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South Africa to host Champions League

Firdose Moonda

June 26, 2012

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MS Dhoni lifts the Champions League Twenty20 trophy, Warriors v Chennai, Champions League Twenty20, Johannesburg, September 26, 2010
South Africa hosted the CLT20 in 2010 as well © AFP
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South Africa is set to be the host of this year's Champions League T20 in October (between October 9 to 28)*, with Cape Town, Johannesburg, Centurion and Durban as the venues. The decision is yet to be formally announced but Sundar Raman, a member of the CLT20's technical committee, confirmed it through a tweet.

This will be the second time - the first was in 2010 - in four years that the CLT20, the world's most lucrative club-cricket tournament, will be held in South Africa. India had hosted the tournament in the other two years, and were originally frontrunners to hold the competition in 2012 as well.

South Africa's summer will just be beginning in October, which means temperatures will rise into the 20s for Johannesburg and Centurion. Durban will be its usual warm self while Cape Town can be expected to be cooler, as it was for last year's Australia Test. The pitches will be fairly lively up on the Highveld (Johannesburg and Centurion), while Durban should also help quick bowlers.

The governing council of the CLT20 had met last month in an attempt to finalise the format and venue of this season's tournament, but hadn't been able to reach a decision. One confirmed change from last season is the inclusion of Sialkot Stallions, Pakistan's domestic champions.

The other teams which have made it to, at least the qualifying stage of the tournament, are: Kolkata Knight Riders, Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Daredevils, Mumbai Indians (all four from the IPL), Auckland Aces (from New Zealand), Trinidad & Tobago (from West Indies), Sydney Sixers, Perth Scorchers (both from Australia's Big Bash League), Titans, Lions (both from South Africa). The representatives from Sri Lanka and England will be decided after next month's Sri Lanka Premier League and the ongoing Friends Life t20.

The IPL teams will be treading familiar ground in South Africa but the franchises will miss out on the opportunity to keep the momentum generated by the big crowds that turned out during the 2012 IPL. Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Daredevils in particular benefitted from the surge in attendance and the CLT20 would have been the ideal opportunity to keep their fans engaged and coming to the stadiums, especially with Knight Riders winning it all this season.

Playing in South Africa also increases the operating costs for the IPL Teams, while reducing the exposure their sponsors get from being associated with the teams. The only potential benefit is that it gives the teams a chance to reach out to their overseas fans, something the Daredevils hope to capitalise on.

"The Indian teams that have qualified for the tournament are all familiar with the conditions there since IPL 2009 was held there," TA Sekar, Head (Cricket), GMR Sports - the owners of Daredevils - said. "The Champions League T20 being played in South Africa will [also] let the IPL teams enhance their fan base."

South African franchises, though, will not make substantial gains from hosting the tournament. The two participating franchises, Lions and Titans, will receive their participation fees and any prize money while the four unions based at the stadiums will be paid hosting fees. Any profit made by CSA, as shareholders of the event, will be credited to them and distributions to affiliates will take place out of a pool, in accordance with normal procedure.

(Additional reporting by Tariq Engineer)

* - 0700GMT, Jul 3, 2012 - The actual dates were added after they were confirmed by Cricket South Africa, Cricket Australia and the BCCI

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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Posted by Htc-Android on (June 27, 2012, 18:30 GMT)

thank god mumbai made it to the top 4 in this years ipl. if not they would have played 5 ipl teams with all 5 ipl teams directly qualifying to the tournament. i am sure this will happen in the future. ridiculous.

Posted by EnglishCricket on (June 27, 2012, 15:14 GMT)

To be honest this Cricket Champions League is nothing really because most people don't even watch it and reading some articles on it financially, it loses money every year and sponsorships. Those who say this Champions League is unfair are right but have to understand that for some pathetic reason is owned by BCCI majority when really should such competitions should exist should actually be run by the governing body of Cricket ICC. This is how the Champions league of Cricket should be so that all is fair - 3 teams from Indian T20 league, 2 from England T20 league and 1 each from Australian, Bangladeshi, South African, Caribbean, Zimbabwe, Pakistan, Sri Lanka etc plus the previous holders from Champions league from whatever country that way it will be an interesting and exciting tournament or something similar according to me.

Posted by Kohli--The_Messi_of_Cricket on (June 27, 2012, 14:44 GMT)

@DINESHCC : LOL. Thanks for that comment. Had the laugh of the day.

Posted by Kohli--The_Messi_of_Cricket on (June 27, 2012, 14:43 GMT)

@Fanatic_cricko : That's the thing. BPL has many overseas stars but not a single local player of international standards. The four you mentioned are all Pakistanis so including a BPL team would basically mean including a mini-Pakistan team.

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (June 27, 2012, 12:31 GMT)

@g.narisma,as i have told u few times earlier that pak has way beter record overall in all 3 formats plus far more authoritative when it comes to playng against eng,wi.AUS have been a bug bear to al asians no doubt.It was pak who used to chalenge the great windies of al times ,we nearly won d series in 87,2001 bt sufrd teribly due to bad umpirng jst like d recent match of pak vs sl,u seem too much obsesed with stats so i hope u would visit stats of results i m mentioning to.Ur team reasonably came good aftr 2000 but were used to be undrdogs mostly bfor that,unfortunatly,Ur team once again going to pre 2000 era

Posted by AunShak on (June 27, 2012, 11:06 GMT)

@Harsha Veerendranath : so what if india is the highest stake holder ... and it they ahve to show it then why even bother bringing other teams .. just bring a couple of more indian teams and call it mini-ipl ... the whole concept of this tournament to see the best doemsstic team in entire international circuit and for that ther eshould be a balance ... having two teams from all interantional cricketing countries makes that balance ... and it also proves that the two teams that worked hard to reach the finals at their domestic level deserve to be in a tournament where a champion is crowned rather than ignoring hard work of many teams and just bringing in teams from their own tournament just for the sake of having higher stakes ... it is like saying ifi bring the bat to the game then i am the captain and ill bat first no matter who ever deserves it better and can do better than me ... ifyou want to arrange an internation tournament then make sure all countries are treated same

Posted by AunShak on (June 27, 2012, 11:06 GMT)

@Harsha Veerendranath : so what if india is the highest stake holder ... and it they ahve to show it then why even bother bringing other teams .. just bring a couple of more indian teams and call it mini-ipl ... the whole concept of this tournament to see the best doemsstic team in entire international circuit and for that ther eshould be a balance ... having two teams from all interantional cricketing countries makes that balance ... and it also proves that the two teams that worked hard to reach the finals at their domestic level deserve to be in a tournament where a champion is crowned rather than ignoring hard work of many teams and just bringing in teams from their own tournament just for the sake of having higher stakes ... it is like saying ifi bring the bat to the game then i am the captain and ill bat first no matter who ever deserves it better and can do better than me ... ifyou want to arrange an internation tournament then make sure all countries are treated same

Posted by AunShak on (June 27, 2012, 10:46 GMT)

My question is simple ... why term Champions League as an international tournament for domestic teams when majority of teams are from india only ... does this mean other countries are not good enough to give two teams atleast ... offcourse every domestic tournament has two teams in the final so why not reduce teams from india and make a balance of team qualifying for it to atleast 2 teams per country ... why ignore teams from countries which qualified to reach the final and yet brintwo teams that didnt even reach the final in one tournament ... is this a messages that indian teams that dont do too well in their domestic tournaments are still good enough to replace teams from countries which reached to the finals of their own tournaments

Posted by Fanatic_cricko on (June 27, 2012, 9:52 GMT)

Dhaka Gladiators deserves a place in the CLT20. They have some of the world class players in the team including the likes of Afridi, Azhar Mahmood, Saeed Ajmal, Madmax Imran Nazir and can blaze away many opponents

Posted by   on (June 27, 2012, 9:01 GMT)

For all those complaining about 4 IPL teams, note that India is the single largest stake holder in CL T20 (50%).... Basically we own it... So it is our choice how many of our teams go there.....

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