 GMT

    "That reminds me of a question.. whats a buttock strain and how did Pauli C. get it?"

    I've no idea, but apparently a new ring has been detected around Saturn.

  • Abul Hasan Jafri on October 7, 2009, 9:30 GMT

    Very well written, I really enjoyed it. This "championship" will badly suffer due to absence of Pakistani sides. The viewers will be the losers as they will miss seeing many exiting players in action.