Champions League Twenty20 2011

Mumbai allowed to field five overseas players

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September 22, 2011

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Andrew Symonds plays one square on the off side, Rajasthan Royals v Mumbai Indians, IPL 2011, Jaipur, April 29, 2011
Andrew Symonds is one of the six players called up as replacements to Mumbai's squad © AFP
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Mumbai Indians have been permitted to field five overseas players in a team during their Champions League Twenty20 games because several of their Indian players have suffered tournament-ending injuries. However, all the overseas players must have been contracted by them to play in the 2011 IPL. Mumbai are without six of their first-choice players, including the captain Sachin Tendulkar, and their reinforced squad contains seven Indians and seven foreign players.

The other IPL teams will be permitted to field only four overseas players in their XIs during the CLT20.

Apart from Tendulkar, Rohit Sharma, Munaf Patel, Ali Murtaza, Dhawal Kulkarni and Suryakumar Yadav were ruled out of the tournament. They were replaced by Andrew Symonds, Dilhara Fernando, R Sathish, Sarul Kanwar and Abu Nechim. Moises Henriques is contracted to Mumbai, but cannot be considered for selection since he is a part of the New South Wales squad for the tournament. Tendulkar (injured toe), Rohit (broken finger) and Munaf (twisted ankle) were injured during India's recent tour of England.

In the absence of regular captain Tendulkar, Harbhajan Singh will lead the team.

The CLT20 technical committee said, in addition to those six players, it had also received medical reports that ruled out two more Mumbai players - Aditya Tare and Pawan Suyal - from the tournament. Therefore, in all, a total of eight out of Mumbai's 23 contracted players were unavailable for selection.

"In the current circumstances, if the Mumbai Indians suffer one more injury to an Indian player, they will be unable to field a team due to CLT20 rules restricting teams to a maximum of four overseas players in any one match," the tournament organisers said in a media release. "As a result, the CLT20 governing council has approved a recommendation by the technical committee that to ensure the integrity of the tournament the Mumbai Indians will be permitted to select up to five overseas players in any one team, provided those players were contracted to play in the 2011 IPL.

"This was considered the most appropriate solution to respect player safety and ensure no player plays for a CLT20 team unless he played for, or was contracted to play for, that team in the qualifying event."

"Subject to approval, the ruling of the Governing Council and Technical Committee is applicable to any other team that, like the Mumbai Indians, suffers tournament-ending injuries in significant numbers that compromises its participation in the event.

"The current Mumbai Indians squad consists of 14 players, however they may add another player to their squad from their remaining injury-free contract list if they choose."

The CLT20 governing council comprises BCCI president N Srinivasan, former IPL chairman Chirayu Amin, BCCI vice-president Niranjan Shah, Cricket South Africa chief Gerald Majola, Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland and a CA official Dean Kino.

Mumbai squad: Harbhajan Singh (capt), Lasith Malinga (overseas), Andrew Symonds (overseas), James Franklin (overseas), Aiden Blizzard (overseas), Davy Jacobs (overseas), Kieron Pollard (overseas), Dilhara Fernado (overseas), R Satish, Ambati Rayudu, T Suman, Yuzvendra Chahal, Sarul Kanwar, Abu Nechim.

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Posted by awesome10 on (September 25, 2011, 9:19 GMT)

We miss you Sachin in this CLT20 !

Posted by Winsome on (September 24, 2011, 14:23 GMT)

It's only T20, even if there is a lot of money involved. I suppose it will end up with all the T20 teams in all nations being franchises and being allowed 4 overseas players or more. It's how professional club sport works in other sports.

Posted by Alexk400 on (September 24, 2011, 14:11 GMT)

Rules are rules. But rich team and rich always have their own rules. if you hav ethe power , you can change the rule when ever you want. BCCI want IPL team to win champions league.

Posted by   on (September 24, 2011, 14:01 GMT)

Friends jus stop bluffing!!!! I hate IPL n CLT20.. lets stop watching this.. With this time they can prepar for the future programs or they can atlst play some domestic games.. We want lengthy format games jus to nurture young talentd playrs who can play only professional cricket and not slogging!!! Come on IndiA.. Lets stop this stupid tournament..

Posted by landl47 on (September 24, 2011, 13:57 GMT)

@Aaryabhatta: England has no overseas players in their squad. All the players are qualified to play for England. I think you'll find that if there was someone in Mumbai's squad who was qualified to play for India, they would not be counted as an overseas player, regardless of where they were born. The players we are talking about here are those not qualified to play for India. @Patrick Hayward and Meety: Under the CLT20 rules, my guess is that Somerset or NSW would be entitled to draft in additional overseas players, provided those players were contracted to play for either Somerset or NSW respectively. The issue would be that the overseas teams are not allowed by the rules in their own domestic competitions to have additional overseas players, so they don't have any 'spares'. It just shows what a contrived competition the CLT20 is.

Posted by santanuXI on (September 24, 2011, 13:32 GMT)

IPL is a good concept where you get to see the duels between Watson vs Bollinger, Steyn vs Smith or Dhoni vs Zaheer..sports need not be always associated with national pride but CLT20 is neither here nor there. Yes the rules are being tweaked to favour IPL teams...but still the other teams and Cricket Associations involved do not complain because they love the money they get by appearing in this tournament. Greedy people do not bother about morality so much! But down the line they are killing the tournament as well...its very difficult to accept this tournament seriously, if these kind of decisions are taken.

Posted by harshacc on (September 24, 2011, 13:02 GMT)

Indian audience will not watch CL without Indian teams but I think this is about time they gave up the CL as a failed exercise.They have modeled this after UEFA but it frankly disgusts me to see KKR the 4th placed team play when the 1st placed team in the respective leagues sit out.At least model it fully on UEFA where the performance of the teams in the tournament determines the number of slots which they can take next year.Giving MI permission to play 5 international player is just adding insult to Injury.I am Indian and this is just plain wrong.

Posted by   on (September 24, 2011, 12:40 GMT)

Mate, just go thru the history of this CLT20 conception. The plan was originally concieved by 3 boards ie BCCI, CA, CSA. Thats whats emphasised in this year's format. Their respective teams only got a direct berth (2 apiece from sa,aus, 3 from ind). Other clubs had to qualify. Simple.

Posted by   on (September 24, 2011, 12:28 GMT)

This is not cricket playing. This is money and influence playing. How can you change rules at the middle of a tournament? barbaric & primitive I would say! Shame on you MI!! shame on you indian cricket board!!!

Posted by   on (September 24, 2011, 11:08 GMT)

teams from SL,NZ & ENG are far better than indian teams without foreign players,...

Posted by gazelle79 on (September 24, 2011, 8:19 GMT)

2vikkky , read the article . They had to replace 6 Indians named in the original squad , not 8 . Out of these 6 , 5 played the 2010 CLT20 . Dhawal Kulkarni may not appear in my dreams or yours , but he did play for India and is a regular player for Mumbai Indians ( except in the last season where he was injured ) . Murtuza has also played quite a few matches in the IPL . The only real rookie who was ruled out from the ORIGINAL squad was S Yadav who I believe has played just one IPL match till date . With these people out , they called back all their available Indian talent and found that another 2 Indians ( Tare and Suyal ) were unfit leaving them with just 7 fit Indians . They may as well have renamed Mumbai before the last IPL because they didn't or couldn't pick a lot of their homegrown talent who were contracted to different teams .

Posted by GlobalCricketLover on (September 24, 2011, 8:08 GMT)

The organizers think the quality of teams is low from SL, NZ, Eng and force them to play a qualifying round. However, these teams more genuine and have very few foreign players. MI on the other hand struggles to put together a team even with 4 foreigners..they want 5th to be allowed!! How many chennai players are in CSK? Where will they be if they are allowed only 1 or 2 foreign players? I am sure Auckland Aces would have kicked CSK's bum if that had been the case. IPL teams on one side steal talent from other teams and still ask the other teams to qualify to meet them.

Posted by Meety on (September 23, 2011, 23:39 GMT)

If the Mumbai Indians can have imports to replace injured players, why can't NSW get some imports to replace Haddin, Lee & Bollinger. Also what about the retirement of Bracken? There's 4 players who probably could of played in any side anywhere in the world. The Mumbai Indians should of brought thru domestic players in their own comp. NSW brought D Smith to replace Haddin, & Cummins to replace Lee. Oh no wait, the 2nd tier of Indian cricket must be crud!!!!!! LOL!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (September 23, 2011, 20:11 GMT)

Fair enough Somerset have 3, Tomas isn't listed as overseas but that is a technicality. Still means the playing field is not even and that's why so many people don't want it to be more uneven than it is now.

Posted by Aaryabhatta on (September 23, 2011, 19:50 GMT)

@ patric hayward ..somerset hve-3 overseas player in team..thomas,kartik,van de merwe....england international team hve 9 overseas players in squqd..lolz

Posted by   on (September 23, 2011, 18:24 GMT)

England teams can only have 2 overseas players where Indian teams already have 7 in the squad and can play 4. Just make the rules the same for all. Sure RCB would have liked to play Dilshan today as their 5th. Mumbai should recruit an Indian that did not play IPL for someone else to cover in case of injury.

Posted by au755 on (September 23, 2011, 16:12 GMT)

Why is this even an issue? Limiting number of foreign players only makes sense in the context of the IPL, which is supposed to expose local talent to international cricket. This is a separate tournament with teams from different countries. As long as the players are contracted to a certain team they should be allowed to play. Any other restriction makes no sense.

Posted by mhk21 on (September 23, 2011, 15:54 GMT)

cmon people ...these useless tournaments are ruining cricket....every youngster nowadays want to hit big .....they are spending more time in building muscles to hit the ball out of the ground than improving their technique to counter the longer formats because nowadays this is given a priority by you people....i bet in 5 years time we would only be left with sloggers who can hit ball hard like yousuf pathan does but does it is pleasing to watch ??...no......and thanks to this tournaments we have only ordinary bowlers left as the good bowlers are made to play more and they end up getting injured .....i think these are the years where cricket will define its future .....we need to step up

Posted by max234 on (September 23, 2011, 14:41 GMT)

this is weird.first the inducted one more team in CLt20 and now they are allowing five players to MI.the rules were only for kochi teams but for MI they are bending their rules.for others countries teams they don't have that four forein players but they win.if their players are injured then they should backout.we had a qualifier,ruyunu must be allowed.

Posted by   on (September 23, 2011, 11:45 GMT)

@Gerard : This is Circus :) Only the performers are highly paid.

Posted by   on (September 23, 2011, 10:27 GMT)

I cannot believe after India's dismal performance anybody wants to watch, or is interested in this thrash. If you want entertainment go to the circus, if you want to watch cricket go and watch your country perfrom in a test match or an ODI.

Posted by vikkkkkky on (September 23, 2011, 9:24 GMT)

@gazelle79: Out of 8 injured players only 3 have the experince at this level. Kulkarni may be in the dreams. Those remaining 5 players, if they dont fake injury, there is no way that they could get such things( 5 foreign players allowed). And they have picked those 5 players(injured), who could never have been in playing 11 for the entire tournment. Now the team should be renamed to "NON-mumbai, a few Indians" or something like that, as there is no one representing the locality. Shame as Mumbai is the team who won most Ranjis.

Posted by   on (September 23, 2011, 8:46 GMT)

@prats_p: It is impossible for Mumbai to pull out now because only two days remain before their game so any other team also can't be arranged to come in its place. If Mumbai give their opponents a walkover, then all teams of their group will get 2 points for nothing and teams of the other group will complain and rightly so. This seems to be the only option. (I think)

Posted by   on (September 23, 2011, 8:05 GMT)

The IPL 4 foreign players clause should be applicable for IPL only. As far as CL goes, the IPL teams should not be handicapped by this clause. So I am not sure what the fuss here is all about.

Posted by Prats6 on (September 23, 2011, 7:24 GMT)

Honestly, this is ridiculous, if you cannot field a team, you cannot play thats it. Right now its Mumbai Internationals, and they would not mind that :) considering they have are heavily dependent on Mumbai's "Internationals", Malinga, Pollard, Blizzard, Symmo. This is a joke. I wont be watching this anyway.

Posted by   on (September 23, 2011, 5:55 GMT)

What would happen if a team is through to the finals of the CLT20 and if they face a same situation dont you think it would be unfair not to give them this kind of a decision to that team as they have been outstanding throughout the tournament and just for the finals they dont have enough players.

Posted by   on (September 23, 2011, 5:53 GMT)

I Really dont understand what the fuss is all about. The Rules for CLt20 Clearly states that only players already contracted with the respective teams will be allowed to play in the tournament. Please understand you cannot have a player replaced due to an injury likewise in IPL. Ex:Gayle replacing Dirk Nannes for RCB when the latter was injured. This cannot happen in CL. Though there are so many protests against the decision yet you got to respect that mumbai were direct qualifiers per CLt20 Rules. Lets accept the fact that if any other team would have had this issue the committee would have done the same thing.

Posted by simon_w on (September 23, 2011, 4:36 GMT)

"to ensure the integrity of the tournament" -- rofl!

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 23:56 GMT)

Would be interesting to see who will be selected as the captain of MI. I would personally like to see Rayudu or Sathish as the captain of MI instead of Harbhajan. Rayudu led India in the U19 WC to the finals. And Sathish has the experience of captaining the ICL teams (Chennai Superstars and the Indian ICL team) which won the tournament. I hope MI chooses the captain based on the player's capability to lead a team instead of his seniority in the team. Davy Jacobs can also be chosen as the skipper, provided he is assured of a place in team throughout the tournament as he has the experience of leading the Warriors!

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 23:53 GMT)

Would be interesting to see who will be selected as the captain of MI. I would personally like to see Rayudu or Sathish as the captain of MI instead of Harbhajan. Rayudu led India in the U19 WC to the finals. And Sathish has the experience of captaining the ICL teams (Chennai Superstars and the Indian ICL team) which won the tournament. I hope MI chooses the captain based on the player's capability to lead a team instead of his seniority in the team.

Posted by Rusty78 on (September 22, 2011, 22:58 GMT)

Finally the CLT20 will be worth watching thanks to the inclusion of Andrew Symonds. If only he could be convinced to play here this summer in the KFC BBL. GO Mumbai

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 21:31 GMT)

MALINGA, Pollard, Blizzard, Franklin and Jacobs may be played. Jacobs/Franklin/Blizzard could be captain whoever has prior experience.

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 18:55 GMT)

Best option for MI is to withdraw from the CLT20. What will happen if one or more player injured in the course of the tournament? Plz. comment... (My wild guess is BCCI will request ICC to reduce the number of player to 9)

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 18:50 GMT)

@sundarajan: the league is jointly run by BCCI, CA & CSA, hence their runner up teams qualified and 3rd place team in case of India. And since england was earlier not participating, the format was changed to a qualifying tournament comprising of four teams followed by THE tournament, enabling KKR to play for qualifiers, however england later confirmed participation making the qualifying tournament a six team affair.@sundarajan: the league is jointly run by BCCI, CA & CSA, hence their runner up teams qualified and 3rd place team in case of India. And since england was earlier not participating, the format was changed to a qualifying tournament comprising of four teams followed by THE tournament, enabling KKR to play for qualifiers, however england later confirmed participation making the qualifying tournament a six team affair.

Posted by BHARATLIFE on (September 22, 2011, 18:24 GMT)

@ Ayush Kataria, whatever it is ,......if you have 14 players fine forfeit the tournament. Then slowly they will have only 6 fit Indian Players then.... Then have 5 foreigner in the the team, then should have looked for "Indian Replacement", there is not dearth of talent, and i do not know about the powers of the contract and how it is written, but i am sure they can accomodate taking temporary replacements.......

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 17:49 GMT)

sachin should retire now with honor he is a great player and everyone i guess want him to see like that.

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 17:49 GMT)

MI defenately shows integrity by selecting only 4 overseas players in the team...as of now they have 7 national players and 7 overseas players...if any one national player will get injured then they have no other option than going with 6+5(overseas) players...

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 17:34 GMT)

The 5 Mumbai players that are Indians that are on their website as part of the team are: Tare, Murtuza, Kalkarni, Sayal, Yadav. Why are they not in the CLT20 squad.

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 17:30 GMT)

Wat wud happen to Mumbai Indians if two indian players get injured............

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 17:29 GMT)

even if mumbai has seven Indians only! decision to include a fifth foreign player could be taken if any one of those Indians are injured!! You cannot take a decision based on an eventuality which may or may not exist.

Posted by Randy_Wilson on (September 22, 2011, 17:14 GMT)

@ Venkat Sundararajan Totally agree with you. It CL was a competation where all the best T20 team in the world comes together to Play for a Cup all the Winners OF all the Competition should be able to Play the Main contest and Dont need to Qualify to play the Main Group. Because 1st of all they Play against all the team at there home Domestic to be able to Qualify for this Tournament. Which basically would be 8 teams will have to Play in the competition (not including Bangladesh and Zim T20 Champs). so it leave 2 places Open to make it 10 Team, including Pakistan they should get to play. for the 2 more team to play, 2 group should be made, and include the 6 Team who place 2nd in there Domestic T20, cutting two teams out. the 2 two who would be cut out are those Team whos International Team Rank 7 and 8 in the world the rest get a place to fight to get in. This is Just my view. because the Way you see it, This tournament Seem like IPL Version 2.

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 16:40 GMT)

Injuries are part of the game. If players are injured, you play within the existing rules and play whoever you have on the roster. If you need to change rules, apply it to every team across the board.

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 16:34 GMT)

I agree - This is absurd! Different set of rules cannot apply to different teams. If 5 foreign players ought to allowed by Mumbai, it should apply to every other team in the tournament.

Posted by raghav_rocks on (September 22, 2011, 16:26 GMT)

I dont think its unfair/disgraceful at all as they have only 7 Indian players available.And for all talks about having no player from Mumbai/Maharashtra, we should remember Sachin,Rohit and Munaf play for Mumbai. and without them, they will have a formidable outfit: 1.Jecobs 2.Frenklin 3.Rayudu 4.Symonds 5.Suman 6.Sathish 7.Pollard 8.Harbhajan 9. Chahal 10.Nechim 11.Mallinga. Best of luck MI...!!

Posted by testc on (September 22, 2011, 16:23 GMT)

If MI can't field a team with the contracted players within the rules, they should have withdrawn from CL. After all, They were not "champions" in the first place.

Posted by surajit13 on (September 22, 2011, 15:53 GMT)

This Is Unfair...............

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 15:48 GMT)

What rubbish ?? I have been saying from from the very begining, IPL is a joke and hence its proved. I have nevr heard, where a rules get compromised. This is absolutely rubbish.

Posted by squarepeg on (September 22, 2011, 15:43 GMT)

How can rules be changed mid-course? At the max, MI could hv been allowed to take 2 replacements, but not changing the max 4 international players. Wud this been allowed to the Raj Royals if they had qualified? Rules are being bent for 4 IPL teams, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore are in league, and Kolkata for the crowd and money pull.

Posted by ACHILLES_FZX on (September 22, 2011, 15:27 GMT)

mockery of the system the administrators are making a joke it bending the rules as they wish for a single team pathetic (understatement)

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 15:18 GMT)

@aryansblue. Who told you that there is NO limit to the number of foreign players, other country teams can have. England is not the only country having national cricket teams!

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 15:15 GMT)

Absolute FARCE...first of all how did KKR enter the qualifiers...if at all qualifiers were to be played then Mumbai should have been part of it...why new zealand and sri lankan winners were not direct for group stages...soon BCCI will end its era on its own...

Posted by WTEH on (September 22, 2011, 14:51 GMT)

Shame!! Mumbai Indians main focus is to win, not the representation of Mumbai public. As long as they have the money to get oversea players, no one will care how many local players were in the team. The way this is going, may be next time IPL will allow more international players for every team.

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 14:42 GMT)

England top 2 teams were passed through qualification on the basis of lack of competitveness... Gimme a break. How can you judge the competitiveness on paper. Everybody saw what happened to KKR who was humiliated by Somerset. Indian Board has always considered English Board their worst rival and despite of the fact that England has the best domestic structure, they went through qualification round. Pathetic Circus !! How can this tournament be called "CHAMPIONS LEAGUE" IF TEAMS RANKED 2nd, 3rd and 4th ARE ALSO PLAYING IN THE CIRCUS. and now rubbish rule changings are appearing just to facilitate the lame excuse of injuries.

Posted by mohamedamin on (September 22, 2011, 14:39 GMT)

realllyyyy...this is disgraceful to the competition...absolute madness...soon ipl teams can have 11 international players on the field at the same time...this tournament makes no sense..other Boards suffering bec of IPL nad CLT20...pur Pollard an Bravo bak in TT team and they win the CLT20....any bets...

Posted by nadu_1975 on (September 22, 2011, 14:31 GMT)

When there is no limit for Indian Players in IPL teams then there should be no limit for foreign players for Indian teams. Mr Aryansblue got it.

Posted by the_wallster on (September 22, 2011, 14:30 GMT)

no one has mentioned the most noticeable thing about this competition so far, and that is the crowds. hardly anyone has been going to these games. even the kkr-somerset match last night was dead. lots of noise as always, but the attendance was abysmal. even the indians are getting bored of this hit-and-run cricket.

Posted by Farhan15904 on (September 22, 2011, 14:28 GMT)

It shows that there is no control of ICC on this Tournament, World cricket is going to be die

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 14:27 GMT)

Means no players in India ... now every team will started to show fake injuries... why to bend good rules... pathetic...

Posted by zico123 on (September 22, 2011, 14:16 GMT)

i hate Harbhajan, he faked injury in Engalnd and skipped the tour and now playing CL shamelessly, he should be dropped for next 2 india series for such attitude. he is yet to realize that his drop in form is because of playing too much of T20 in IPL and CL, hence he became defensive rather than attacking bowler, he should quit all form of T20 including IPL and CL if he wants to extend his international career

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 14:15 GMT)

i am a mumbai indians suppourter but i dont think they can win it will be a miracle and according to rules and cirumstaces plz try and understand unless blindly commenting its the right decision

Posted by asithaSL on (September 22, 2011, 14:11 GMT)

ya..., it must be "Mumbai International"... surely..!!

Posted by zico123 on (September 22, 2011, 14:10 GMT)

what rubbish!!! BCCI is calling all the shots! if that is the case when India had so many injuries in England series, why they were not allowed 12 players on the park. absolutely rubbish!! so is the tournaments IPL and CL, anyway it is cricket overkill to start with

Posted by NairUSA on (September 22, 2011, 14:04 GMT)

The IPL teams should reduce the number of foreign players to 3. Having 4 of them itself is making the games into a match between foreign players. Nowadays, the IPL matches are becoming like arena fights during the Roman empire where modern gladiators like Kallis fights against Tait. Mumbai Indians realize that Indian players will not bring home the bacon for them and therefore looking for excuses to draft in more foreign players.

Posted by kash2011 on (September 22, 2011, 13:58 GMT)

@Aryansblue--other leagues are called Standard Bank Pro20 Series,Friends Life t20,Twenty20 Big Bash....not SAPL,EPL or APL.....the whole idea of IPL to hone the young INDIAN players skill while giving us entertainment and making money for themself....now it seems that honing of young players gone out of window

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 13:54 GMT)

rohit will be back..............................

Posted by vishy_c on (September 22, 2011, 13:52 GMT)

Thank god... Tendulkar has not played. I dont care who wins the champions league honestly.

Posted by rohanblue on (September 22, 2011, 13:41 GMT)

RIP Mansoor ali khan pataudi, tiger we will always miss u .....

Posted by stanlee on (September 22, 2011, 13:39 GMT)

Too bad for T&T and others for this about face by BCCI.But why was T&T forced to qualify in the first place? They were finalists in 2009 so this seems to be another case of changing rules to benefit the local teams.Also why are three IPL teams in the same draw?It is, of course, to ensure that one of those is guaranteed to get to the semi finals as the two top teams in each division advances.Had they known of these "change the rules as needed" as the Mumbai Indians have done,T&T could easily drafted a Sarwan or a Chanderpaul as replacement and claimed injury to selected players. As it is T&T are already without their two best T20 players-Bravo and Pollard for whom the 30 pieces of silver were too hard to resist,it would seem.T&T,NSW, Cape Cobras and others can at least, at the end of the day,know have approached the tournament with an integrity which it appears is lacking in at least one team at this point.

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 13:34 GMT)

Wow, comments from people calling this a disgrace is really disheartening. Everyone should know that IPL teams are consisted of players in auction and they can only field players that are contracted not any player who is available; and for the comments saying there are no players in MI from Mumbai people should know that sachin, Rohit , munaf play for Mumbai. Anyway who cares about these comments atleast Mumbai got little respite by getting one extra player good luck Mumbai .

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 13:32 GMT)

This is simply pathetic. The 5 Foreign Players !!!!!!!!!! The BCCI has become to greedy to say the least. In World Champion Trophy players are representing IPL that a shame rather then representing their own country.Pls do a favour call this IPL Champions league because 4 teams of IPL are playing this. Next couple of year we can include 2 teams for Qualifiers to increase the Prestige of World Champions Trophy. The World Cup allows minnows and lesser ranks team to play because it adds to the charm of World Cup even if its a Dull Match. BCCI should be penalised to destroy the integrity of World Cricket.

Posted by gazelle79 on (September 22, 2011, 13:30 GMT)

Lots of people here asking as to why Mumbai cant pick Indians . The reason is simple . The rules say only contracted players can play . Out of 23 such players , Henriques is playing for NSW . Out of the remaining 22 , 8 are injured . The remaining 14 contains 7 Indians and 7 foreigners . Since only 4 foreigners can play as per rules , all 7 Indians would have to play and if one more Indian gets injured during a match , Mumbai are then ruled out of the tournament . To avoid something drastic like this , CLT20 organizers had 2 options - allow another overseas player or allow Mumbai to pick another Indian player . If Mumbai picked a player who hadn't played for them till now , they could pick the best among the IPL teams not playing here . This would be even more unfair ; so I guess this is the best option . @vikkkky , do you think Sachin , Munaf , Rohit and Kulkarni are inexperienced ? @testc , this is CLUB cricket . Arsenal picked a team without a single Englishman sometime back

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 13:28 GMT)

Remember the IPL auction? Didn't Mumbai 'buy' some players there? Now they can only avail of those players and not sign any new players and that's why even though there are hundreds of Indian cricketers available, Mumbai can't take them. That's why Mumbai has to increase the foreigner limit as foreigners are fit. (Those who have been 'bought' at the auction by them can only play, though.)

Posted by indiaworldchamps2011 on (September 22, 2011, 13:23 GMT)

people jus start blabbing their mouth by reading the headlines... i billion people n all.. more population in a country doesnt straight away means more options.. there are more problems, more concerns.. anyway these 1st world country people will not understand that..

also before commenting please read that only those players who were contracted to play or MI in IPL 2011 can play for mumbai in CL 2011, it doesnt matter if there r 1 billion or 100 billion people in India, if they were not contracted, technically they cant play... i hope atleast this time my comment is posted

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 13:18 GMT)

Rules are rule. That's a bed precedent set by BCCI & IPL bosses. whatever Mumbai Indian should face it.

Posted by srinideva on (September 22, 2011, 13:08 GMT)

whatever happen nothing gonna stop the 'CSK' They will destroy the MI.THAT'S SURE. That is what they doing in the past. Champion: CSK 2 times ipl champ and one time cl in first attempt. Only the team in ipl do so

cool!!!! dhoni

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 13:07 GMT)

Shame to the proud city of Mumbai which produced so many fine international cricketers... The BCCI and the IPL team owners have no respect whatsoever for the cricketing lineage of the cities which they claim to represent

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 13:06 GMT)

setting a bad example,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Posted by gopal612 on (September 22, 2011, 13:05 GMT)

@deepak_sholapurkar : too good...

Posted by Kohli--The_Messi_of_Cricket on (September 22, 2011, 13:03 GMT)

THANK GOD HARBHAJAN RECOVERED FROM HIS INJURY.. otherwise it could have been 6 foreign players.

Posted by jonesy2 on (September 22, 2011, 13:01 GMT)

i dont understand how henriques can play for NSW but others cant play for there states???????

Posted by Prats6 on (September 22, 2011, 12:51 GMT)

I understand there are injuries. But MI should be prepared for that, in case they cant field a side, give the other team a walkover. Whats' next? If Indian players are injured, can they field SA or Eng players??? This is really the abyss of being pathetic.

Posted by AJ_Tiger86 on (September 22, 2011, 12:48 GMT)

NO NO NO. Don't DO THIS. This will turn this tournament into an even bigger joke.

Posted by serious-am-i on (September 22, 2011, 12:44 GMT)

the move is quite debatable but some of the fellow commentators have crossed boundaries in commenting to be honest. No other IPL team representing in the CLT20 has more no.of injured players. Some one said gambhir should be replaced by Sehwag, KKR lost just 1 player and not your main 4 - 5 front line first choice players. If MI played with local 7 players then it would be a total disaster for the viewers to have even a little interest to view the matches. Dhoni and Raina only suffer from fatigue and even if they are declared injured its just 2 players u lost from CSK. @kyza: I hope u r seriously joking brother. ICL pakistan team was a full fledged pakistan team, just those who didn't represent country any more here IPL teams are filled with players who have no international exposure as well. I hope u learn to compare the issues properly and fairly,

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 12:42 GMT)

Trinidad and Tobago is the only team in this competition which does not, did not ever have any overseas players to lend an advantage to their team. In fact our team has lost players to these franchises. But still remains the most formidable team last and most successful T20 team in the world by virtue of results.

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 12:42 GMT)

Why dont they allow five overseas players. It will make the team more star-studded.

Posted by anshu.s on (September 22, 2011, 12:39 GMT)

I have always stood n defended IPL n CL but this is unfair n ridiculous to say the least.......If Indian players were injured they should be replaced by uncapped Indian players who r not contracted to any other franchise.....This cld hv been a glorious oppurtunity for an Indian youngster.......newys even the original list of 23 had jst 2 decent uncapped players in Suryakumar Yadav n Pawan Suyal.......5 foregin players streches it a little to far....

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 12:34 GMT)

@Aryansblue Australia are only allowed 2 foreign players... As for the other countries I'm sure they too have something similar.

Posted by Domzo on (September 22, 2011, 12:33 GMT)

@Aryansblue: What English counties do or do not do with regards to overseas players in the domestic game is irrelevant. Somerset, the English County team left in the competition is only playing a maximum of 4 overseas players because that is the rules (and I must say as an Englishman that it hurts to have to call Compton an overseas player given that his grandfather was one of England's best ever). One of Van Der Merwe, Kartik, Compton and Alfonso Thomas (most likely Compton I'd expect) will have to stand aside when Kieswetter is released from national duty. Mumbai are being given a free pass to break the rules of the competition when all the other teams are abiding by them. That's what people are upset about. If Mumbai can't field a team within the rules, it should be unfortunate, but tough luck.

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 12:28 GMT)

The maximum 4 foreign players rule is only to ensure indians get chance to play, but when there are no players available.. this is acceptable....

Posted by hris on (September 22, 2011, 12:28 GMT)

so if blizzard(South Aus), jacobs(Warriors) and pollard(SA, T&T,Somerset) had chosen to play for (any of) the the other team(s) to which they are also contracted, then MI would have been left with exactly 4 foreign players and 7 indians(11 they need to play). it would have been interesting to see what would have happened if they then would have suffered one more injury during the tournament.

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 12:26 GMT)

Shameful. Utterly disgraceful and shameful.

Posted by GlobalCricketLover on (September 22, 2011, 12:23 GMT)

What's next? From next season these changes will apply (A) all IPL teams will automatically qualify for CLT20 (B) IPL teams will be given a bonus 100 runs to their score before match starts and the opposition will have to score 100+ whatever the IPL teams make (C) Batsmen from IPL teams will only be given out if the ball knocks the middle stump completely out of the ground. Offstump/Legstump will not be considered for IPL batsman. (D) IPL teams will only be required to bowl 15 overs against 20 overs of opposition. Considering serious isssues faced by IPL teams and to keep integrity of the tournment intact the above changes have been approved by the committee.

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 12:20 GMT)

‎5 overseas players!! It'll be tough without Sachin, Munaf and Rohit!! :( Malinga, James, Pollard & Fernando are fixed i guess.. The choice will be selected one out of Jacobs and Blizzard!! ;)

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 12:16 GMT)

well said testc. couldnt agree more

Posted by ste13 on (September 22, 2011, 12:12 GMT)

This is how you destroy cricket skills in India. Do not be surprised that Team India will struggle against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh in a few years. Do not even mention Pakistan, who looked impressive in the last tour. The next step will be all foreign players, and one more - big collapse. We had it all before, but Indian administrators want to leanr it again - it's their choice.

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 12:01 GMT)

They should select their local boys from another state so they get chance to play and prove them self

Posted by CricketChat on (September 22, 2011, 11:59 GMT)

BCCI should allow Mumbai to pick up domestic players from Kochi Tusker's team which has been terminated anyway.

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 11:50 GMT)

One word...............................Pathetic

Posted by testc on (September 22, 2011, 11:50 GMT)

Integrity of the tournament ???? The integrity of tournament has taken a big blow when the third and fourth ranked teams of IPL are allowed into "Champions" league while number one ranked domestic sides were asked to play qualification tournament. Lack of competitiveness was cited as reason but we all know how competitive the ipl teams can be without the foreign players. The "Mumbai Indians" squad doesn't have a single player from mumbai or even Maharashtra. Yet the ads were cribbing about "shaan" of mumbai. They are using the names of cities just as brand names. Yesterday the kolkata match was scheduled as the last game of the tournament so that they know the exact equation to qualify for the main tournament. There are teams in CL who don't even have a single foreign player. Instead some of their main players have been snatched by these IPL teams. What's the point of winning a title if the team itself doesn't have any physical significance ? Disgrace is a small word.

Posted by KYZA on (September 22, 2011, 11:44 GMT)

It's disgrace really, how can they just be allowed to replace players is this a fiar treatment of the other teams in this tournament??? far from it, in any case just like in the ICL, a team from PAKISTAN would destory any of these teams, that's the sole reason why they have for some reason or another banned PAKISTANI'S playing in this tournament.

Posted by vikkkkkky on (September 22, 2011, 11:43 GMT)

Shame on Mumbai Indian..to go and ask for such a thing..cant they find a few Indian players. Surely half of the injuries must be fake, the ones who doesnt have any experience at this level are declared injured!!!! Nice one, governing counil and technical committee for making a mokery. Anyways, if Malinga is not in the team, they are as good as the team from my street here.

Posted by Harvey on (September 22, 2011, 11:42 GMT)

I don't watch much T20, but the hilarious lengths the organisers go to in order to load every single aspect of the competition in favour of the IPL teams make the Champions League compulsive viewing. OK the quality of cricket may not be up to much in most cases, but the comedy value is tremendous!

Posted by Jkgsrt on (September 22, 2011, 11:42 GMT)

it is good sachin is not doing captaincy. he is the best batsman but the worst leader. his team is so good and balanced that warne can win each match by this. now MI is very good team and can make many upsets.

Posted by Aryansblue on (September 22, 2011, 11:42 GMT)

there is no limit of foreign players in other countries then why only IPL teams should suffer ????????????

any one answer me ???

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 11:41 GMT)

In a country of over 1 billion cricket fans Mumbai can't find enough young Indians to fill 7 places?! Disgraceful! :(

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 11:39 GMT)

Then in Champions League this Mumbai team should be named as MUMBAI INTERNATIONALS.

Posted by deepak_sholapurkar on (September 22, 2011, 11:33 GMT)

BCCI might do the following 1)12 Players tobe played in match for Chennai. As Dhoni and Raina are suffering fatigue from too much of cricket 2)Who ever played for kochi they will be banned for life. And In future from Kerala no one will picked to play ant international match. 3)If a MI gets bundled out within 20 overs then they can bat again for remaining overs. 4)If any fast bowler hits 130KM speed against indian Batsman then he will be banned from the tournament 5)Gambhir can be raplaced by Sehwag for KKR

Etc

Posted by 200ondebut on (September 22, 2011, 11:32 GMT)

They need to make the rules the same for everyone. therefore if it is 5 for MI then it should be 5 for everyone else. I find it strange that Mumbai can't find a home grown player though.

Posted by A.Ak on (September 22, 2011, 11:29 GMT)

What ever the case may be, MI are Individual heroes or stars only, not a TEAM. Thats why they couldnt cross the line so far.

Posted by nzcricket174 on (September 22, 2011, 11:26 GMT)

great just make one of the strongest teams stronger. i know tendulkar and others are missing but still they are already good enough, but now...

Posted by Aryansblue on (September 22, 2011, 11:26 GMT)

there are many INDIAN players who can play behalf of injured MI players but players only contracted to play in the 2011 IPL were allowed........... all 6 injury caused r domestic players, so MI is forced to add an extra foreign player to their squad.

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 11:23 GMT)

its the worst decision, and it describes how weak the tournament is......

Posted by Aryansblue on (September 22, 2011, 11:22 GMT)

There is no restriction to foreign players in England county team then why only to blame MUMBAI INDIANS, non- indian people are jeleous of IPL teams, looking at their strength. in CLT20 there should not be a limit on number of foreign players as in England county.

Posted by Aryansblue on (September 22, 2011, 11:17 GMT)

MUMBAI INDIAN is having only 14 players in squad, they r out of even reserve players......... how can anyone play with players less than 7 domestic players, MI has 6 players injured............... y all people criticise MI. do other teams afraid of MUMBAI INDIANS or what if they think their team can win CLT20 then y to worry about MI........... If this happens to any other team they would have done the same thing............ u ppl r real fool to blame MI.

Posted by randikaayya on (September 22, 2011, 11:15 GMT)

So the Indians will have more foreigners than locals! And apt decision looking at the Kolkata performance in qualifying league. Only the foreign players shine and the mercenaries carry the team on their shoulders. IPL should be renamed FPL - foreigners premier league

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 11:14 GMT)

Just goes to show how the Champions League is geared towards the IPL teams in order to get big crowds. Ridiculous.

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 11:12 GMT)

Sounds like 2 sets of rules, 1st set for everyone, 2nd set to self service!

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 11:12 GMT)

Read "to ensure no player plays for a CLT20 team unless he played for, or was contracted to play for, that team in the qualifying event." , so mumbai cant sign new domestic player , cant risk injured player and if not 5 foreign player have to take field with 10 players only. blame the rules !!!

Posted by Andy500265 on (September 22, 2011, 11:02 GMT)

Just replace them. If they can't field a team, it's their problem.

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 11:01 GMT)

what a disgrace to professional cricket.

Its name is champions league and its rule are worse than boys playing in back yard of house. Pethatic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 10:54 GMT)

First of all why they not invite a team from PAK ?????

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 10:50 GMT)

whamsis It was always a joke wasnt it?

Posted by kaushiq on (September 22, 2011, 10:48 GMT)

this is a shameless decision...firstly i dont support kolkata getting yet another chance through play-off and now this? doesnt mumbai have any local players? this is another example of misuse of power i htink indian board should have requested ECB to let them lend some international players from other countries as they lost so many players in the tour....lol

Posted by Rahul_78 on (September 22, 2011, 10:46 GMT)

@CLT20 governing council: Dear Mr.Einstines who comprise the elite council, why MI were not asked and allowed to select couple of more Indians from the remaining 1.2 billion who are not contracted by any of the IPL franchise?

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 10:44 GMT)

it is still so unfair on IPL teams. all non IPL teams are playing with 11 overseas player.

Posted by paringogri on (September 22, 2011, 10:37 GMT)

Well ... Against the odds i hope Mumbai will only play 4 foreign players despite having the permission to play 5 n this will definitely shut all crticism...Go MI!

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 10:37 GMT)

Just goes to show what a Mickey Mouse tournament this is as also exemplified by yseterday's two final qualifying matches not be played at the same time. KKR (& Somerset) had a distinct advantage over Ruhune & Leics as they knew what target to chase irrespective of winning the match. Wot nonsense.

Posted by Dashgar on (September 22, 2011, 10:36 GMT)

As long as Blizzard and Jacobs both play. It would be an injustice of the highest order if they were picked over their domestic side to sit in the squad.

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 10:36 GMT)

The IPL management staged a drama of qualification just to facilitate their 4th IPL team in CLT20 (however KKR performed miserably) and now they allowed five overseas players to MI. It shows how desperate to see an IPL team winning the CLT20. I have serious doubts, if three of their teams do not qualify for even Semi Finals, they might change the rules for Semi Finals and Final too.. Hilarious Circus going on..

Posted by randyg on (September 22, 2011, 10:34 GMT)

Stupid decision. I am an Indian supporter and cannot believe this decision. The precedent has been set now!

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 10:33 GMT)

yes if Somerset can bring in 3rd choice keeper, Mumbai can find some indian local replacement for sure. I think Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings, get away with anything and everything in the IPL. this should not be allowed

Posted by ks1959 on (September 22, 2011, 10:32 GMT)

This only shows what a farce this IPL or Champions League is! They are only interested in minting money with no regards for the game at large. Why they could not find an Indian player to replace the injured ones?

Posted by liaqathussain on (September 22, 2011, 10:31 GMT)

well its a tournament that is quickly loosing its appeal. bcci are killing cricket with the ipl and clt20.. the crowd number's prove that every one has had enough, and some of the teams are not even any good, time to scrap this tournament along with the ipl.

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 10:31 GMT)

WHAT A JOKE!! I do see 7 Indian Players in that Squad of 15. So, I see no reason why this should've been given a go-ahead.

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 10:30 GMT)

Why on earth do IPL specific rules on overseas players apply to the CLT20? Last time I checked it was not the IPL.

Posted by indianzen on (September 22, 2011, 10:30 GMT)

Symonds the captain ?... what ever, Chennai will triumph again this time.. all the players except southee are fit and good to go...

Posted by AMD. on (September 22, 2011, 10:27 GMT)

Jai Jai Champions League. First they put all the Domestin T20 winners from England,West Indies,New Zealand and Sri Lnaka with the 4th positioned team of IPL in a Qualifier. If they win then only those champion teams can play with the 2nd & 3rd placed team in IPL ! And now this one too. jai jai Champions League

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 10:25 GMT)

Maybe they can change the franchise name to Mumbai (Overseas) Indians !

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 10:25 GMT)

Rest of the CL T20 teams (read as non IPL team) should donate the Cup to any IPL Team because any way indirectly BCCI is trying to do so.

Posted by indianzen on (September 22, 2011, 10:23 GMT)

come on.. injury is what players cause to themselves... I would say a rule is a rule...

Posted by agam99 on (September 22, 2011, 10:20 GMT)

lol at people crying here over this issue. There is no restriction of overseas players in any non IPL teams in CLt20 then why should IPL teams play with just 4 overseas players. Fair decision for them...it will be back to 4 players in IPL so no worries

Posted by annys on (September 22, 2011, 10:19 GMT)

This seriously reflects on how serious this tournament is. would england accept this would australia accept this in a test series , ipl and clt20 are just JOKE :)

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 10:16 GMT)

This should not allowed...If Munaf is injured let them give chance to Abu Nechim..at least that youngster will get a chance to impress the selectors before the challenger trophy....!

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 10:16 GMT)

This is nonsense. Does it mean that there is no one in Mumbai Indians line up. If they don`t have any one in their line up let them recruit a player from Mumbai Ranji team or any player from India who is not contracted with any other IPL team. By allowing an extra overseas player BCCI is making this tournamnet a mockery and showing bias towards Ambani.

Posted by annys on (September 22, 2011, 10:16 GMT)

This is nonsense , ridiculous.BOYCOTT this tournament

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 10:13 GMT)

I hope all the IPL teams fail miserably. They are not clubs, they contain part of world 11's

Posted by ranga_s on (September 22, 2011, 10:13 GMT)

BCCI ruined one of best set ups for T20 leagues by poking into Sri Lanka Premier League....Obviously their interest lies within keeping cash within Indian teams....Sincerely hope BBL done by Aussies will rock and crush stupid IPL and CLT20....Mumbai Indians are nothing without Lasith Malinga....without Malinga even if they field 7-8 foriegn players they won't win with the likes of Red backs and Warriors arnd.....So called the biggest nation playing cricket can't find 1 domestic player to fill in a replacement.....how hilarious....

Posted by rasmikanta on (September 22, 2011, 10:11 GMT)

mumbai indian becomes weak in clt20 due to injury to key players.

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 10:11 GMT)

This will damage the image of CL T20.

Posted by shra010 on (September 22, 2011, 10:08 GMT)

Non sense, rules r broken for the money power.

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 10:05 GMT)

absolutely ridiculous. how about conceding the toss to them coz their players are injured. or even better, allow their batsmen two chances each. is this some street cricket or a tournament of international repute.

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 10:04 GMT)

Hello my name is Narinder Singh and my playing IX for Mumbai here is below:

Batting Order in the absence of Sachin, rohit, munaf

1. Aiden Bilzzard 2. T Suman 3. Ambati Rayudu 4. Andrew Symond 5. Kiron Pollard 6. James Franklin 7 R Satish. 8. Harbhajjan Sing 9. Lastish Mallinga 10. Abu Nechim 11. Chahal

Posted by Joey2306 on (September 22, 2011, 10:02 GMT)

Instead MI should hv been allowed to draft in a local player who has not played with any other IPL team. Could hv unearthed a untested new talent. Allowing a foreign player jst makes rules a joke

Posted by Subhajit78 on (September 22, 2011, 9:59 GMT)

It's a cheat,and no one is responsible for the injury of any player,so why other teams need to pay for one team's problem? & why not Mumbai Indians bought more Indian players instead of the overseas players?

Posted by Stark62 on (September 22, 2011, 9:59 GMT)

I still don't understand why icc have given this tournament an official window in the FTP.

No team from Pak, Bang or even Zimb was in the qualifiers, no team from Nz and SL will participate in the main tournament and the English champions won't be part of it is well.

What a disgrace!!!!

Posted by drsamprasad on (September 22, 2011, 9:57 GMT)

MUMBAI INDIANS should be ashamed to accept this decision. If at all, there is any sportsmanship left in their camp, they should deny this offer and play with 4 foreign players. First of all., why is this team called Mumbai INDIANS? Aren't the other eight franchises Indian too? Ironic! the team that calls themselves INDIANS has to play with 5 foreigners!!!

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 9:56 GMT)

MI you will rock...............give your best performance.... :) :)

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 9:53 GMT)

sachin is writing stupid letters to ICC.. wats his take on this?? now he will run like ussain bolt :D

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 9:48 GMT)

Indian players: Rayudu, Harbhajan, Suman, Nechim, Chahal and Satish (mainly to boost the fielding). Foreign players: MALINGA, Pollard, Blizzard, Franklin and Symmo / Jacobs. Not to mention that Malinga would hold the key in the bowling department. Blizzard, Rayudu and Pollard / Franklin would comprise the batting triumvirate. Although KKR looks the strongest team on the paper his tournament, but again ... CSK *has* to do well, so obviously they're the ones to watch out from the IPL teams. T&T are the dark-horses--again. The tournament, however, is again very, very open.

Posted by whamsis on (September 22, 2011, 9:42 GMT)

Ridiculous!!! Why not Mumbai Indians have 22 overs to chase the target as their players are injured and not fit. This decision has made the CLT20 a joke.

Posted by Sachit1979 on (September 22, 2011, 9:39 GMT)

Who is their captain? It would be interesting to see Bhajji-Symonds combo as captain and vice captain. :-)

Posted by Tigg on (September 22, 2011, 9:38 GMT)

I think this is the wrong decision. Somerset brought a 3rd or 4th choice keeper to the qualifying because of injuries and international commitments. The Indian side should similarly be forced to bring in a reserve player.

This makes their teams tronger because they, instead of playing a domestic Indian player who may not be amazing, get to pick anotehr international standard player. Lets face it, their XI will already likely include Franklin, Symonds, Malinga, Pollard.

Posted by peterss on (September 22, 2011, 9:38 GMT)

Not gonna make any use. they are gonna lose anyways!

Posted by springonion on (September 22, 2011, 9:34 GMT)

Making it up as we go along are we?

Posted by prakash.prajay on (September 22, 2011, 9:34 GMT)

without sachin, can not get the team fulfillment,anyhow 5 overseas player allowed for Mumbai .it is good to play cricket

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 9:33 GMT)

Mumbai Indians......an ironic name

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 9:29 GMT)

nothing to say mumbai....

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 9:28 GMT)

When India next plays England and players get injured, India would be allowed to BUY players from England county teams ;)

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 9:25 GMT)

Of course this happens to the team called the "Indians"...irony irony.

Posted by SiD1702 on (September 22, 2011, 9:23 GMT)

Mumbai is and will always be protected by BCCI, i dont know why cant they find replacements, may be not excatly a replacement, but at least some local players who are gud nough to play T20........They are always have support of BCCI, and i guess only bcoz some of the gr8 players are from Mumbai, but that doesn't mean u should show partiality to them..........Just hate BCCI for these reasons, This is the time for some unkown players to show their talent, Remember this league was suppose to be finding talent from INDIA not foreign talent, This is just a disgrace, just for TRP ratings and money they suppress even the minimal oppurtunity for any youngster!!!!!!!!

Posted by Billapati on (September 22, 2011, 9:22 GMT)

Under the current circumstances, Mumbai Indians needs 5 overseas players to make the team composition look healthy. This is the right decision taken by the committee. Also there is big question mark over captaining the side???. From the current Mumbai squad, i see only 2 players who can lead the team i.e. Harbhajan & Andrew Symonds. From the past record, i don't see Harbhajan as effective captain who can take some bold decision instantly .It would be brave choice to ask the Symonds to lead the team by considering the past experience of him with Indian team. Keeping my fingers crossed. Hopefully Symonds will get the opportunity.

Posted by Romenevans on (September 22, 2011, 9:21 GMT)

LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL This is india and BCCI! Rules can be changed for BIG NAMES anytime.

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 9:21 GMT)

Interesting... what are the rules for foreign player limits in overseas T20 squads, like Somerset? Would the CLT20 council have been as liberal with them?

Posted by drsamprasad on (September 22, 2011, 9:21 GMT)

Biased! Acutely Biased. It is not the other teams fault that MI players got injured, why should MI be given an advantage.? First of all they are the only team who have played more home matches than any other franchise, next no one knows why K Pollard was sold to MI when three teams bid the same amount for him, what happened in the tie breaker was never revealed, now five foreign player advantage too. Seriously! Whats the point of winning while the whole management is forcing things in favor of them? Instead why not cancel the entire tournament and hand over the trophy to MI, because they are the best team available on paper.?

Posted by Sarvesh.Pushpraj on (September 22, 2011, 9:18 GMT)

Rename the team to Mumbai Non Indians

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 9:17 GMT)

this tells me how desperate they are to win the tournament this was suppose to be thoier domestic team where young player usually gets thier chances but now it turned to be world11 they should have replaced mumbai with rajastan instead of changing rules

Posted by indiasupbangalore on (September 22, 2011, 9:17 GMT)

Then they should allow all the IPL teams to have 5 overseas player, to be fair. I would rather have some good overseas player play then this stupid goswami or tiwary as happened in yesterday night's game.

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 9:17 GMT)

This is blind favoritism. This competition is a joke

Posted by crikbuff on (September 22, 2011, 9:16 GMT)

What a load of rubbish! This shows the lack of professionalism in all this IPL-CLT20 tamasha.

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 9:14 GMT)

No Sachin? I won't watch CLT20.

Posted by alchemist_sandeep on (September 22, 2011, 9:14 GMT)

how gayle can play in rcb if nannes is fit and playing too for them as gayle is replacement of nannes...is n't it????????????

Posted by smark on (September 22, 2011, 9:08 GMT)

The only way to make this fair to everybody is to allow all teams to field 5 foreign players. I am surprised that other teams didn't complain to it. Whether your players get hurt or are too old to take the field, that's the owners' responsibility. As for the integrity of the tournament, what a way to keep it by allowing one team an unfair advantage.

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Posted by smark on (September 22, 2011, 9:07 GMT)

The only way to make this fair to everybody is to allow all teams to field 5 foreign players. I am surprised that other teams didn't complain to it. Whether your players get hurt or are too old to take the field, that's the owners' responsibility. As for the integrity of the tournament, what a way to keep it by allowing one team an unfair advantage.

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Posted by m0se on (September 22, 2011, 9:05 GMT)

Out of the one billion odd people in India, they couldn't find one Indian cricketer to fill the ranks? I think BBCI have finally peeled off the thin false veneer of pretense that IPL was somehow for the betterment of Indian cricket.

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 9:00 GMT)

First 4 out of the 10 teams are from India which doesn't even render it a balanced international tournament. And now extensions for the 'Indian' team again. A bit too lop-sided isn't it? Oh wait, the BCCI owns the tournament! Makes sense now, all this T20 circus...

Posted by Subhakimi2 on (September 22, 2011, 9:00 GMT)

This is a complete joke. No wonder BCCI is organizing this :D

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 8:58 GMT)

MAKE BHAJJIIII CAPTAIN.....YOU WILL WIN...SURELY

Posted by unregisteredalien on (September 22, 2011, 8:55 GMT)

Outrageous decision, appalling logic, horrible precedent. On the one hand there is sport, on the other there is IPL 'cricketainment', and the two poles are getting further and further apart.

Posted by KAIRAVA on (September 22, 2011, 8:53 GMT)

Why don't they (all the Indian IPL teams qualified) have 5 overseas players playing in every match of the champions league tournament ? 4 overseas players in IPL is ok..but they should play with 5 foreign players for the following champions league tournaments. Afterall, T20 fans the world over expect an increase in competition levels and quality of cricket when teams clash in CLT20 as opposed to IPLT20.

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 8:47 GMT)

Still can't make it through..Hahaha

Posted by ultimatewarrior on (September 22, 2011, 8:43 GMT)

They are ready for other teams also to go with 5 players...LOL...I guess their rules are so flexible that they can win an Olympic Gold in Gymnastics...but I don't know for which nation India, Australia or South Africa.....

Posted by Shhy on (September 22, 2011, 8:40 GMT)

Looks like the name Indians and Injuries go hand in hand together.. Any team which has India in it are suffering from injuries off late.. :)

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 8:39 GMT)

setting a bad example....

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 8:39 GMT)

You have GOT to be kidding.

Posted by ultimatewarrior on (September 22, 2011, 8:38 GMT)

Useless breaking of laws, if they could not have enough standard Indian players they should use inexperienced Mumbai Indian players(Indian origin)...If this facility was used in England tour, India could allowed to take services of Finn/Bairstow/Anderson as England have EXCESS of good players in comparison to Indian bench strength (how good was it, you had already seen it)

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 8:35 GMT)

Further proof that this tournament is a joke.

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 8:33 GMT)

This is utter garbage...First of all 4 Indian Teams in a GLOBAL Tournament,then the rule about IPL being first priority over other teams and then THIS? Why don't we just call it an extension of IPL and make it a rule that ONLY Indian teams are allowed to win it, others can have fun if they want. P.S. Other teams are dealing with injuries as well.

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 8:28 GMT)

Shame on Tendulkar.. He hide his injury and played for India against England.. Now missing the most important tour.. This shows he alwayss prefer monneeyyy.. oh..wait.. am i missing anything here..?? Comments in cricinfo will always b other way round.. rite..??

Posted by Black_Rider on (September 22, 2011, 8:28 GMT)

No matter how many foreign players play for MI..If Malinga plays well they'll win.Otherwise they will lose...Good Luck Mali.........

Posted by vaidyar on (September 22, 2011, 8:28 GMT)

Considering that Pollard, Fernando, Jacobs etc might have played for their respective state or province teams, this move does not make sense. It might make some sense in the IPL, but not in CLT20 where other teams don't get the same advantage.

Posted by davidallan on (September 22, 2011, 8:26 GMT)

Not Fair

Posted by 512fm on (September 22, 2011, 8:22 GMT)

Can't say much more than this is an absolute disgrace, an already biased tournament in favour of the "indian" teams and now this? I wont be watching or taking any notice thats for sure.

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 8:20 GMT)

This is unfair...... totally unfair... rubbish IPl & CLT20

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