Champions League Twenty20 2011 June 20, 2011

Six-team qualifier for Champions League

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Dummy4 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

  • Mahesh 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Vijay 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.

  • Dummy4 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

  • Dummy4 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

  • Dummy4 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?

  • Rauf 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.

  • Rauf 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.

  • Rauf 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.

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