Champions League Twenty20 2011 June 20, 2011

Six-team qualifier for Champions League

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The Champions League Twenty20, to be held in India from September 23 to October 9, will be preceded by a six-team qualifying stage that will see English teams back in the tournament. The matches will be held in Hyderabad (the qualifiers), Bangalore, Kolkata and Chennai, which will also stage the final.

Three teams from the qualifying stage will join the seven who've already qualified and play out the format used in 2010. The sides in the main round will be divided into two groups of five, with the top two from each qualifying for the semi-finals.

Kolkata Knight Riders, who finished fourth in the IPL this year, the Caribbean T20 Champions Trinidad and Tobago and the HRV Cup - New Zealand's domestic Twenty20 competition - title-winners Auckland Aces have been invited to participate in the qualifiers, to be held from September 19 to 21. One team from Sri Lanka and two from England are expected to join them, though those teams and the format for the qualifiers are yet to be decided. The qualifiers clash with the third Test between Sri Lanka and Australia, and in that case Kolkata as well as the Sri Lankan franchise could be deprived of players on national duty.

The seven confirmed participants include the top three from the IPL, and the winners and runners-up from the Big Bash in Australia and the Pro20 tournament in South Africa. They are Chennai Super Kings (IPL and CLT20 champions), Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians from the IPL; South Australia Redbacks and New South Wales Blues from the Big Bash, and the Warriors and Cape Cobras from South Africa. Pakistan are the only major Test-playing nation to not have teams play in either the qualifiers or the main round.

The main round will be split among Bangalore, Chennai and Kolkata. The opening game will be held at the Chinnaswamy Stadium while Chennai will stage a semi-final and the final.

The inaugural edition of the tournament in 2009 had 12 teams. The 2010 edition, which was played in South Africa, had ten teams, including New Zealand's Central Districts, who, among others, are yet to receive their prize money, leading to criticism by the Federation of International Cricketers' Associations (FICA), the players' representative body, of the organisers of the Champions League - the boards of Australia, India and South Africa. While Australia and South Africa have paid their teams the prize money, the rest are still waiting. However, a governing council member told ESPNcricinfo that the deposits would be made 'any day now.'

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  • on June 22, 2011, 15:52 GMT

    CLT 20 honestly doesn't seem like a world domestic league, seems more like another indian league, why is it held in India every time, the BCCI should control, the ICC should. It should atleast feel that like the UEFA CL. Maybe they should adopt their system. the number of teams participating from each country should be based on past perfromances from teams from those very countries

  • mahicric on June 21, 2011, 17:41 GMT

    To all pakistanis , it's basically Tit for Tat. Your PCB didn't allow pakistanis to play in second edition of IPL and also first edition of champions league. No one knows when will your PCB take out pakistani teams out of champions league once it is scheduled including Pakistan.

  • on June 21, 2011, 17:27 GMT

    I have a very simple answer for this issue, Everyone Knows that If Pakistani team play this tournament they are most likely gonna win it or at least make it to finals and this is what Indians dont like, they cannot compete with the likes of GUL, RAZZAK, IMRAN NAZIR, IMRAN FARHAT, AFRIDI, RANA NAVEED so let them make excuse and duck out cowardly, I am and was never fan of ICL/IPL anyway so I will count this so called Champions League another Indian local tournament which no one cares about.

  • vjkrthk on June 21, 2011, 15:32 GMT

    Guys it was Ijaz butt who ruled out pak teams from IPL and CLT20 on feb last year. And now mr.butt reacts as if he had suffered a memory loss.. I donno wats the point in blamming BCCI here.. And for all those who are criticising population, it is this indian population(viewership) for which SLC wants our fringe players to play SLPL.. and for the guy who talks abt tamil nadu, If not for Indian military aid.. ur nation will still be sufferring from war.

  • on June 21, 2011, 13:16 GMT

    Why one time champion.. one time runner's up & one time semi-finalist not in the CHAMPIONS LEAGUE?!! :O

  • on June 21, 2011, 12:52 GMT

    i find it amusing when people say it is highly influenced by bcci and how it kills cricket and blah blah blah again they say y pakistan is not on the CL ,i ask are u guys mad or what? take a stand or just watch the game not play it

  • on June 21, 2011, 12:39 GMT

    @ reality_check i will say to do as ur name suggests, pakistan team boycotted on the wake of mumbai attacks for security reasons???? wow IT was pakistan who made the attack at mumbai and they are afraid of themselves?

  • reality_check on June 21, 2011, 10:00 GMT

    ICC has made a window available for CLT20 in FTP then that means ICC is giving it's blessing to the tournament which means that all full ICC member teams should be allowed to play otherwise ICC looks like to be an extension of BCCI and nothing more.

  • reality_check on June 21, 2011, 9:53 GMT

    @mahicric: For the same reason India is refusing to send Indian team to tour Pakistan. BCCI/Indian govt refused to grant any security gaurantees to Pak players in wake of Mumbai attacks so PCB thought it's better to not allow them to go. They were allowed in IPL 3 and even IPL teams showed interest in few Pak players and after jumping thru all the legal hoops, Pak players were shunned at the auction. That's the small mindedness we are dealing with here.

  • reality_check on June 21, 2011, 9:47 GMT

    @Stumpbreaker: Are you implying that there was nothing but beach cricket for first 120 of 130 years that cricket has been around? Indian money into ICC is a recent 6-8 year phenomenon and already it does not look good for world cricket in the long run. Why? Because BCCI cannot walk and chew gum at the same time. More money does not automatically translate into better decision making.

  • on June 22, 2011, 15:52 GMT

    CLT 20 honestly doesn't seem like a world domestic league, seems more like another indian league, why is it held in India every time, the BCCI should control, the ICC should. It should atleast feel that like the UEFA CL. Maybe they should adopt their system. the number of teams participating from each country should be based on past perfromances from teams from those very countries

  • mahicric on June 21, 2011, 17:41 GMT

    To all pakistanis , it's basically Tit for Tat. Your PCB didn't allow pakistanis to play in second edition of IPL and also first edition of champions league. No one knows when will your PCB take out pakistani teams out of champions league once it is scheduled including Pakistan.

  • on June 21, 2011, 17:27 GMT

    I have a very simple answer for this issue, Everyone Knows that If Pakistani team play this tournament they are most likely gonna win it or at least make it to finals and this is what Indians dont like, they cannot compete with the likes of GUL, RAZZAK, IMRAN NAZIR, IMRAN FARHAT, AFRIDI, RANA NAVEED so let them make excuse and duck out cowardly, I am and was never fan of ICL/IPL anyway so I will count this so called Champions League another Indian local tournament which no one cares about.

  • vjkrthk on June 21, 2011, 15:32 GMT

    Guys it was Ijaz butt who ruled out pak teams from IPL and CLT20 on feb last year. And now mr.butt reacts as if he had suffered a memory loss.. I donno wats the point in blamming BCCI here.. And for all those who are criticising population, it is this indian population(viewership) for which SLC wants our fringe players to play SLPL.. and for the guy who talks abt tamil nadu, If not for Indian military aid.. ur nation will still be sufferring from war.

  • on June 21, 2011, 13:16 GMT

    Why one time champion.. one time runner's up & one time semi-finalist not in the CHAMPIONS LEAGUE?!! :O

  • on June 21, 2011, 12:52 GMT

    i find it amusing when people say it is highly influenced by bcci and how it kills cricket and blah blah blah again they say y pakistan is not on the CL ,i ask are u guys mad or what? take a stand or just watch the game not play it

  • on June 21, 2011, 12:39 GMT

    @ reality_check i will say to do as ur name suggests, pakistan team boycotted on the wake of mumbai attacks for security reasons???? wow IT was pakistan who made the attack at mumbai and they are afraid of themselves?

  • reality_check on June 21, 2011, 10:00 GMT

    ICC has made a window available for CLT20 in FTP then that means ICC is giving it's blessing to the tournament which means that all full ICC member teams should be allowed to play otherwise ICC looks like to be an extension of BCCI and nothing more.

  • reality_check on June 21, 2011, 9:53 GMT

    @mahicric: For the same reason India is refusing to send Indian team to tour Pakistan. BCCI/Indian govt refused to grant any security gaurantees to Pak players in wake of Mumbai attacks so PCB thought it's better to not allow them to go. They were allowed in IPL 3 and even IPL teams showed interest in few Pak players and after jumping thru all the legal hoops, Pak players were shunned at the auction. That's the small mindedness we are dealing with here.

  • reality_check on June 21, 2011, 9:47 GMT

    @Stumpbreaker: Are you implying that there was nothing but beach cricket for first 120 of 130 years that cricket has been around? Indian money into ICC is a recent 6-8 year phenomenon and already it does not look good for world cricket in the long run. Why? Because BCCI cannot walk and chew gum at the same time. More money does not automatically translate into better decision making.

  • Roamer on June 21, 2011, 9:45 GMT

    hmmm what about Pakistan? .... if I remember correctly ICC is planning for a window for this tournament in FTP then why the teams from Pakistan and Bangladesh should be snubbed from an opportunity to participate. If ICC really wants this tournament to flourish then use the UEFA formula and govern it impartially otherwise this should be regarded as a local tournament and there should not be any window for these kinds of tournaments like IPL, Champions League etc.

  • Bilal_Choudry on June 21, 2011, 8:42 GMT

    where is sialkot stallions

  • tick on June 21, 2011, 8:32 GMT

    on thing i can't underdtand is why indians think that without india there will be no cricket...cricket is played since 1880's..is pakistan taking money from india to play???if you are so much hyper about india's might in running cricket...do it in hockey,athletics,swimming????don't be ignorant that pakistan is best t20 team..ipl is indian and its right that pakistan is not allowed to play but champs league means all of world...1 REASON FROM EVERY ONE WHY PAKISTAN IS NOT ALLOWED????ANYONE???

  • on June 21, 2011, 8:30 GMT

    Its just sad to see a world event based on genuine bias and conspiracies. I dont see another explanation to Pakistan's exclusion. Pakistan is a major test playing nation a lot to put on table when it comes to on ground performance. its about time India recognizes that and put forward an approach that promotes the game and not its personal grudges. It seriously sounds like high school bullying. I believe ICC needs to take a note on this.

  • AllwinJ on June 21, 2011, 6:26 GMT

    I dont want to see four IPL teams in the champions league. Or they should change the name of the competition to "Champions and others league".

  • Badreshian on June 21, 2011, 5:45 GMT

    I think this is a biased approach on part of BCCI and ICC (I agree with Indian Cricket council) THE EXCLUSION OF PAKISTAN team from any format of the 20 20 cricket...We know there are Governance and other issues with PCB but its the Pak nation which is suffering from all this....Pakistan with its unprectible nature is one of the most wanted team that the viewers would love to watch...its the media conspiracy which has left Pakistan behind other team; besides PCB and some players stupid and immature acts...ICC should take a lead role and should Pak playes and teams in such events...This would also millions of Pakistanis to watch these tournament with interest...Moreover, Pak players are the best players of this shorter version of the game...as Pak team is winner, runner ups in the final and semi finalist in all the three T20 World Cups organized so far.....

  • jonesy2 on June 21, 2011, 5:02 GMT

    hang on, is this being held when aus test team are in sth africa? if not and nsw have a full strength team then its a no contest. warner, watson, katich, henriques, hughes, lee, hauritz, smith, starc, cummins, okeefe. ouch.

  • mathewjohn2176 on June 21, 2011, 4:41 GMT

    @farooq alam khan,india won the inagural world cup t20.This is nothing to do with t20 world cup results.Its a dometic tournaments where BCCI has 50% share and remaining 35% by south africa and 17 % by cricket australia.So automatically they qualify for the CLT20 where as others have to qualify for it.Why no pakistan team,because PCB refused the players to participate in CLT20 in the first season due to wake up of mumbai attack.you have to enroll before certain period of time but PCB refused to do so.so pakistan team cut down from CLT20.And this continues this season as well.u just cant blame BCCI for each and everything wrong happening at your end.Its a mix of three boards BCCI,CSA and CA

  • sumeetpaul on June 21, 2011, 4:26 GMT

    I am an Indian and I feel there are too many IPl teams playing in this tournament. The 1st one had 12 teams in total, out of which 3 were from IPL. But this time, if KKR qualifiy, 4 out of 10 teams would be from IPL which makes it a mini-IPL again... which is senseless.... The finalists of the IPL should automatically qualify, while the 3rd and 4th spot teams of IPL should play in an 8 team qualifier. then if both IPL teams still qualify, that shud be justified based on their talent.... but this format is ridiculous....!! Too much of IPL going on now...!! we want some internation cricket ICC!! we INDIANS want some international cricket!! Please!!

  • on June 21, 2011, 4:12 GMT

    why not any team from Pakistan???

  • Masud_BITK on June 21, 2011, 4:07 GMT

    Please delete ICC and make only I-BCCI that all are going on. Delete Test and 1-day, make T20 only what is the goals of I-BCCI. Good luck for bad intention.

  • harshacc on June 21, 2011, 3:04 GMT

    TRhis is riidculous.They expect the winners with the leagues to compete with 4th place finisher of the IPL? . iF YOU WANT THE 4TH PLACE TEAM TO HAVE A SHOT THEN IT LEAST IT SHOULD COMPETE AGAINST THE RUNNERS UP OF THE OTHER LEAGUES THAN THE WINNERS

  • on June 21, 2011, 0:15 GMT

    they play IPL, they play CLT20, and then they still cant live upto the mark in an international event and struggle to even maintain their identity(as they have not won a single match in super 8s of last 2 T20 worldcups), so what is the use of these sick tournaments BCCI??? Plus, india has seen 4 seasons of IPL and they have only got 4 or 5 players (Virat Kohli and Ashwin being the most prominent) whom they can induce in their national sides?? i mean thats so sad that a country with worlds second largest population is so short on talent !! and honestly, if u see all those 4 seasons of IPL, any prudent man would notice that major show stoppers were being the international guys not the indians !!!!

  • shawnsundar on June 20, 2011, 23:02 GMT

    Trinidad! (jump up)...Trinidad!...Trinidad! (jump up)...Trinidad!....Where My People!!!!!!!

  • Stumpbreaker on June 20, 2011, 22:40 GMT

    Without indian money all the countries wud be playing beach cricket instead.. 80% of the money to ICC come from India.. which gets distributed to other test n non test nations.Champions league is based on the billion dollar contract with an Indian company and naturally they wud only make money if its exciting to the indian fans. If other nations dont like it.. they shud not accept the invites and stick to playing beach cricket instead.

  • Meety on June 20, 2011, 22:38 GMT

    The tournament looks to have a better make up then last year which didn't have any Pommie involvement. My only gripe is that if you include the qualifying stage - there will be 4 IPL teams. I think 2 pre-qualified + 1 qualifier is more then enough IPL teams, given the home grown talent is in reverse proportion to the other sides competing. Pity the tournament will clash with the more important test match. Cynically you could say that would ensure that NSW in particular will not be at full strength. Still a bowling attack with Lee, Clark & Cummins (maybe O'Keefe or Hauritz), with Warner, Katich, Roher & Henriques will be tough to beat. Go the Sth Ozzys as they will probably be at full strength!!!!

  • wgtnpom on June 20, 2011, 21:33 GMT

    Setting Sun - I agree teams shouldn't have to qualify but actually the UEFA Champions League also has different entry stages and different numbers of places for different countries. However there are 50+ countries in UEFA - cricket is a small enough community that every country should have ONE place (all the Full Members anyway, making a total of 10 teams and an ideal size competition), not 4 for IPL - that's ridiculous. Someone else said you need IPL teams to attract TV and money - if the CL can't attract $$ in a pure form, do we need it at all? It's getting in the way of real cricket, with the qualifying stage clashing with a Test match. This year's IPL (which wasn't televised in NZ, not that that bothered me) seems to have been a bit of a flop compared to previous ones. Is the bubble bursting already? The IPL is nothing more than a domestic tournament just with more money splashed around by greedy Indian fatcats who don't actually care about the game.

  • tauk on June 20, 2011, 21:27 GMT

    look at whats happening!the team(india) which hasn't won a single match in super 8s of last two t20 tournaments is getting four slots in the league and the team(Pakistan) which has qualified for two t20 finals and a semi final spot last year there is no sign of them,and yet they call it champions league.I mean no offense but this makes me sick of icc and there work.

  • chrisgus on June 20, 2011, 21:26 GMT

    indians still not paid for last year. why am i not suprised?

  • on June 20, 2011, 20:17 GMT

    Why do only the Indian, Australian and south African teams automatically qualify? Why do the new zealand and windies teams have to qualify especially when multiple teams from the big three qualify? That's outrageous

  • on June 20, 2011, 20:04 GMT

    @realnavtej_i agree its not an ICC event but shouldnt they just try to intervene it....atleast convince the BCCI to include a Pakistani team....improving cricketing relations is something they should work on...no doubt the BCCI has extreme influence on ICC...more likely stands for Indian Cricket Council!!!4 teams from India_you call that a champions league???

  • realnavtej on June 20, 2011, 18:43 GMT

    @nadir....dude, its not an ICC event... @aayush,,, eng had their chance when they wer invited to join the board... they refused it for stanford t20....then they begged the board to take them in later when stanford got arrested. this is why they are not directly in the league. Aus(25), IND(50) and RSA(25) are the countries on the board,, others are just given invitations to play..and judging by the share and fanbase, its ok if india get 4 teams as the other boards(aus and sa) are not opposed to the idea.

  • mahicric on June 20, 2011, 18:42 GMT

    Some Pakistani please answer, whey PCB refused to send their players to participate in second edition of IPL??????? Because of that BCCI is not allowing Pakistanis in any of the BCCI organised events. Before commenting please know the history first

  • on June 20, 2011, 18:05 GMT

    Surprise to learn that the World Class Team PAKISTAN is not in Champions League, Pakistan , The only team in world played all three World T20 final's, Once Champion, Twice Semifinalist, The most dangerous team of T20 and ODI's. Today what so ever power BCCI has only due to PCB just read the history "In the 1970s when India weren't as great a team as it is today, they debated and propagated formulation of the Asian Cricket Council and though meekly, not as strongly as Pakistan, they also played their part in helping Sri Lanka (Ceylon) acquire ICC's full member status. Pakistan's A.H. Kardar was almost subcontinent's unparalleled hero. He had driven the campaign to bolster Asia and to strip England and Australia their rights of veto at the ICC." BCCI forget it, but lets see how long you will run the affairs of ICC alike. What would be the reaction from Indian Fans , if Pakistan has done this with Indian teams. Shame on BCCI and shame on ICC

  • Wesle on June 20, 2011, 16:49 GMT

    CSK the ACL champions of 2011:)- No doubts:)-

  • on June 20, 2011, 16:49 GMT

    a good format as IPL teams will generate TRP and crowds especially KKR but i think two eng teams should be there with champ getting automatic entry to main tournement and runner up in qualifier rather than both coz eng is also a t20 superhouse and will have good teams and i am suprised why mumbai is not hosting matches rather than kol and hyd maybe coz of rain in mumbai so riskfree but other cities are arent as free of rain so lets hope for the best

  • on June 20, 2011, 15:41 GMT

    Lets get some facts right Pakistan is the country where t/20 all started domestic teams used to play 20/20 during the fasting month.Now every one thinks that it was their idea all that these countries did was to take this new thing to global audience. Sailkot is one of the best teams in the world when it comes to t/20. BBCI which runs ICC thinks that by banning or not picking pakistani players or teams in these sort of events they going to destroy pakistani talent LOL even if pakistan national team and the A team gets banned pakistan still has enough talent that can keep pakistan going till the end of times. BCCI asks ICC to jump and ICC says how high ICC is full of idiots too scared and too weak.

  • on June 20, 2011, 15:19 GMT

    This is so lame.Its more or less the Indians Champions League.....4 teams from India??is the ICC joking because they are the ones responsible for equality!!!!I mean where z the Pakistani side???its actually a joke_no one would want to watch this League....how can one find out which is the best domestic producing country if you just dont have equal number of teams from each country are not participating...shame on you BCCI and ICC....and please stop ignoring Pakistan!!

  • EjazMahmood on June 20, 2011, 15:11 GMT

    @ Gobu Thondaiman. By your logic, the number of teams playing international cricket must be adjusted according to their population. Thats a very interesting concept. By that standard, India should have 10 test teams and 12 one day teams playing international cricket and the number of teams be increased by 1 or 2 teams every year taking into account the population. By that logic, I think it must be pretty embarrassing when team India losses to a state team like Sri Lanka.

  • on June 20, 2011, 14:57 GMT

    i hink having a qualifier is fine as ipl team attract crowds and trp especially kkr but eng team too would so 1 should qualify and 1 in qualifier

  • on June 20, 2011, 14:12 GMT

    Why the hell are people saying where is the ICC? You lot have no Cricketing knowledge do you. As much as i'd love to see Pakistan's domestic teams in the Champions league i want to remind you that the IPL, Champions league, Big Bash, Friends life T20 have nothing to do with the ICC. There associated with there own Boards.

  • on June 20, 2011, 14:00 GMT

    Mumbai has produced better pitch than Kolkata and Chennai. Why that stadium is not hosting the CL T20 ? can anybody suggest me ?

  • newMachine on June 20, 2011, 13:43 GMT

    I love indian cricket but the BCCI is trying to dictate the direction of international cricket...population my !@@# i am always in support of an ipl team to win but 4 in the competition is not right

  • on June 20, 2011, 13:32 GMT

    Re: Gobu Gondaiman how can you use population as justification to have more teams from one country when the champions league is a world event? and also i'm guessing you would be the first one to be embarassed when sri lanka beats india since sri lanka's population is less than a 1/20 of india's population, AND it would be even more embarassing if they beat tamil nadu! you would think a country that was t20 world champions would at least feature one domestic team at a CHAMPIONS league!!

  • on June 20, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    What is this nonsense about a qualifying round? Why is is not sufficient for teams from West Indies, England, Sri lanka, and New Zealand to just win their domestic Leagues? Why 4 IPL teams?

    It seems that a fairer allotment of teams from the currently participating nations would be Austrailia (2), South Africa (2), Endland (1), West Indies (1), and New Zealand (1). There you have your 10 teams and the organizing boards still get more teams in, than the others. If the qualifying round is about getting a few extra games in to make some money for India, then go back to 12 teams and have 1 each from Pakistan and Bangladesh.

  • on June 20, 2011, 13:10 GMT

    This is just stupid....Y do u want qualifiers for a global tournament like CLT20 (where the best T20 clubs from around the world participate in the event)....and y there is not a Pakistani team....I think the BCCI shd 4get all the poltical differences n also bring in a Pak team for this tourney....Acc 2 me...the format shd consist of 14 teams {3 IPL teams, 2 frm Aus, 2 from RSA, 2 frm Eng, 1 frm SL, WI, NZ, Pak,}..This will create a balance n all the top Test playing countries' clubs will get a chance 2 compete in this tournament...I bet this year CLT20 will b a super duper flop!!!!

  • Spike13 on June 20, 2011, 13:06 GMT

    how can they overlook pakistan alot of people like to see them play if they whant more audience call pakistani t/20 team this is just ridiculous that they arent asked agian. another tournament that I wont watch

  • DivyanandValsan on June 20, 2011, 13:05 GMT

    This is ridiculous and embarrassing..I am an indian...but i hate this special treatment being meted out to IPL teams...There should be teams from Pak, Bangla and Zim also...Also qualifiers for T20 winnners from Eng,SL and NZ? Unbelievable...Time that other Cricket boards show some backbone...

  • on June 20, 2011, 12:55 GMT

    CLT20 is becoming an Indian event...4 teams from India??wat a joke..also its an insult to English sides,especially the champions to play for the qualifiers..also no pakistani team...BCCI has gone nuts..1st no DRS then this...

  • peaceour on June 20, 2011, 12:54 GMT

    Royal challengers Bangalore might win because they have Gayl

  • on June 20, 2011, 12:52 GMT

    They can just have all the 10 IPL teams playing in the CLT20... Absolute nonsense this...

  • on June 20, 2011, 12:51 GMT

    @ Gobu Thondaiman It always is and always will be quality over quantity champ

  • on June 20, 2011, 12:49 GMT

    Another BORING CASH RICH T20 tournament on the cards. 4 IPL teams out of 10 is just ridiculous (if KKR qualifies, surely they will).. Name the league as MINI IPL itself rather than calling CHAMPIONS LEAGUE for name sake.. BCCI continue ur dominance, the end day is not so far.

  • on June 20, 2011, 12:43 GMT

    ok so is this a bcci event or icc event? Pakistani team should been invited. This is nothing but injustice and discrimination

  • uglyhunK on June 20, 2011, 12:15 GMT

    Champions league is basically backed by Ind, Aus and SA. So, teams from these countries will be automatically qualified. India being the host, has the luxury of pushing for one more team.

  • Dhoni100 on June 20, 2011, 12:01 GMT

    Why not go the whole hog, and allow all the IPL teams to participate, and have only the best team from the rest of the world participating?

  • on June 20, 2011, 11:57 GMT

    rudicioullus !!! once again pakistani team is being ignored !! where is ICC now ??? 4 teams from IPL is a joke !! All BCCI is looking to do is as much money as possible !!!

  • Stark62 on June 20, 2011, 11:52 GMT

    Is this an icc event?!?! o.O

    Why isn't any Pak domestic team featuring?

    It's strange because Pak were the runners up in the first ever Int. T20 tourny, won the second and reached the Semi's of the third edition.

  • on June 20, 2011, 11:49 GMT

    Few people angry about 4 indian teams in CLT20, But Remember Most of these Test playing Countries having less population than Indian States..Some time Less than Indian Cities...Mumbai population is more than Srilanka, Aus, Newzealand population...For your information Country is just namesake..Dont compare yourself with India...Compare yourself with Indian States...Dont compare IPL with Srilanakn league, Newzealand league ..Just Tamilnadu population is three times more than Srilanka. LOL ....

  • on June 20, 2011, 11:25 GMT

    its not fair to have england play qualifiers stage,they r d team who started T20 and they are also specialists like ind,aus,sa teams. why indian board is adding whole ipl teams to CLT20, this looks again like IPL-2 in every year, its boring, plz change d format and try to keep 3teams frm ind, 2 each frm aus,sa,eng, 1 each frm sl,wi,nz and try to add also pak,bang. this will be interesting to watch around d game like UEFA champions league.

  • getgopi on June 20, 2011, 11:09 GMT

    1. Remember that without (enough) IPL teams, the tournament may not draw the TV audience required to get it up and running as it is still in its infancy. Once it gets going, possibly one IPL team can be dropped and domestic teams from Bangladesh and Zimbabwe can be invited (to qualify). That's the lay of the land. But I agree that a Pakistan domestic team should be in now. 2. Yes, the qualifiers doesn't sound right but last year we saw some real poor performances from teams from NZ and Guyana in 2010 (they lost all 4 games in league stage). Because of qualifiers, maybe we could have closer finishes this year.

  • sarith01 on June 20, 2011, 11:06 GMT

    4 teams from IPL????????? I think they should play IPL twice a year.then all IPL teams have two chances to win a trophy

  • popcorn on June 20, 2011, 11:02 GMT

    T20 is ruining Test Cricket and ODI Cricket.Cricket Australia should put its foot down and mandate that - if a Test team or ODI Team is announced, and a Conditioning Camp is announced in preparation thereof, and some of these players are ALSO in the IPL or Chapions League Teams - they should choose between Club and Country. Whoever chooses IPL or Champins League, and it clashes with Test Cricket or ODI Cricket preparations, STAND AUTOMATICALLY DISQUALIFIED FOR SELECTION IN TH TEST ND ODI TEAMS. No half measures.We have seen how Dougie Bollinger an Mike Hussey performed poorly in the Test Series against India in India.Dougie Bollinger was unfit too.

  • Tigg on June 20, 2011, 10:56 GMT

    Why are there three, potentially four IPL teams?

    Surely it should be one from each of the Test playing nations local T20 tournaments. Then the satndard format.

    They could even push it to two from each. Have four groups of 5 which reduces to a last 8 for knockouts.

  • imranmasterclass on June 20, 2011, 10:55 GMT

    come on guys where is justice why there isn't a Pakistani team been invited its not fair, were is ICC now? lets be fair bringing in Pakistani cricketer tournament will av more attraction and Indian people want to see Pakistan players to come to India and show there class... please BCCI think again and bring a team from Pakistan...

  • Vernacular_Press on June 20, 2011, 10:30 GMT

    Even bang national team will not qualify

  • on June 20, 2011, 10:09 GMT

    NO Bangladeshi team!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • illusionz on June 20, 2011, 9:56 GMT

    still they have not put any of pakistani team in the qualifiers,,, INDIAN CRICKET COUNCIL.. thts called ICC....

  • on June 20, 2011, 9:53 GMT

    where is pakistan in the tournament????

  • on June 20, 2011, 9:50 GMT

    so mumbai wont be hosting CLT20 2011 but they they qualified so they co-host not kolkata.12 teams are fine.they can make 6 a group

  • on June 20, 2011, 9:48 GMT

    It's Awesome..!..The Champions League just got better with this kind of format..!...We are gonna Love it..!!...nd CSK wil once again win the tournament.>!!

  • SettingSun on June 20, 2011, 9:43 GMT

    Why exactly do English teams have to qualify and yet Australian, Indian and South African teams get a free pass? The ECB should tell the organisers to get stuffed. England are the World T20 champions after all. And how come no invitations for Bangladeshi and Zimbabwean teams? Imagine the UEFA Champions League been run like this. "Yeah, it's a tournament for the champions of domestic leagues, except ones that we don't want to invite." Pathetic.

  • LEGEND_KILLAS on June 20, 2011, 9:40 GMT

    Its a disgrace how the champions of england, west indies and NZ have to qualify for the CHAMPIONS league but we see multiple IPL teams and runners up in SA & Aus... sounds like a joke to me

  • on June 20, 2011, 9:27 GMT

    Why are we even entertaining the possibility of a fourth IPL side in the CLT20? This competition is owned equally by the boards of Australia, SA and India, so why must the BCCI continue their monopolisation of this format? The tournament should contain two teams from Aust, SA and India, then one from each of the WI, England, NZ and SL. Let's have true representation of international cricket, and not let this IPL farce chew up another block of our time.

  • on June 20, 2011, 9:23 GMT

    If this tournament is to be made interesting then adding teams from BD and Pak is very necessary. Already 13 teams are there. The tournament should be made a 16 nation tournament with present set up + 1 team each from Pak, BD and Zim. Hence in the end 4 Teams from IPL, 2 from Aus, SA & Eng, 1 team each from WI, NZ, SL, Pak, BD & Zim. Makes the tournament truly international along with the commercial appeal to major markets (10 teams from Major markets of Ind, Eng, Aus and SA)

  • MeSL on June 20, 2011, 9:12 GMT

    How glad I am! SLPL management has decided not to send Sri Lankan Teams for this. :D

  • on June 20, 2011, 9:05 GMT

    SLPL winner has to play in this qualifier. thats just ridicules ,

  • on June 20, 2011, 9:04 GMT

    this is not fair !!there should be at least one Pakistani team in the main or the qualifiers and even a Bangladeshi team.this is totally fake!!!!!!!

  • first_slip on June 20, 2011, 8:55 GMT

    Another joke from BCCI...

  • QingdaoXI on June 20, 2011, 8:43 GMT

    if u need to create interest in world cricket about champions league please play 12 teams 3 from India, 2 each from Australia, South Africa, England and 1 each from Sri Lanka, West Indies and New Zealand. If in future relations are good with Pakistan than give entry to 2 teams from Pakistan too.

  • ramkip on June 20, 2011, 8:41 GMT

    Why the champions from SriLanka, WI, Newzealand and England need to go thru the qualifiers? Do these teams considered "second grade" as it was in racist times? Or is this a private tournament of BCCI? Then it should not be called Champions league.

  • on June 20, 2011, 8:40 GMT

    How come Chennai always gets to host finals and semis? Decent ground - yes but there are others as well! Blatant conflict of interest on part of BCCI secretary anyone? Now in theory, the probability of Chennai winning this one is far greater than any other team.

  • on June 20, 2011, 8:39 GMT

    dont know y it is still called champios league wen almost half the ipl have a chance to b there. i would have liked to see two teams from ipl, bb and pro20 and 1 each from nz, wi, sl, eng and u can even add afgan and canada in there if it is to b global. this is just ridiculously rubbish. hope csk wins again but not gonna watch it this time. bcci go away!

  • Vernacular_Press on June 20, 2011, 8:22 GMT

    Bangalore wont ve gayle.am i right...

  • Vernacular_Press on June 20, 2011, 8:12 GMT

    So again semi and final in chennai.Its good format ,the deserving team must play, quality is a must.

  • on June 20, 2011, 7:54 GMT

    why not any pakistani side,,,,,,,,,,,,, r indian feel scary of pakistani dashers ???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

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  • on June 20, 2011, 7:54 GMT

    why not any pakistani side,,,,,,,,,,,,, r indian feel scary of pakistani dashers ???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  • Vernacular_Press on June 20, 2011, 8:12 GMT

    So again semi and final in chennai.Its good format ,the deserving team must play, quality is a must.

  • Vernacular_Press on June 20, 2011, 8:22 GMT

    Bangalore wont ve gayle.am i right...

  • on June 20, 2011, 8:39 GMT

    dont know y it is still called champios league wen almost half the ipl have a chance to b there. i would have liked to see two teams from ipl, bb and pro20 and 1 each from nz, wi, sl, eng and u can even add afgan and canada in there if it is to b global. this is just ridiculously rubbish. hope csk wins again but not gonna watch it this time. bcci go away!

  • on June 20, 2011, 8:40 GMT

    How come Chennai always gets to host finals and semis? Decent ground - yes but there are others as well! Blatant conflict of interest on part of BCCI secretary anyone? Now in theory, the probability of Chennai winning this one is far greater than any other team.

  • ramkip on June 20, 2011, 8:41 GMT

    Why the champions from SriLanka, WI, Newzealand and England need to go thru the qualifiers? Do these teams considered "second grade" as it was in racist times? Or is this a private tournament of BCCI? Then it should not be called Champions league.

  • QingdaoXI on June 20, 2011, 8:43 GMT

    if u need to create interest in world cricket about champions league please play 12 teams 3 from India, 2 each from Australia, South Africa, England and 1 each from Sri Lanka, West Indies and New Zealand. If in future relations are good with Pakistan than give entry to 2 teams from Pakistan too.

  • first_slip on June 20, 2011, 8:55 GMT

    Another joke from BCCI...

  • on June 20, 2011, 9:04 GMT

    this is not fair !!there should be at least one Pakistani team in the main or the qualifiers and even a Bangladeshi team.this is totally fake!!!!!!!

  • on June 20, 2011, 9:05 GMT

    SLPL winner has to play in this qualifier. thats just ridicules ,