Champions League Twenty20 2011

Players choose IPL franchises for Champions League

ESPNcricinfo staff

August 22, 2011

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Kieron Pollard flays one through the off side, Mumbai Indians v Deccan Chargers, IPL 2011, Mumbai, May 14, 2011
Kieron Pollard has chosen Mumbai Indians over Trinidad & Tobago © Associated Press
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The IPL franchises have emerged as clear winners when it comes to players deciding between playing for them or their home sides in the upcoming Champions League Twenty20. Eight players were originally nominated for two squads and were given 48 hours to decide which team they would play for before the final squads were announced today.

Brad Haddin, Doug Bollinger and Brett Lee have all chosen to play for their respective IPL franchise over New South Wales; Warriors have lost Jacques Kallis and Davy Jacobs to IPL teams; Trinidad & Tobago will be without the services of Dwayne Bravo, who will play for Chennai Super Kings, and Kieron Pollard, who is in the Mumbai Indians squad; and Aiden Blizzard has chosen Mumbai over the South Australia Redbacks.

Eleven of the thirteen teams have now announced their squads for the tournament, with the English counties who reach the Friends life t20 final to confirm their squads on August 27. The qualifying round for the Champions League begins on September 19, with the main tournament scheduled for September 23-October 9.

All the franchises have announced full-strength squads, which means there will be no rest for the India players, who only finish their tour of England on September 16.

Gautam Gambhir, who suffered a concussion during the ongoing Oval Test, is in the Kolkata Knight Riders' squad while MS Dhoni will lead Chennai Super Kings and Sachin Tendulkar will lead Mumbai Indians. Munaf Patel and Suresh Raina are the other players in the current India Test squad who will be involved in the Champions League. Mumbai have also included Harbhajan Singh, who pulled out of the England tour after the second Test with an abdominal muscle strain.

One big-name player missing from the squads was Andrew Symonds who was not named in Mumbai's XV. New South Wales chose to leave out the upcoming Pakistan-born batsman Usman Khawaja, who was granted a visa to India after initially being denied it.

Cape Cobras: JP Duminy, Herschelle Gibbs, Justin Kemp, Rory Kleinveldt, Charl Langeveldt, Richard Levi, Johann Louw, Justin Ontong, Robin Peterson, Vernon Philander, Andrew Puttick, Michael Rippon, Owais Shah, Dale Steyn, Dane Vilas

Warriors: Johan Botha, Nicky Boje, Mark Boucher, Andrew Birch, Colin Ingram, Justin Kreusch, Lyall Meyer, Makhaya Ntini, Wayne Parnell, Ashwell Prince, Jon-Jon Smuts, Kelly Smuts, Rusty Theron, Craig Thyssen, Lonwabo Tsotsobe

Mumbai Indians: Aiden Blizzard, Yuzvendra Chahal, James Franklin, Davy Jacobs, Dhawal Kulkarni, Suryakumar Yadav, Lasith Malinga, Ali Murtaza, Munaf Patel, Kieron Pollard, Ambati Rayudu, Rohit Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, T Suman, Sachin Tendulkar

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Mayank Agarwal, S Aravind, Raju Bhatkal, AB de Villiers, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Chris Gayle, Arun Karthik, Virat Kohli, Mohammad Kaif, Abhimanyu Mithun, J Syed Mohammed, Dirk Nannes, Asad Pathan, Saurabh Tiwary Daniel Vettori

Chennai Super Kings: R Ashwin, S Badrinath, Doug Bollinger, Dwayne Bravo, MS Dhoni, Michael Hussey, Shadab Jakati, Albie Morkel, Suresh Raina, Suraj Randiv, Wriddhiman Saha, S Anirudha, Tim Southee, Scott Styris, M Vijay

Kolkata Knight Riders: Iqbal Abdulla, Shakib Al Hasan, L Balaji, Rajat Bhatia, Manvinder Bisla, Gautam Gambhir, Brad Haddin, Jacques Kallis, Brett Lee, Eoin Morgan, Yusuf Pathan, Shami Ahmed, Ryan ten Doeschate, Manoj Tiwary, Jaidev Unadkat

New South Wales Blues: Stuart Clark, Patrick Cummins, Nathan Hauritz, Josh Hazelwood, Moises Henriques, Phillip Hughes, Simon Katich, Nic Maddinson, Steve O'Keefe, Ben Rohrer, Daniel Smith, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, David Warner, Shane Watson

South Australia Redbacks: Cameron Borgas, Daniel Christian, Tom Cooper, Callum Ferguson, Daniel Harris, Michael Klinger, Nathan Lyon, Tim Ludeman, Aaron O'Brien, Gary Putland, Adil Rashid, Kane Richardson, Chadd Sayers, James Smith, Shaun Tait

Auckland: Andre Adams, Jimmy Adams, Michael Bates, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Ronnie Hira, Gareth Hopkins, Anaru Kitchen, Bruce Martin, Chris Martin, Kyle Mills, Colin Munro, Daryl Tuffey, Rob Quiney, Lou Vincent

Trinidad & Tobago: Samuel Badree, Adrian Barath, Darren Bravo, Kevon Cooper, Rayad Emrit, Daren Ganga, Sherwin Ganga, Shannon Gabriel, Jason Mohammed, Dave Mohammed, Sunil Narine, William Perkins, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Lendl Simmons

Ruhuna: Mahela Udawatte, Dinesh Chandimal, Sanath Jayasuriya, Janaka Gunaratne, Milinda Siriwardana, TM Sampath, Yashodha Lanka, Shihan Kamileen, Amal Athulathmudali, Arosh Janoda, Shalika Karunanayake, Omesh Wijesiriwardene, Alankara Asanka Silva, Chinthaka Perera, Bhanuka Rajapaksa

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Posted by bigdhonifan on (August 24, 2011, 17:40 GMT)

@Imran , Why no Pak team??....Ans: Because no one wants this tournament to be be booked!!

Posted by CBVIJAY on (August 24, 2011, 14:50 GMT)

Aryansblue and agam99 .....Ok. Keep on Playing IPL and CLT20. NOW ANSWER ME..?? HOW GAMBHIR , SEHWAG AND ZAHEER GOT INJURED..?? ANSWER ME WHY SACHIN ASKED REST AFTER WC AND IPL..? AND WHY HE DID NOT PLAYED IN WI TOUR. ? LEAVE SEHWAG ANG ZAHEER. INJURIES OCCURS PLAYING CRICKET.IT'S NATURAL. BUT WHY GABHIR PLAYED EVEN AFTER HE GOT INJURY IN IPL. "IF THEY NEED TO HELP THEIR FAMILY LOOK FOR SOME OTHER JOB. WHY CHOOSING CRICKET WHICH WE PLAY FOR OUR NATION..????"

Posted by Meety on (August 24, 2011, 5:45 GMT)

@sachin_vvsfan - by corporate giants do you mean the IPL franchises or the BCCI, Cric Oz & the Saffas? The BCCI has 50% I believe, I understand that gives more muscle at the bargaining table, but I think they're a little full of themselves to have a potential 4-team representation.

Posted by Aryansblue on (August 24, 2011, 3:37 GMT)

@ ALL PPL OUT HERE................. Looks guys everyone wants to earn money for them, for their family.In CLT20 none of the countries money or rankings is at stake..... players want to just make their life better bcoz the domestic team & their country can't give these players a good amount for their talent. Y only cricketers r blamed, y not footballers, example Messi he is from Argentina but plays for Barcelona (Spain) bcoz barca plays him more than any argentina clubs.....

ask ur dad y he is earning money & for whom, u ppl work in MNC for earning money, y can't u work in any indian company(bcoz indian companies won't give much returns) so as cricketers do.

Posted by agam99 on (August 24, 2011, 2:25 GMT)

@CandidIndia....After 1st IPL this...after 2nd IPL this....what about WC and no.1 ranking for 2 years...those too happened while the IPL was on....stop blaming IPL & BCCI for everything wrong in world cricket.

Posted by CandidIndian on (August 23, 2011, 20:46 GMT)

After first IPL India lost badly in t20 world, after second IPL they lost badly in Champions trophy(ODI tournament) and now after 4th edition of IPL they have lost badly in tests to England.So its not hard to make out that ,so called money making lucid cricket is hurting India in all formats of cricket.Sehwag ,Gambhir and Zak who were injured during the WC should have been rested instead of playing IPL and they were supposed to undergo proper training to get fit for all important England tour as no 1 ranking was at stake.Same set of players were giving SA tough fight just six months back and they even won at Durban under testing conditions and lethal attack like that of Eng so its not hard to predict that due to this ludicrous brand of money making cricket India is humiliated badly .If Indian fans really love their cricket,the stands in Champions league should be empty and this league of cricket must be boycotted.

Posted by CandidIndian on (August 23, 2011, 20:46 GMT)

After first IPL India lost badly in t20 world, after second IPL they lost badly in Champions trophy(ODI tournament) and now after 4th edition of IPL they have lost badly in tests to England.So its not hard to make out that ,so called money making lucid cricket is hurting India in all formats of cricket.Sehwag ,Gambhir and Zak who were injured during the WC should have been rested instead of playing IPL and they were supposed to undergo proper training to get fit for all important England tour as no 1 ranking was at stake.Same set of players were giving SA tough fight just six months back and they even won at Durban under testing conditions and lethal attack like that of Eng so its not hard to predict that due to this ludicrous brand of money making cricket India is humiliated badly .If Indian fans really love their cricket,the stands in Champions league should be empty and this league of cricket must be boycotted.

Posted by Kulsingh5 on (August 23, 2011, 16:28 GMT)

At the end of the day money counts, pay's the highest income for doing something you are good at. All English fans just need look their own Football league (EPL), the English football team cannot play at the highest level but players perform better when they play for their clubs, simple they get paid huge amount. Do you think the Indian cricket team give any consideration about the number 1 status, simple answer no. The Indian cricket board is not paying then the same amount as they get paid in IPL. Numbers of these players are getting old and retirement is near, so they need to earn enough for their before retirement. So WHY should the Indian players really give a thought about the no1 test position, this is not going to pay their lively hood. Fans are the only ones who care.

Posted by 60ziv on (August 23, 2011, 16:22 GMT)

I am not sure why such a hoopla about IPL or CL, if there are audience for these then surely this format will survive. And people ranting out Test cricket is the real cricket, now who decide what is real? I know India is comprehensively beaten, there is no denying the fact but at the end of the day to me sport is all about fun and be entertained and if a gali cricket or IPL/CL gives me that I will go for it. No matter who is playing whom end of story.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (August 23, 2011, 16:10 GMT)

I don't intend to bash Indian players BUT some of their supporters need to answer this question from me. WHY are Harbhajan, and Gambir in the squads of their respective IPL clubs ? how are they gonna be fit in just under a month ? can somebody here explain this logic to me ? WOW ! Indian cricket is DEEPER turmoil than I expected. If this attitude continues, India will continue to struggle in top grade test cricket for years to come. I am so gutted and increasingly frustrated now. I can't believe Indians put up with this nonsense.

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