Champions League 2012

Players choose IPL teams in Champions League

ESPNcricinfo staff

September 14, 2012

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Dwayne Bravo has a word with Kieron Pollard after dismissing him, Mumbai Indians v Chennai Super Kings, Eliminator, IPL 2012, Bangalore, May 23, 2012
Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard will be opponents...again © AFP
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All nine players who were nominated for two teams in next month's Champions League Twenty20 in South Africa have opted to represent their respective IPL teams over their domestic sides.

This includes the Trinidad and Tobago players Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard and Sunil Narine, who will now turn out for Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders. The other players who have confirmed their participation for their IPL teams include Faf du Plessis, Albie Morkel and Michael Hussey (Super Kings), Mitchell Johnson (Mumbai), Brett Lee (Knight Riders) and Morne Morkel (Delhi Daredevils).

According to the tournament rules, the IPL franchises which have acquired the nine players will have to pay US$150,000 as compensation to the 'home' teams of the players. The Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board may gain financially, but will be considerably weakened by the loss of three key players, all of whom are integral to West Indies' limited-overs setup.

Trinidad is among the six teams that will play a qualifying round, starting October 9. The other teams in the mix are Yorkshire, Uva Next, Auckland, Sialkot Stallions and Hampshire. The top two teams in the qualifying round will join the remaining eight sides for the group stage, starting October 13. The final will be played on October 28, in Johannesburg.

Meanwhile Virender Sehwag, who led Daredevils to the top of the table in the league phase of the IPL this year, has stepped down as captain, with Sri Lanka's Mahela Jayawardene taking over. Sehwag has been Daredevils' regular captain for most seasons, except in 2010 when Gautam Gambhir was put in charge.

Auckland Aces: Gareth Hopkins (capt), Andre Adams, Michael Bates, Brad Cachopa, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Ronnie Hira, Anaru Kitchen, Mitchell McClenaghan, Azhar Mahmood, Bruce Martin, Chris Martin, Kyle Mills, Colin Munro, Lou Vincent

Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni (capt), R Ashwin, S Badrinath, Doug Bollinger, Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis, Ben Hilfenhaus, Michael Hussey, Ravindra Jadeja, Albie Morkel, Suresh Raina, Wriddhiman Saha, S Anirudha, M Vijay, V Yo Mahesh

Delhi Daredevils: Mahela Jayawardene (capt), Virender Sehwag, Varun Aaron, Ajit Agarkar, Unmukt Chand, Morne Morkel, Pawan Negi, Naman Ojha, Irfan Pathan, Kevin Pietersen, Andre Russell, Venugopal Rao, Ross Taylor, David Warner, Umesh Yadav

Hampshire: James Adams, Shahid Afridi, Kabir Ali, Michael Bates, Daniel Briggs, Michael Carberry, Liam Dawson, Sean Ervine, David Griffiths, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Hamza Riazuddin, Bilal Shafayat, Glenn Maxwell, James Vince, Christopher Wood

Highveld Lions: Temba Bavuma, Gulam Bodi, Zander de Bryun, Quinton de Kock, Neil McKenzie, Pumelela Matshikwe, Chris Morris, Dirk Nannes, Ethan O'Reilly, Alviro Petersen. Aaron Phangiso, Dwaine Pretorius, Sohail Tanvir, Jean Symes, Thami Tsolekile

Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (capt), Iqbal Abdullah, Shakib Al Hasan, L Balaji, Rajat Bhatia, Manvinder Bisla, Jacques Kallis, Brett Lee, Brendon McCullum, Sunil Narine, Yusuf Pathan, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Shami Ahmed, Ryan ten Doeschate, Manoj Tiwary

No break for some Australians

  • Australia's captain Michael Clarke had stated that the Twenty20 Champions League would be an equal impediment for both his side and South Africa's ahead of their Test series down under in November. However the announcement of the squads for the club competition has shown that in this case, one side is slightly more equal than the other.
  • Seven Australian Test players have been chosen for T20 duty in South Africa: Ben Hilfenhaus and Michael Hussey (Chennai Super Kings), David Warner (Delhi Daredevils), and Pat Cummins, Brad Haddin, Mitchell Starc and Shane Watson (Sydney Sixers). The five South African Test players to be involved will be Morne Morkel (DD), Alviro Petersen (Highveld Lions), Jacques Kallis (KKR), AB de Villiers and Jacques Rudolph (Titans).
  • Two likely Australian Test players, Ed Cowan and James Pattinson, hold T20 contracts but were not chosen for their respective sides. Players participating in the final of the Champions League on October 28 will have little more than three days to change gears before South Africa's tour match against Australia A at the SCG from November 2. The first Test begins in Brisbane on November 9.
Mumbai Indians: Harbhajan Singh, Sachin Tendulkar, Mitchell Johnson, Dinesh Karthik, Dhawal Kulkarni, Richard Levi, Lasith Malinga, Pragyan Ojha, Munaf Patel, Thisara Perera, Kieron Pollard, Ambati Rayudu, Rohit Sharma, Dwayne Smith, Suryakumar Yadav

Perth Scorchers: Tom Beaton, Michael Beer, Paul Collinwood, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Ryan Duffield, Ben Edmondson, Herschelle Gibbs, Brad Hogg, Simon Katich, Mitchell Marsh, Joe Mennie, Shaun Marsh, Marcus North, Nathan Rimmington, Luke Ronchi

Sialkot Stallions: Shoaib Malik (capt), Qaiser Abbas, Sarfraz Ahmed, Shakeel Ansar, Mohammad Ayub, Umaid Asif, Bilawal Bhatti, Raza Hasan, Ali Khan, Imran Nazir, Faisal Naveed, Naved-ul-Hasan, Abdur Rehman, Haris Sohail, Shahid Yusuf

Sydney Sixers: Brad Haddin, Shane Watson, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Michael Lumb, Nathan McCullum, Nic Maddinson, Ian Moran, Phil Nevill, Stephen O'Keefe, Ben Rohrer, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Dominic Thornley

Titans: Martin van Jaarsveld (capt), Farhaan Behardien, Henry Davids, Marchant de Lange, AB de Villiers, Paul Harris, Heino Kuhn, Eden Links, Ethy Mbhalati, Mangaliso Mosehle, Rowan Richards, Jacques Rudolph, Roelof van der Merwe, Alfonso Thomas, David Wiese

Trinidad and Tobago: Denesh Ramdin (capt), Samuel Badree, Adrian Barath, Darren Bravo, Kevon Cooper, Rayad Emrit, Shannon Gabriel, Sherwin Ganga, Jason Mohammad, Evin Lewis, Yannick Ottley, William Perkins, Ravi Rampaul, Lendl Simmons, Navin Stewart

Uva Next: Thilina Kandamby (capt), Fawad Alam, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Dilhara Fernando, Umar Gul, Charith Jayampathi, Chintaka Jayasinghe, Andrew McDonald, Dilshan Munaweera, Jacob Oram, Seekkuge Prasanna, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Sameera Zoysa, Sachithra Senanayake, Upul Tharanga

Yorkshire: Joe Root, Moin Ashraf, Jonny Bairstow, Gary Ballance, Andrew Gale, Oliver Hannon-Dalby, Dan Hodgson, Phil Jaques, Adam Lyth, David Miller, Steve Patterson, Azeem Rafiq, Adil Rashid, Ryan Sidebottom, Iain Wardlaw

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Posted by cricketfannik on (September 17, 2012, 1:49 GMT)

another mishitting going for 6 series. too many t 20 and then all these players wil faile more than they wil score in test cricket, shameful everyone has their leagues now no time for country :( poor cricket going ahead in future but lossing its grip. its like quality wont be there but quantity will be der

Posted by Htc-Baseball on (September 16, 2012, 16:25 GMT)

what is this UVA next,something related to Yuvi i suppose!!!!!!!

Posted by muski on (September 16, 2012, 14:37 GMT)

Wow- The moolah it mightier than the love for one's home club. May their tribe decrease.

Posted by jonesy2 on (September 16, 2012, 8:20 GMT)

makes no sense because pat cummins is a scorcher now why is he playing for the sixers. and whats with dirk nannes, hes playing for the lions not dehli? why do two pommy teams get to attempt qualification?

Posted by NkSad on (September 16, 2012, 6:34 GMT)

This is not Champions League, is a over glorified IPL, 4 Indian teams in the group stage and 5 other countries champions have to go to a qualification round. It should be similar to the soccer UEFA Champions League where every country have a chance of a group stage representive, where the number of team that goes into the group stage is determine by the countries ranking. Also why does the IPL gets first dibs on player, country should come first or players get to decide. I'm not sure if Bravo, Pollard and Narine choose to play for there IPL team but there should have played for T&T. The only way this dispute could be settled is if there was rule stating you could play for one team, so there would be no conflict about which team that player belongs to. Then players would have to make the decision.

Posted by Aaryabhatta on (September 16, 2012, 5:28 GMT)

There are 4 IPL teams because india owns 50% of the tournament and Australia and SA own 25% each and so they have 2 teams each. Other teams are invited by the tournament organizers as they please. Originally, UK and WI, both were invited to be part owners of the tournament but they inclined for their own reasons.

Posted by   on (September 15, 2012, 21:53 GMT)

The structure of WI cricket makes the situation a bit sensitive while the other players in the IPL have it slightly different. The T&T guys had a tough choice to make.

Posted by deadite11 on (September 15, 2012, 16:25 GMT)

For those who are questioning about participation of Dhaka team in Champions league first look out the condition, as BPL failed to pay the dues to top cricketers. First they solve that issue and then they can join champions league.

Posted by Romenevans on (September 15, 2012, 12:13 GMT)

No Dhaka whatever.....because recently some of our school team kids thrashed them! So, sorry no Gladiators or whatever their name is. lol!

Posted by   on (September 15, 2012, 10:08 GMT)

why Dhaka gladiator not play BCCI event. they are winer of BPL

Posted by   on (September 15, 2012, 9:49 GMT)

dunno why no BPL team include in CLT20 their quality of cricket is good but 5 international players that must be a issue .

Posted by   on (September 15, 2012, 8:18 GMT)

Yes IPL is definitely bigger than slpl and slpl is nothing from india

Posted by   on (September 15, 2012, 7:23 GMT)

y no dhaka gladators>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Posted by VivtheGreatest on (September 15, 2012, 6:49 GMT)

@Pukya, Because whether u like it or not the IPL is far bigger than ur league

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (September 15, 2012, 6:27 GMT)

First This is not an ICC event. This is a private event organized by BCCI, AUS,SA boards. So all BD fans calm down ( and your team may be included next year) @gtzshotta @Andy99 They had a choice(whether to sign the contract or not). And as per the franchise contract they have the first preference over the players in which case they have to pay the money to their home teams.All Players were pretty much aware of these points when they signed contract So they CHOOSE home vs club not the franchise. Also why dont other clubs see this as an opportunity to give more chance to domestic players?. And when we had 3 ipl teams it was actually india who was at loss in terms of opportunities because we had only 21 indian players where as other teams like AUS / SA had 22 + IPL players .

Posted by rsurya on (September 15, 2012, 6:18 GMT)

Its a platform where best performing players from rest of the IPL team show their talent and get a good bid in the auction and come back next year to play against his own team.

Posted by AhaanSM on (September 15, 2012, 5:50 GMT)

Uva Next shouldn't play the qualifiers. They were the winners. Delhi Daredevils who came 3rd are getting a direct entry. Why do they think that IPL is bigger than SLPL?

Posted by TORONTO123456 on (September 15, 2012, 3:53 GMT)

Chris Gayle is playing for - UVA NEXT - Sri lanka for Champions tropy

Posted by xylo on (September 15, 2012, 3:31 GMT)

wow... Ed Cowan had a T20 contract??

Posted by YS_USA on (September 15, 2012, 3:11 GMT)

IPL allows 4 foreign players for each of its teams and BBL and other T20 leagues allow only 2 foreign players, but if they want, they can have 4 foreign players or even more than 4 if they want.

Posted by YS_USA on (September 15, 2012, 2:23 GMT)

IPL players get their final installment of pay only after the CLT20 tournament, so, if they do not show up, the final installment will not be there and they are also participating in $6 million dollar prize money which is in addition to their IPL salaries. Teams not getting direct entry still want to qualify for: $2.5 million - Winners $1.3 million - Runners-up $500,000 - Losers in semi-finals $200,000 - Teams eliminated in the group stage

Posted by YS_USA on (September 15, 2012, 2:04 GMT)

There are 4 IPL teams because india owns 50% of the tournament and Australia and SA own 25% each and so they have 2 teams each. Other teams are invited by the tournament organizers as they please. Originally, UK and WI, both were invited to be part owners of the tournament but they inclined for their own reasons.

Posted by caught_knott_bowled_old on (September 15, 2012, 0:21 GMT)

For all those asking about Chris Gayle, he's joined Manchester United FC! :)

Posted by torsha on (September 14, 2012, 21:57 GMT)

Finally, that's good news. YOU cannot leave your teams as per contract rules of IPL under any circumstances. IF T&T is good enough then on their day, they can win over any of IPL teams but come on rules should be followed.

Posted by gtzshotta on (September 14, 2012, 21:13 GMT)

Highly disappointing. Bravo, Pollard, Narine already being paid top dollar for IPL each year, play for your OWN T&T!! IPL seems like they want to run the Champions league as well, why not just play a 2nd IPL instead of a Champions League then?? Hope all the IPL teams exit quickly and in trouncing fashion.

Posted by Soso_killer on (September 14, 2012, 21:05 GMT)

Can anyone explain why other teams dont qualify directly? E.g. English teams, is it because their t20 domestic circuit is weaker? Or is this a Indian, South African and Australian event? Can any1 help?

Posted by ottoflick on (September 14, 2012, 19:56 GMT)

Breaking news........ Chris Gayle signed to play 4 Trinidad and tobago in clt20. Btw 1st round exits 4 ipl teams. Ia

Posted by kadalai on (September 14, 2012, 17:55 GMT)

I am surprised to see so many ppl ridiculing ipl and the players who opt to play for ipl. what is wrong in seeking money? if u had a chance wouldn't u? some have commented that these players have forgotten their roots....absolute rubbish. If a player is better appreciated and compensated at different place what is wrong in playing for better compensation?

Posted by   on (September 14, 2012, 17:30 GMT)

Why SLPL Champion is in Champions league and not BPLT20 Champion Not included In Champions league T20?

BCCI is responsible for not including BPLT20 Champion Dhaka Gladiator team.

Posted by   on (September 14, 2012, 17:12 GMT)

Why Dhaka warriors not in champions league 2012?

Is it not insult for us?

Answer this question Champions league authority!!!!!

Posted by   on (September 14, 2012, 16:50 GMT)

You don't have to complain just because BCCI is involved. You say CL is a meaningless tournament. You say IPL has a lot of money. IPL now has to pay the home boards of these players. Isn't that a good thing? The rich IPL having to part with some money over a "meaningless tournament"?

Posted by deadite11 on (September 14, 2012, 16:33 GMT)

There is no Idea of Champions league since the revolution of IPL started at 2008. BCCI has most shares and CSA, ACB has their part. so majority of IPL teams included in CL. But 3 IPL teams is fair.

Posted by Andy99 on (September 14, 2012, 16:09 GMT)

Get your facts straight. T&T players were forced to play for the IPL teams, they did not have a choice.

Posted by   on (September 14, 2012, 16:01 GMT)

Why Bangladesh T20 winner not included in this T20CL?

Posted by asadc2003 on (September 14, 2012, 15:20 GMT)

what a rubbish formate where champions from other countries are play in qualifying stage and 3rd and 4th team from ipl playing directly ............the turna,ent should be named as ipl champions league.......................

Posted by Dashgar on (September 14, 2012, 15:19 GMT)

@Hasitha, the IPL are the most dominant member of the group who run this comp (along with SA and Aus). They tried playing fair in the first series but the Australian teams dominated that so since then they've put half their league in. That way even if the Indian teams suck they take all their opponents key players away. If India only had their champion in then there would only be Lee and Narine who would need to choose their team. Don't worry about this comp. It had potential but it's been reduced to an ad for the IPL

Posted by   on (September 14, 2012, 14:52 GMT)

The name of CLT20 should be changed to ICLT20, why there are 4 indian teams and all those who are playing for IPL but not from their home teams should jump in the river..... i suggest from next they should put all IPL teams in this ........ its going to be the worst tournament of all time !!

Posted by DONSILVA on (September 14, 2012, 14:08 GMT)

Majiat Samat shocked to see Mehal J as a DD captain, at it will give a clear idear about his cricking knowledge and expsoure. As per experts Mahela is the noumber one captain in the world

Posted by bored_iam on (September 14, 2012, 14:03 GMT)

A strong T&T is always exciting! Shame that they are going to miss Narine, Bravo and Pollard!

Posted by mus_tard on (September 14, 2012, 14:01 GMT)

i actually followed up the situation with trinidad and the ipl contract said that they have to play for their ipl teams whenever needed so the players did not habr a choice as they done trindad and tobago contracts

Posted by ----LoveTheWayLionsPlay--- on (September 14, 2012, 13:48 GMT)

Chris Gayle was in Uva Next squad for SLPL. He missed the SLPL due to injuries. But as the CEO of the Uva Next franchise says, Gayle has signed a three-year contract with Uva. In a similar case Pakistan's Shahid Afridi missed English domestic T20 competition. But Afridi is going to play for Hampshire in the Champions League T20. Why two different effects for two same kind of incidents ? Only difference is Gayle has played in the IPL & Afridi has not.

Posted by MunafAhmed811 on (September 14, 2012, 13:39 GMT)

Hasitha Jayanath Wickramasinghe : Becos India owns the tournament. They can place 8 teams if they want. Consider it lucky that SLPL has been given one slot. Besides its a club level tournament so do not unnecessarily make it a country issue controversy

Posted by Dashgar on (September 14, 2012, 13:29 GMT)

@a.barthelot, maybe it is football. That's probably why former Man Utd player Phil Nevill has been named for Sydney sixers instead of Peter Nevill.

Posted by   on (September 14, 2012, 13:17 GMT)

SHOCKED????DD captain is JAYWARDHANE,.,

Posted by Gizza on (September 14, 2012, 13:11 GMT)

Where does the compensation money go? I think for example T&T pay the $450,000 compensation it receives from the IPL clubs directly to its non-IPL players. Same for the other teams. It will make these players lean toward the club of their home nationality in future years.

Posted by   on (September 14, 2012, 13:08 GMT)

how indian has 4 teams while others have one or two ?

Posted by wolfofthepack on (September 14, 2012, 12:50 GMT)

@ (rishi kemraj) sports is entertainment but it is also people's job and u have no right to judge anybody cause i am sure if u are gettin paid more in a next company u will go there!

Posted by fennocious on (September 14, 2012, 12:30 GMT)

IPL is destroying cricket.

Posted by   on (September 14, 2012, 12:27 GMT)

Actually, the rule is : If an IPL team gets the first dibs on a player and if IPL team decided to pick the player, then they pay 150K to his 'home' team. But, there is no provision for a player to opt out if IPL team picks him. If he is not picked, then he is free to play for the home team. Mark Boucher was released to play for his home team 'Warriors'.

Posted by   on (September 14, 2012, 12:25 GMT)

@Rishi Kemraj....with respect the the 3 Trinidad Players they were told they cannot play for Trinidad and have to play for the IPL teams. There is a clause in the policy which prevented them from playing for Trinidad once their IPL team is involved. It was never about the money!!!! Also i am pretty sure the Trinidad Cricket board wont mind too much as they are getting US150K which is about 1 million trini dollars which would go a long way into the development of facilities and investment into youth cricket. Also Trinidad is not even guaranteed a spot in the main round as they have to play in a play off to qualify so it would be a wise decision for these players to play for a team that has already qualified for the tournament.

Posted by AndrewFromOz on (September 14, 2012, 12:24 GMT)

What a massive gigantic yawn. These so-called "franchises" are as artificial and meaningless as US baseball teams that are based in a city one season, then move hundreds of miles to some other city next season. They represent nobody except for the millionaires who fund them to massage their huge egos. Actual "fans" mean nothing.

Posted by himohan007 on (September 14, 2012, 12:11 GMT)

@ Rally_Windies may TTCB wanted it pay WICB debt to sarvan lol.Just for fun.

Posted by isuru17 on (September 14, 2012, 12:04 GMT)

UVA next will win this time.. they had great team.

Posted by   on (September 14, 2012, 12:01 GMT)

How come Micheal Bates is playing for both Auckland Aces and Hampshire. Guess he will be doing a 'Double' duty... :P

Posted by himohan007 on (September 14, 2012, 11:55 GMT)

Though an Indian can't agree always what BCCI does. MI should have been in the qualification round. But Mr. Ambani is feared how costly it would be if it eliminates from qual round. Surly BCCI want star intl players to be played in IPL team to increase the chance of wining the cup among one of them. If a IPL team wins then polarity of next year IPL will increase. @dabhand England castigated when did that happend,at which galaxy you are taking about. India not castigated dont you remember Tony Grieg of England and his famous pathetic speech and its support. cricinfo pls publish.

Posted by   on (September 14, 2012, 11:53 GMT)

And what about chris gayle?????

Posted by   on (September 14, 2012, 11:46 GMT)

which team does chris gayle play for????

Posted by isurufdo247 on (September 14, 2012, 11:35 GMT)

if gayle play for uva next,they hv a grt chance in winning CPL.......

Posted by   on (September 14, 2012, 11:34 GMT)

2 teams from the IPL should have automatic entry. others should have to play qualifying phase

Posted by   on (September 14, 2012, 11:31 GMT)

Wer is Chris Gyle....If Shahid Afridi is going o play for Hamshire (registered to play and not played)....Why not Gyle can not play for Uva next-Sri Lanka...

Posted by ssss8888 on (September 14, 2012, 11:29 GMT)

Where is James Franklin???? hes better than mitchell johnson.... now mi will lose!!!

Posted by mngc on (September 14, 2012, 11:28 GMT)

@rishi kemraj. This is not about playing for country and greed. T&T is an anomaly because in cricket we have first class status and WI is the "country". We even have to go through qualifying rounds and this shows how low we are in the pecking order.In short T&T has club / county status only. I did the maths and there was a lot of discussion on the Express site. What these 3 players earn in 6 weeks of IPL is equivalent to working in a regular job for 50 YEARS. Without this revenue, they will never be in a position to own a home. Further, there is no pro cricket in the WI of any substance so the chance of getting alternative reasonable income is very low. Given that in this scenario I believe that 99.9999% of people in this world would play for their IPL club. Be honest. Would you play for "club" T&T instead? If you say yes then you would have to be very rich and don't need the money.

Posted by paps123 on (September 14, 2012, 11:27 GMT)

Its a flimsy tournament dictated by BCCI where 4 Indian teams play full of the best International players against Domestic teams (only 1or 2 per country) with all the leftover international players, whom IPL is not interested in, and expect that it would be a competitive tournament. Instead BCCI should come to our cities in India and make the IPL teams play against our various School teams and win the match and have parties in the night for celebrating the SUCCESS of winning.

Posted by Karnain on (September 14, 2012, 11:13 GMT)

Currently most votes are for Delhi Daredevils

Posted by   on (September 14, 2012, 11:10 GMT)

It is nice to see some Pakistan Players like Umar Gul coming into the fray courtesy of the SLPL (Uva), they are spice which is sadly missed in the IPL Masala. Hope we can see more of them in the future as Political Tensions ease.

Posted by   on (September 14, 2012, 11:06 GMT)

@ UAETigers - Correct headline should be - IPL exposed Money-Minded Cricketers

Posted by   on (September 14, 2012, 11:05 GMT)

This is a clear example of big money rules . Loyality gone through the window as big dollars keep rolling in .I do hope they all remember which Country made them what they are today .

Posted by   on (September 14, 2012, 11:04 GMT)

its very nice to see shahid afridi playing in the tournament for the first tym....it will be very exciting with the boom boom pyro technics

Posted by sre_28 on (September 14, 2012, 10:54 GMT)

Where is Shadab Jakati????????

Posted by Dashgar on (September 14, 2012, 10:50 GMT)

On the Aussie test players. Hilfy, Warner, Watson and Hussey are the only ones in the starting XI at the moment so we won't be hurt too much.

Posted by RFC73 on (September 14, 2012, 10:49 GMT)

As I've said before the ICC should insist that each domestic T 20 league has a two overseas player per squad limit - which would even the playing field - and insist that everyone plays for their home team if there is a choice. of course two overseas players per squad in each league a clash would occur less often. btw, shouldn't there be 16 teams made up of two each from IND,AUS SA, ENG and PAK plus one from SL, NZ, WI, BD and ZIM plus either the holdes (if they don't qualify) or an extra team from whatever country won it the previous year? I found it unfair that NSW weren't allowed to defend their title in 2010 beacuse they weren't in AUS top two that year - doesn't happen in football's UCL. Chelsea are alowed to defend it even though they weren't in the top four of the EPL and thus wouldn't have qualified.

Posted by thenoostar on (September 14, 2012, 10:45 GMT)

Shame there is no ZIM team listed. They arent too bad at T20.

Posted by PakFan1209 on (September 14, 2012, 10:44 GMT)

I hope sialkot stallions wins

Posted by UAETigers on (September 14, 2012, 10:34 GMT)

Correct head line should be, IPL sucks players out of their team ;)

Posted by SinhalaBuddhistRacistfromSriLanka on (September 14, 2012, 10:30 GMT)

@parthaacs this is not football this is cricket

Posted by   on (September 14, 2012, 10:29 GMT)

Greed greed greed is best to described the three T & T players,what happens to country first,afterall its only a sport

Posted by Romeo46 on (September 14, 2012, 10:27 GMT)

I think delhi daredevils will champion league...

Posted by 1_234 on (September 14, 2012, 10:23 GMT)

It is not that far when players will prefer playing for ipl instead of the national team.

Posted by Munkeymomo on (September 14, 2012, 10:21 GMT)

@parth: Agree, strongest teams auto qualify, IPL should be like the English football league, top 3 auto and 4th place qualifying round. I'm glad to see Sialkot in this year, they deserve to be in it. Top 2 from every league except 3 from BBL/MiWay T20 would be ideal. Maybe just one from BPL/Zimbabwe T20.

Posted by   on (September 14, 2012, 10:19 GMT)

To which team does chris gayle play?????????????

Posted by QingdaoXI on (September 14, 2012, 10:13 GMT)

Common on Mumbai do it again: 1) Smith/Levi 2) Tendulkar 3) Rayudu 4) Rohit 5) Kartik 6) Pollard 7) T.Perera 8) Harbhajan 9) Malinga 10) Munaf 11) Kulkarni/Ojha. We will win for sure. DD looks good but should be handled well, KKR dont have chance as there will be no spinning pitches to help Narine, Abdulla and Shakib, Chennai will do good. From qualifiers i think Sialkot will qualify for main draw and will also be joined by Uva next.

Posted by Selassie-I on (September 14, 2012, 10:10 GMT)

Disusting that some players are chosing their IPL teams over their countries and home areas. Bet that will improve their home popularity. Guess some of the Aussies must be sick of losing in the short formants so need to go with Indian teams to have a chance of winning something.

Posted by shanr400 on (September 14, 2012, 10:04 GMT)

In the case of the trinidadian players they actually wanted to play for their country but were told by the ipl big boys that they cant and.....so its not all about the money.... the headline is misleading

Posted by EmperorDravid on (September 14, 2012, 10:03 GMT)

Daredevils made a great decision in appointing Mahela as the captain. Now DD have a great chance of winning the tournaments as DD have a great team and a great captain.

Posted by rickyvoncanterbury on (September 14, 2012, 9:57 GMT)

I am only speaking from a personal feeling here, and i think the local clubs should take all the money they can get off the ipl, then the respective national boards should ban the players .

Posted by   on (September 14, 2012, 9:52 GMT)

there should be more teams Plus another qualification round!

Posted by dabhand on (September 14, 2012, 9:51 GMT)

Amazing how in this competition it's OK for 'foreigners' to play for Indian teams yet England get castigated for having 'foreigners' who have qualified by residence and/or passports to play for them in their team. Double standards - money talks eh !

Posted by parthaacs on (September 14, 2012, 9:38 GMT)

even in football champions league, english, german and spanish teams get automatic qualifications even if they are not the champions of their league. where as champions in countries like scotland have to qualify. so that's the way in cricket as well. so why do people complain about it?

IPL teams by the virtue of number of foreign players opting to it is better than some of the teams from other countries. so they are expected to have more representation. what they could have done is to put the 4th team in ipl in the qualifaction round.

Posted by Hardy1 on (September 14, 2012, 9:30 GMT)

I don't understand. What reason do the players have to go for their 'local' teams anyway? First off, how many players are even playing for the team located in the area that they're from? Australia, South Africa & West Indies covers a large area. Secondly, why should the players feel any affection for this 'local' team that was made just a few years ago? Absolutely nothing wrong with choosing the IPL teams that have more publicity and more money to offer.

Posted by Akheel on (September 14, 2012, 9:23 GMT)

Uva Next is looking good. dont be surprised, they show up at the finals.

Posted by Narbavi on (September 14, 2012, 9:21 GMT)

@Karnain: keep dreaming man, lol, i will be surprised if lanka make it to the semis in the first place

Posted by FM97 on (September 14, 2012, 9:05 GMT)

Although I'm an Indian and a CSK fan, I want a foreign team to lift the cup... Perth Scorchers & Hampshire seem to be the best among all non-IPL teams in this competition. Titans also a good team,but SA teams might choke even in their own backyard... while Uva are stupid in not playing Chris Gayle, The three players of T&T should be given a nice kick on their rear for their greed and impudence.

Posted by Flash_hard27 on (September 14, 2012, 9:02 GMT)

I have little interest in T20 and even less in this competition but this is wrong. The playing field is tilted so heavily towards the IPL teams already with them able to play 4 overseas player whilst teams from other nations are restricted to 2. The fourth placed IPL team automatically qualifies for the main competition whilst teams from other nations have to go through a qualifying stage. What next the Indian teams get to field 15 players whilst their opposition field 7? In what way is this a competition? Pathetic, i won't be tuning into the games

Posted by LionSing on (September 14, 2012, 9:00 GMT)

CSK will rock always!!! Time to take revenge on KKR...

Posted by Rajah_skn on (September 14, 2012, 8:55 GMT)

CLT20 is not an international event. Not necessarily listen to country boards, unless there is any international match scheduled in that time. The players own choice to go wherever they get treated ($$$) well. So leave it guys.

Posted by Anueleven on (September 14, 2012, 8:55 GMT)

At least one team from all the participating countries should be given a chance to take part in the main tournament and not just qualifiers.Out of the six teams from five countries in the qualification round, only two will get the chance to be in the main tournament.If Hampshire & Yorkshire win both their qualification games, there will be no representation from WICB,SLC,PCB & NZC in the main tournament, which I think is very unfortunate & unfair.A premier tournament like CLT20 should have teams from many different countries competing for the title & should not limit itself to teams from 3 or 4 countries.Having only 3 or 4 countries in the tournament, would mean, viewership for a global tournament like CLT20 mainly from those 4 countries.Having at least one team from 8 countries would drastically increase the viewership & also the standard of the tournament.

Posted by   on (September 14, 2012, 8:54 GMT)

A good move from the Trinidad players. The Champions League is not a nation against nation tournament, and I don't see anyone else sending regional teams. This "mixed" format is a little confusing to West Indians, who are the only international team playing a group of independent nations united together. You wouldn't see England and Wales and Scotland playing in the Champions league, even though they collectively make up Great Britain, so why should Jamaica or Trinidad play against a club team from Mumbai?

Posted by joseyesu on (September 14, 2012, 8:54 GMT)

That means neither of their country feeds them to what they want. Atleast there is a unity in this

Posted by Marcio on (September 14, 2012, 8:54 GMT)

Yes! The Mumbai Indians have taken Mitchell Johnson. Our plan is working better than we thought!

Posted by Heisenburg on (September 14, 2012, 8:53 GMT)

These players don't deserve the hate, they just want to make more money, leave them alone.

Posted by Vibhanu on (September 14, 2012, 8:51 GMT)

shame on Champions League.Destroy the spirit of the game and make the players run after money.Destroy the demand and the reputation of great test and one day players and also make sloggers, kings of cricket.I wonder in the future players would trade their country for money....

Posted by   on (September 14, 2012, 8:48 GMT)

Maybe one day when the Champions League is held in higher prestige, the domestic sides of West Indies, NZ, SA, Australia etc will put more pressure on their players to play for them. At the moment they see this competition as a good way to give their domestic players a bit of international competition - winning is a bonus. In fact, many will already think they have won by receiving the $150,000 compensation - which also gives the opportunity for another domestic player to step into the shoes of the missing player. It really is a win-win for the non-IPL team, even though at the end of the tournament the table may say lose-lose.

Posted by akbaassu on (September 14, 2012, 8:47 GMT)

Amazing wat money can do to everyone

Posted by sonu77 on (September 14, 2012, 8:47 GMT)

Chris Gayle not in the Uva Next squad! this will be a huge relief for other teams.Delhi Daredevils are the my favourites to win the title followed by KKR & Mumbai Indians.Uva Next will be the dark horse of the tournament.

Posted by   on (September 14, 2012, 8:42 GMT)

Sixers , Hampshire , Yorkshire and Sialkot is full of talent . watch out IPL teams

Posted by veerakannadiga on (September 14, 2012, 8:39 GMT)

Champions league is an extension of other leagues (ipl,bbl etc).Its reasonable that the players can choose which team to represent.

Posted by natasrik on (September 14, 2012, 8:39 GMT)

Sanjay has said he cannot visualize Indian team going to SA in 2013 without Sachin Tendulkar. To me it is a long way to go, the real test is going to be next month when Sachin play for MI in SA for the CL.

Posted by   on (September 14, 2012, 8:39 GMT)

DD's line-up should be :- 1) Warner, 2) Unmukt, 3) Sehwag, 4) KP, 5) Mahela/ Taylor, 6) Irfan, 7) Naman Ojha(wk), 8) Negi / Nadeem 9) Varun Aaron 10) Morkel 11) Umesh Yadav.

Posted by Cricket_Psycho on (September 14, 2012, 8:38 GMT)

Why there's no team from Bangladesh??? This is unfair!! Dhaka Gladiators the champions of BPL should be there!

Posted by   on (September 14, 2012, 8:34 GMT)

Where is Chris Gayle??? I thought he is represented Uva Next... But I can't see his name...

Posted by   on (September 14, 2012, 8:32 GMT)

This time teams are more balanced. Every team seems to have bought overseas players (except Pak's domestic team). Should be a good contest. Of all IPL teams, DD looks better (considering the fact that matches will be played on Fast and Bouncy Tracks, and they have got just the right players to perform there), but still it's T20, anything can happen. DD should keep in mind what had happened with them in IPL semi-final(s). Good Luck.

Posted by hachan on (September 14, 2012, 8:28 GMT)

sialkot gonna rockkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

Posted by   on (September 14, 2012, 8:28 GMT)

Bit of a shame, would have been great to see how competitve a full strength T&T would be. Wow, Auckland are going to get hammered.

Posted by Karnain on (September 14, 2012, 8:28 GMT)

@Çapn Ebenezer Michael: Mahela is the captain of DD because by the time Champions League starts he will be the one who lifts the ICC World T20.

Posted by   on (September 14, 2012, 8:27 GMT)

Sialkot will win..or will be in semeis

Posted by CRmadrid on (September 14, 2012, 8:27 GMT)

No team from Sri Lanka?????

Posted by Atifkhan3489 on (September 14, 2012, 8:27 GMT)

It is not champions league.it is half ipl becoz 4 teams of ipl have directly qualified to the main stage.if it were champions league, then a team frm BPL and a team frm SLPL have to play in it and there were no qualifying round.all champions t20 club should have directly qualified through to the main stage.and lot of pakistani want sialkot stallions in main round not in qualifying.

Posted by VSinha29 on (September 14, 2012, 8:25 GMT)

As if there ever was a doubt!!

Posted by Yevghenny on (September 14, 2012, 8:20 GMT)

these west indians are a poor example. They are average international cricketers and they abandon Trinidad on the biggest stage. Give something back, they should have enough money by now

Posted by chilled_avenger on (September 14, 2012, 8:20 GMT)

So let's see! IPL teams play 4 overseas players,while other teams mostly rely on local talent and play 1-2 overseas player at most,if at all. In fact,Mumbai Indians get to play 5 overseas players last year thanks to some convenient rule bending,even though they had local players available! Add to that the fact that 4 IPL teams gets direct entry while Champions from other countries have to go through qualifying rounds! Even though I am an Indian fan,I'd rather see a fair tournament where none of the teams get added advantage than the farce that this so called Champions League have become where a team placed 4th among 9 teams gets direct entry!

Posted by KunzMan on (September 14, 2012, 8:18 GMT)

@Chatpata_Dun: I tried hard to find your point but failed.

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (September 14, 2012, 8:14 GMT)

Thats being very greedy. Cricket is getting very materialistic. Cricket and players are losing worth.

Posted by Narbavi on (September 14, 2012, 8:14 GMT)

Pollard, Narine and Bravo, these three are just a complete disgrace to their country T&T, cannot believe that they did this to their nation, and mitchell johnson?? lol, who told him that he will be given a place in the mumbai indians team anyway??

Posted by satish619chandar on (September 14, 2012, 8:12 GMT)

Let us be frank. No IPL team is pushing giving interviews that the players MUST play for them. The local teams get money from franchises and they are leaving out their guys. I dont see any point in blaming the IPL/BCCI for this. If there is anyone to be blamed, it would be the players and their boards. A bit surprised to see WI guys picking IPL. What is the stand of the sports minister now over this?

Posted by   on (September 14, 2012, 8:10 GMT)

This would increase Uva's chances to get qualified for the main tournament ;)

Posted by   on (September 14, 2012, 8:06 GMT)

mahela is the captain of Delhi? how?

Posted by   on (September 14, 2012, 8:04 GMT)

Champions League, is a non competitive.. Look at the number of "international players" that are playing in each team.. Each IPL team has atleast 3 Indian players which are part of national team (and hence they are international players) + 4 foreign players are also national players for their respective countries. Where as the foreign teams in CL T20, hardly has 2-3 national players.. No competition!!!

Posted by Lakpj on (September 14, 2012, 8:03 GMT)

It is unfair for those domestic teams, players needs to remember that these IPL teams picked them because of their performances representing their countries and domestic teams. Think of Pollard it was T&T had gave him the opportunity to come to the champion league first not Mumbai.

Posted by Rally_Windies on (September 14, 2012, 7:54 GMT)

this is the second year in a row, that the TTCB has preferred the money and 3 free slots to expose new and emerging players to the IPL ...

lets face facts...

if Bravo and Pollard were available to T&T in the 2010 IPL .. Narine would not have bowled and not made his mark.. Nor would Kevon Cooper been able to get a game ahead of Bravo and Pollard ..

Narine was the 4th Spinner behind, Dave Mohommed, Samuel Badree, and Sherwin Ganga in that order ...

When Pollard and Bravo are available, T&T play 2 spinners, when they are absent T&T play 3 spinners ...

it required, an injury to Dave Mohommed, and the absence of Pollard and Bravo for Narine to bowl...

People have no idea how close Narine was to never bowling a ball in any IPL cricket ....

Posted by jayaboy on (September 14, 2012, 7:52 GMT)

then what happen to the 'UVA NEXT' team.they have to play without a head coah,because Robin Singh will coach the Mumbai Indians.so mrs.Ambani should have pay for SLCB .anyway UN will be the champs this year,as they have Chris Gayle and lots of talented players in their squad. local-dilshan munaweera,seekkuge prasanna.kandambi,senanayake,bhanuka foreign-shoib malik,umar gul,chanderpaul,oram,andrew Mcdonald

Posted by AshishFromIndia on (September 14, 2012, 7:50 GMT)

Here you go, WI players have again choosen the Money over country. WI sports minsitry tried to force the WI player to represent T & T. But all efforts in vein.

Posted by Sakthiivel on (September 14, 2012, 7:50 GMT)

Only squad which doesnt changed from the beginning is CSK . Awesome!!

Posted by sawifan on (September 14, 2012, 7:49 GMT)

Its a tough thing to comment about really, with good arguments both for and against these players choosing their IPL team over their 'home' teams. The only argument that is null and void is the 'they are only famous cos of the IPL' tripe that some IPL fans wheel out. If they didn't make a name for themselves with their home teams 'first', they'd never have been heard of by IPL team management. I believe there should be some clause in which the teams, IPL or not, who 'win' the services of dual representatives are forced to play these players in each game. If a team benches one of these players, its really 'not cricket!'

Posted by sweetspot on (September 14, 2012, 7:46 GMT)

Excellent! I couldn't be happier as a CSK fan!

Posted by   on (September 14, 2012, 7:45 GMT)

its all money matters...IPL franchises pay higher then the domestic`s franchises... this is not CLT20...this will 2IPLT20 LEAGUE...

Posted by Jeet1123 on (September 14, 2012, 7:45 GMT)

It is good decision by all these players. Afterall all these players are professionals and need to earn money to survive. So nothing wrong in choosing IPL teams over other.

Posted by   on (September 14, 2012, 7:45 GMT)

lack of justice from IPL. All foreign players should play from their home sides, then the Champion League is real Champion League.

Posted by BigMachine on (September 14, 2012, 7:40 GMT)

I think it is a shame that this is allowed to happen. A home nation should always take precendance. I suppose money talks these days

Posted by jmcilhinney on (September 14, 2012, 7:38 GMT)

Of course the players chose their IPL teams. How much more money are the IPL teams likely to be paying them and do we really think that the IPL teams wouldn't put pressure on them to do so? T20 franchises are businesses and will behave like businesses, so this is no surprise. It's not really the IPL that's hurting the sport of cricket because other T20 franchise competitions would do the same if they could. It's just that they can't because they don't have the same amount of money on offer. It's the money available in the IPL that's hurting the sport of cricket and this is just one example. I'd say that Michael Hussey is a man of integrity when it comes to cricket players and even he's going with his IPL team over his state. Disappointing. The IPL is only "the best T20 competition" because of the international players and they're just there because of the money. If the IPL teams had to do without those players then good luck winning the CLT20.

Posted by   on (September 14, 2012, 7:30 GMT)

not a good sign to leave thre domestic teams for your league. It effects unity of national domestic system and creates imbalance in teams playing Champions League.

Posted by Buckers410 on (September 14, 2012, 7:29 GMT)

Damn T&T nee dthose three

Posted by   on (September 14, 2012, 7:27 GMT)

this is wrong they should play for first country then their local team than ipl this shows money is bigger than game BCCI should intervene this

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