Champions League Twenty20 2012 July 3, 2012

CLT20 from October 9-28, fourth IPL team gets direct entry

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The Champions League 2012 will be held between October 9 and 28 this year in South Africa and will be preceded by a six-team qualifying stage, as was held last year. However, unlike last year, the fourth IPL team has got direct entry to the main tournament (In 2011, Kolkata Knight Riders, who had finished fourth that IPL season, had to compete in the qualifiers). The six teams to play in the qualifying stage this year are Pakistan's Sialkot Stallions, New Zealand's Auckland Aces, Trinidad and Tobago from West Indies, one team from Sri Lanka and two from England.

The top two teams from the qualifiers will join eight others in the main round, according to a tweet by Sundar Raman, a member of the CLT20 technical committee.

The eight sides gaining direct entry to the main round of the CLT20 are the top four IPL teams (Mumbai Indians, who are also the CLT20 defending champions, current IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders, Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Daredevils), Sydney Sixers and Perth Scorchers (from Australia's Big Bash League) and Titans and Lions (South Africa).

Cape Town, Johannesburg, Centurion and Durban have been named as venues for the tournament, though the dates and venues for the qualifiers, as well as the schedule, are yet to be released.

The inaugural edition of the CLT20 - a tournament organised by the boards of India, Australia and South Africa - in 2009 had 12 teams while the 2010 version had 10. Last year, three teams from the qualifying stage made it to the main round, which included seven others.

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  • POSTED BY on | July 6, 2012, 17:44 GMT

    Please consider a team from Bangladesh, then we would get a 5th team in CL from IPL.. Ridiculous!

  • POSTED BY Windies2Dheart on | July 6, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    Why not call this the india and friends league or something like that

  • POSTED BY on | July 6, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    I don't understand why people are complaining about this so called 'Champions' league, its a flop anyway and keeps getting worse each season. If you read the financial report of this 'Champions' league, it loses money and has sponsorships changes every year and besides, most people don't even watch it. Such tournaments should be run by the ICC or equally from all International boards so that way, such problems shall not exist. Ideally it should be 3 from IPL, 2 from England and 1 each from West Indies, Bangladesh, South Africa, Zimbabwe, New Zealand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka etc so all is fair.

  • POSTED BY on | July 6, 2012, 3:54 GMT

    I think the qualifying round will be much more interesting and standard than the champions league itself...

  • POSTED BY gunnerr4life on | July 6, 2012, 3:50 GMT

    All nine IPL teams should be given direct entries from next year because this is very unfair to the remaining 5 teams ... There should be nine IPL teams and 1 team from every other nation ... That would be very exciting to watch and fair to all .. ( sarcasm )

  • POSTED BY ashok16 on | July 5, 2012, 16:37 GMT

    CL stands for "Circus Laximus"

  • POSTED BY drnaveed on | July 5, 2012, 3:55 GMT

    this is totally unfair, the four indian sides and those countries who are sending two or more sides to participate in the CL, should have played the qualifier round ,so that in the end, only one team should have qualified from each country to play the champions league , along with the champion teams from other country.yes , no doubt india is the organiser of IPL and CL , but their should be laws of playing , which should benefit all countries and not just one country, what will happen ,if india says that it will play a match with 30 players and other sides allowed to play with 11 players only ????????????????????????????????

  • POSTED BY on | July 5, 2012, 2:05 GMT

    4th team from ipl is ridiculous that's it. From india

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2012, 22:24 GMT

    Its un fair to call 1 team from SL Wi and Pak i think PCB should ask Authorities to include 2 two teams frm next time at least and its also un fair to all three teams thy had to play qualify rounds as IPL teams gt dir enty is undestandable i think 2 teams frm WI PAK and BAN BPL should also be a part of Champions League

  • POSTED BY Noel-Kalicharan on | July 4, 2012, 20:26 GMT

    @Bruisers: Mumbai did not get in "because they are defending champions". New South Wales won in 2009 and failed to make it to 2010 because they did not finish in the top 2 in the Big Bash League. There was never a rule that one year's winner will automatically qualify for the next year. If that were the case, at the end of IPL 2012, we would have heard that the top 3 teams plus Mumbai had qualified. We did not.

  • POSTED BY on | July 6, 2012, 17:44 GMT

    Please consider a team from Bangladesh, then we would get a 5th team in CL from IPL.. Ridiculous!

  • POSTED BY Windies2Dheart on | July 6, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    Why not call this the india and friends league or something like that

  • POSTED BY on | July 6, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    I don't understand why people are complaining about this so called 'Champions' league, its a flop anyway and keeps getting worse each season. If you read the financial report of this 'Champions' league, it loses money and has sponsorships changes every year and besides, most people don't even watch it. Such tournaments should be run by the ICC or equally from all International boards so that way, such problems shall not exist. Ideally it should be 3 from IPL, 2 from England and 1 each from West Indies, Bangladesh, South Africa, Zimbabwe, New Zealand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka etc so all is fair.

  • POSTED BY on | July 6, 2012, 3:54 GMT

    I think the qualifying round will be much more interesting and standard than the champions league itself...

  • POSTED BY gunnerr4life on | July 6, 2012, 3:50 GMT

    All nine IPL teams should be given direct entries from next year because this is very unfair to the remaining 5 teams ... There should be nine IPL teams and 1 team from every other nation ... That would be very exciting to watch and fair to all .. ( sarcasm )

  • POSTED BY ashok16 on | July 5, 2012, 16:37 GMT

    CL stands for "Circus Laximus"

  • POSTED BY drnaveed on | July 5, 2012, 3:55 GMT

    this is totally unfair, the four indian sides and those countries who are sending two or more sides to participate in the CL, should have played the qualifier round ,so that in the end, only one team should have qualified from each country to play the champions league , along with the champion teams from other country.yes , no doubt india is the organiser of IPL and CL , but their should be laws of playing , which should benefit all countries and not just one country, what will happen ,if india says that it will play a match with 30 players and other sides allowed to play with 11 players only ????????????????????????????????

  • POSTED BY on | July 5, 2012, 2:05 GMT

    4th team from ipl is ridiculous that's it. From india

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2012, 22:24 GMT

    Its un fair to call 1 team from SL Wi and Pak i think PCB should ask Authorities to include 2 two teams frm next time at least and its also un fair to all three teams thy had to play qualify rounds as IPL teams gt dir enty is undestandable i think 2 teams frm WI PAK and BAN BPL should also be a part of Champions League

  • POSTED BY Noel-Kalicharan on | July 4, 2012, 20:26 GMT

    @Bruisers: Mumbai did not get in "because they are defending champions". New South Wales won in 2009 and failed to make it to 2010 because they did not finish in the top 2 in the Big Bash League. There was never a rule that one year's winner will automatically qualify for the next year. If that were the case, at the end of IPL 2012, we would have heard that the top 3 teams plus Mumbai had qualified. We did not.

  • POSTED BY KingKashi on | July 4, 2012, 19:18 GMT

    I agree with a lot of readers saying CLT20 is occupied by India with coalition of Aus and SA. India is owner by 50% and Australia/South Africa 25% each. If they justice, they are pretty much in danger so of course they won't justice. Justice is that only 1 team each " country's domestic champion" including Bangladesh and Zimbabwe should play and their should not be any country with 2 or more teams, because Champion League mean's only Domestic Champions will play and will try be World Champion. ............ But no complain, this is not ICC's tournament, This is tournament from three country boards on their own, they invite or reject to invite other teams as they are owner. Their policy is to hold money, they try with 10 teams, only two teams from other countries will have chance to compete with them as 4 teams will already be out of tournament before they play with those 10 teams. If other teams reject to play in CLT20, CLT20 will be totally flop. But no board has power against BCCI.

  • POSTED BY essel1 on | July 4, 2012, 18:47 GMT

    I also resent the fact that IPL gets 4 teams directly while teams from England, Pakistan, and the others cant even get 1. Would'nt a better system be to have 2 IPL teams plus a team each (from all countries) directly while their number 2's (and 3/4 of IPL) play each others in qualifying. That way IPL still gets double the number of teams as opposed to the others and everyone feels a little satisfied.

  • POSTED BY Desilathha on | July 4, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    Think of TRP, Obviouly India has majourity of audience. RCB should be there too.

  • POSTED BY Legaleagle on | July 4, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    No one approves inclusion of BPL teams. Otherwise, they would have been there.

  • POSTED BY Bruisers on | July 4, 2012, 16:52 GMT

    I find many comments very immature. Firstly, Champions League is not an ICC event, its a private league organised by three national boards. Secondly, the reason why Mumbai Indians got a direct entry is because THEY ARE THE DEFENDING CHAMPIONS OF THE CLT20. Thirdly, the reason why Champions from NZ, WI, SL and Pak are being put into a Qualifier round is to get the best teams participating in the main event. Does anyone remember the performances of Otago Volts in the 2009 event or CD Stags in 2010 or Wayamba's disastrous run in 2009 and 2010? Does anyone remember how poorly Guyana fared in the 2010 CLT20? Nope, obviously you people don't remember all that. Having these teams in the main event just spoils the fun of the tournament like in 2009 and 2010. Look how closely contested last year's tournament was. By giving MI a direct entry, they have actually done a big favor for the six qualifiers teams who now have a better chance of qualifying for the main event.

  • POSTED BY Htc-Android on | July 4, 2012, 14:52 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 pratikthaker on | July 4, 2012, 12:27 GMT

    i am from INDIA and i too dont agree with the draws.. there must be at least one team from each country .. otherwise what would be the difference watching IPL or CL??? Teams like T&T or Sialkot r goin to add charm to the tournament n they must be given d direct entries!!

  • POSTED BY Noel-Kalicharan on | July 4, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    Mumbai did not get in because they are defending champions - that is a coincidence. If the defending champions qualified automatically, that should have been stated from the beginning. For those who are trying to justify MI's inclusion on the basis of "defending champs", that is nonsense. Even in the two biggest sporting events in the world-Olympics and World Cup football-the defending champs have to qualify like everyone else.

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    What a joke that Trinidad have to qualify, given their pedigree in this event. Ironically it will benefit them because they will have effectively played warm-up matches in qualifying. They will win this event easily

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    Monoply league not champion league.....,

  • POSTED BY Fazle_Rabbee on | July 4, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    A team from Bangladesh should be given a chance in CL20. I think after India and Pakistan, Bangladesh does have a huge number of supporters world wide. The Champion from BPL, Dhaka Gladiators should have been given a chance as there are lots of exciting 20-20 players in this team. So the management of CL20 can re-think the issue and provide the chance to Dhaka Gladiators.

  • POSTED BY gunnerr4life on | July 4, 2012, 8:45 GMT

    @IndiaRulesEverybody it's not only me but all the cricket fans outside India would not like to watch this competetion (as you can judge by the comments below) ... Though , it will be a big hit in india ...

  • POSTED BY yohandf1984 on | July 4, 2012, 7:10 GMT

    There are lot of guys who justify the inclusion of Mumbai Indians directly to main competition , tell that they are defending champions .BUT have anybody noticed NEW SOUTH WALES BLUES who won inaugural CLT20 in 2009 were not included in 2010 event coz they were not among top two of Aussie t20 league . So history tells us that a team cant be included just because of being winners previous time. IF the teams from WI / PAK /NZ / SL win the trophy this year ,will that team get direct entry in 2013 event . Where is the consistency ?

  • POSTED BY Riderstorm on | July 4, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    Champions League can never be a world class tournament unless they avoid the accomodation of 3 & 4th teams of IPL in it (Money speaks here). If they want to be included, they should be in the qualifiers. Already, IPL teams are heavily funded for players and facilities. This just biases CLT20 completely in favor of IPL teams.

  • POSTED BY shahinreza2002 on | July 4, 2012, 6:53 GMT

    inclusion of a Bangladesh team will be more interesting. cricket lovers around the world surely approve it. now BCB should advocate to ensure a room for BPL champs.

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2012, 6:43 GMT

    i think srilanka pakistan and bangladesh should jointly organize asian t20 championship 2 teams from each nation.and team from afganistan & nepal. india should not be allowed becoz they have IPL and now mini IPL.

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    Should have added teams from bangladesh premier league as wel :( Fourth IPL team is a bit annoying ...

  • POSTED BY Sakthiivel on | July 4, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    Looking for Chennai Super kings Vs Sialkot Stallions Finals.

  • POSTED BY tanstell87 on | July 4, 2012, 5:29 GMT

    Indian fan here....this is not done BCCI/CSA & CA.....2 teams from Ind/SA/Aus/SL/Pak/NZ/WI/Eng & 1 each from Zim & Ban could have been an ideal Champions League

  • POSTED BY Blythesville on | July 4, 2012, 4:01 GMT

    This is now ridiculous. IPL gets the cream of the crop from other countries and there is ridiculous compensation issue that keeps foreign players set on the IPL teams. And now the 4 get automatic berths. Why can't diminished teams get to draft players? For example, why can't Trinidad & Tobago draft Chris Gayle into their team to compensate for the loss of one of Bravo/Pollard/Narine?

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2012, 3:51 GMT

    It is not good practice for Champion's team of T20 Domestic of any country. The World Champion T20 mean all those team who won his domestic champion. but it is clearly show monopoly of India, Australia and South Africa, India's 4 team, Australia & South Africa 2,2 team directly qualify for the CLT20 which held in Oct 2012. The request before Management of CLT20, take good step and give honour for other champions team which are represent own countries.

  • POSTED BY raj_n on | July 4, 2012, 3:46 GMT

    Why is Pune warriors not a part of CL ? Pls do something to accommodate them. Maybe one of the Australian or SA teams can sit out. Our boyz wanna play.

  • POSTED BY sharab_Kabab on | July 4, 2012, 2:54 GMT

    @rahulkkhh: If all IPL teams can participate then bcci should call it IPL-2 and not insult the word "Champions" (league). It should only include champions from each country and to give india mre room, runner up were included and even push it to extreme, 3rd place team can go but 4th place team really and to make things super unfair, have other champions compete while IPL losers qualify directly...beyond reasonable...

  • POSTED BY Ankit_BleedingBlue on | July 4, 2012, 2:53 GMT

    Was there any reason given behind doing this ?? They could have accomodated one team from England directly. Then one each from India, England, Pak, SL, NZ, WI, Bang could have fought for the two places. 4 teams from IPL is not a good idea.

    They should have invited a Bangladesh team also for the qualifier. Even though one thinks that they couldn't have given a fight, what is the harm in giving them a chance to lose !! There wouldn't have been any complaints then.

  • POSTED BY Soykot.bd on | July 4, 2012, 2:50 GMT

    Whar a joke !!!!hahahahahaha !!

  • POSTED BY AjitNarayan on | July 4, 2012, 2:38 GMT

    Might as well throw in all 9 IPL teams and let the other countries fight for the 10th spot. This is ridiculous.

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2012, 1:55 GMT

    what icc doing...........

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2012, 0:01 GMT

    Nonsense 4 out 8 teams Indian....

  • POSTED BY India_Rules_Everybody on | July 3, 2012, 23:47 GMT

    @gunnerr4life : Then don't watch. Nobody cares if you watch or not.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 23:45 GMT

    what a joke by the BCCI. This is crazy.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 23:32 GMT

    trinidad should be an automatic qualification. Too much IPL Teams

  • POSTED BY gunnerr4life on | July 3, 2012, 22:15 GMT

    @Taifur Ferdous Abir Dhaka gladiators would have been a big flop in CLt20 ... This is because there will be no Afridi , Ajmal , pollard , imran nazir or any Pak player available ... They will choose to play for their local or other teams ... How can you expect players to play for your team again when you treated them so badly and didn't pay them ...

  • POSTED BY gunnerr4life on | July 3, 2012, 22:09 GMT

    I am not interested in watching another IPL season with the name of clt20 ... 4 team s?? that is ridiculous !!

  • POSTED BY Bruisers on | July 3, 2012, 20:36 GMT

    @Geeva - Good question but it has a simple answer - AB and Morne didn't play a single match for them this season. Albie and Faf played only half of the tournament (7 games each out of 14). So they will be playing for their respective IPL franchises for whom they played the entire season.

  • POSTED BY warneneverchuck on | July 3, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    CL is there bcos of BCCi so I think nobody should complain even if all IPL teams participate in it.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    Pls change the name it's not champion league nd make it ipl ver 2

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    What about a team from Bangladesh, as we have already completed the Bangladesh Premier League? They are thinking from a team even from Pakistan, Sri Lanka, New Zealand. I don't BPL was not less competitive then T20 league from these counties. I think Dhaka Gladiators at should get chance to show up a fight in the qualifying stage.

  • POSTED BY MadhavY on | July 3, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    @vahid_john I agree that T&T is a strong team, if not the strongest of all, but i doubt Bravo, Narine, Pollard playing for them. If they don't it will be tough for T&T just to qualify for the tournament.

  • POSTED BY cshir on | July 3, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    The way BCCI is monopolizing things, there are bound to be serious repercussions sooner than later..hope the average indian cricket fan isn't affected.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    Maybe it is a temporary decision they made to ensure that Mumbai Indians will play in CL!! Or else this edition of CL would not have the defending champions!! But they could have done what they do in Football CL (We ripped off the whole concept from football, Why not this) !! Mumbai Indians could have replaced Delhi Daredevils in the CL (Like Chelsea replacing Hotspurs)

  • POSTED BY Thunee_man_Naidoo on | July 3, 2012, 17:42 GMT

    Why doesn't the BCCI stop pretending and add all 9 IPL teams to the CLT20... or better yet, why carry on with the ruse of even having a CLt20? All money going to the CLT20 should just be split amongst the 9 IPL teams.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    Why aren't all the IPL teams allowed to play CLT20 ? this is cruel to other 5 teams in the league..Shame BCCI, show some justice

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    We want to see a BPL team in CLT-20 from next year.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    there you go again, the BCCI isn't doing any favours to the already not so popular CLt20, why on earth would you have 4 ipl teams in "champions league" The concept is straightforward and should be set in stone, the top 2 teams from Australia, India, Pakistan, England and South Africa, West Indies, New Zealand and Sri Lanka. Simple, 14 teams, top 2 from each group go into semis and then finals.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    I m stun to see 4 IPL teams in main round of CL.there should be two teams inteand oo 4.so it is not wrong to say that it is mini IPL.there should have one team from BPL.I am really happy with the step of ICC that IPL is not included in future tour program

  • POSTED BY Vahid_John on | July 3, 2012, 16:44 GMT

    Imagine this team will have to qualify.... AGAIN: 1. A. Barath 2. L. Simmons 3. DM Bravo 4. DJ Bravo 5. J. Mohammed 6. K. Pollard 7. D. Ramdin 8. K. Cooper 9. R. Rampaul 10. S. Badree 11. S. Narine Even after being finalist and proving themselves time and time again Only one loss to an IPL team and never loosing to a team from SA or England!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    Even if u add 6 IPL teams even then you would not be able to beat Sialkot Stallions

  • POSTED BY fataquie on | July 3, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    I wish all 4 IPL teams make it to the semi-final:) That will show some twist, four teams who haven't faced each other in four months! wow! mouth-watering contest!

  • POSTED BY fataquie on | July 3, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    I wish broadcasters show the qualifying round as it would be more exciting than the (Indian, Aussie, and South African) Champions League.

  • POSTED BY Nasir_Mahmood_Malik on | July 3, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    If champions of some countries have to give way for 3 IPL, 1 South African and 1 Australian teams which are non-champions, then I am unable to understand how it can be called Champions League #!~?

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    Please Include a BPL team

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    It Looks like this CLt20 is sole purpose of Making More IPL teams instead of other teams England T20 winning team doesn't deserve a Straight Entry and the Loser of Eliminator of IPL deserves it I guess in the Future we can see all the IPL teams in CL t20

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    Well, Champions League defending champion Mumbai Indian's finished 4th and got a direct entry. Wondering if MI would have been at No 5or6.. God save this tournament.

  • POSTED BY Tigg on | July 3, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    If this tournament is ever to become serious it should include equal numbers of sides from all major nations. The IPL teams don't need any special treatment, they should be good enough as it is. Top 2 from Eng, Aus, WI, india, Pakistan, SA, NZ, Bang, Zim and Sri gives four groups of 5.

    Top two per group qualify for the last 8.

  • POSTED BY Deccancharggers1 on | July 3, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    Iam an Indian and iam stunned at this decision by ICC (BCCI).A tournament should be based on certain rules and regulations.The people in BCCI are just concerned about money.Is there a limit for money?I dont think so.BCCI officials are making our country shameful.I request everyone not to generalize the word INDIANS ...ITS THE BCCI...WE ALSO HATE IT.Even India has huge fan base...there isnt any need to make such ridiculous decisions for money..Please forgive my ENGLISH....

  • POSTED BY frozendilemma on | July 3, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    this should be called IPL 5.5

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    Why 4 IPL Teams????????? It will be easy for IPL teams to win this tournament again because they have 4...........

  • POSTED BY wiseshah on | July 3, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    this tournament lost its credentials, its another IPL version. i think in next world cup cricket, besides 10 team, they will include some ipl team also.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    utter nonsense what about BPL champions , if TV ratings need to go up invite BPL champs instead of 4th IPL team, what abt Zimbabwe T20 champions well its not CLT20 but IPL version2 , well only good thing is inclusion of Sialkot Stallions...hopefully CSK wins the title...

  • POSTED BY CoolWorthy on | July 3, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    It seems most of the people here doesn't know about the tournament...many people blaming ICC...what a joke:) ....first of all this is not an ICC tournament or ICC has nothing to do here...first know the facts, then comment.....also people asking why 4 IPL teams...don't you guys know that the broadcasters are more interested in Indian teams than others bcoz who will watch the toruney if it has 2 NZ, 2 WI, 2 ENG and the mere BPL winners participate?...this is a completely business minded tourney from the first sight itself....so no use in bringing the teams which ppl cannot watch them playing...

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    I Just Don't Understand.. Why There Is No BPL Team From Bangladesh In CLT20...? Gud To Know That Pakistanies Are Included.... It's All About Indian Policy... IPL 4th Team Getting Chance Direct To Main Staage Why Not Others...?

  • POSTED BY joseyesu on | July 3, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    Though it seems a huge favourism to the IPL team, no one can ignore that all the qualified IPL teams has very good players, both local and overseas. Still on a day, anyone can beat anybody on 2020. But i would have stopped by 3 teams leaving MI's and given it to Dhaka Gladiatores to compete in the league. Anyway lot of other things are there apart from CRICKET

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    Rubbish, Ridiculous. If BCCI is feeding all or most of thje money and this is the reason why Indians teams have to put in a high number than this also means that in the next world cup, India must have more than 3 teams because of the money he is producing for ICC. Champion's League means its a tournament of the Champions only from each country. Bangladesh also have to be included in that tournament.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    so the real champions league is the qualifying tournament, since the rest is an IPL, the purpose of CLT20 is to have competing nations

  • POSTED BY muxa on | July 3, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    i suggest cricinfo sh ould start a vote about this??

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    they should have a clear cut policy. It should be like this ;

    1. Winner and Runners up of previous tournament should get qualified automatically to next years series. 2. Best t20 team from each country (test playing nations) should get direct entry 3. Australia, SA and India should get the chance to place 2 teams from their country as they r the organizers..

    otherwise this will look like another IPL version ...!

  • POSTED BY muxa on | July 3, 2012, 13:20 GMT

    this is just unbelievable 4 ipl teams and other 4 from south africa and australia .this is just ridiculous. this is a shame i think all other test nations should boycot clt20 and fans should boycot this.

  • POSTED BY Geeva on | July 3, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    This is a question to Indian fans eg the Titans have 4 players (AB de villers,Morne Morkel.Faf Du Plessis and Albie Morkel) all with IPL teams!!What team should they play for Titans or IPL teams!!Jus a question!I assume IPL??If they play for Titans i would put the Titans as favourites!!

  • POSTED BY MNHasan on | July 3, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    Where is pune warriors i know they finished last in the IPL but i there should be qualifying process for them because all the IPL teams are way better than any other teams in the world

  • POSTED BY varun_dead_devil on | July 3, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    The inclusion of the fourth IPL team i.e. Mumbai Indians is completely justified. You cannot disallow the champions from defending their trophy. Considering that this tournament is inspired from UEFA Champions League, even Chelsea are allowed to defend their title next year, despite failing to qualify due to their poor league campaign. Plus, they will not have to go through qualification. They get a direct ticket to the group stages. I think the committee has made a sensible decision. I cannot understand why people think that one team from each country should get a direct entry? They dont understand that the level of cricket is not the same and only teams from the most difficult leagues get direct entry. Great Decision :)

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    What a joke... Give teams from every nation direct entry and play it out without a qualifying round. The way the competition is designed to keep Indian teams in the game for as long as possible is just lame.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    i am happy MI has direct entry to CL 2012 they will defend CL 2012

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    Come on guys! Just think CLT20 without IPL teams... It's nothing!!! who will watch??? Huh?

  • POSTED BY AllanofSouza on | July 3, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    If you got the dough, you got the door. It's an IPL sponsored League, so why not.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    give each top two teams form the country league and the 3rd and 4th teams of each nation play a qualifier ..this will make the qualifiers interesting u can make money from it lolz plus u make a fair champions league for each nation equal representation...only India Australia and s.a if rubbish completely rubbish

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    There is no need for screaming guys. Please go through the rules of Champions League. Mumbai got entry because of the fact that they are the reigning champions. Indian teams deserves to be in CLT20 because of the real talent and huge fan base that supports. No disrespect to any other countries cricketing talent or adminstrative power. Can anyone point a country which can organise cricketing actions better than India. Sorry Guys! Its Love for the game.....

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | July 3, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    Yes CLT20 is a tournament which runs with 70% of BCCI plus the remaining from SA and Australia.. Others are just working partners.. Fine if you look it from business perspective.. But you should have a level field for that.. This is not going to do any good to the reputation to the tournament itself.. BCCI is putting and are going to earn money with that.. They should be giving level field so that the other teams have a field which will give them a good chance of winning the cup too.. Anyways, they can earn money in business and cup be open to everyone to win.. One bad business strategy..

  • POSTED BY Tanvir2012 on | July 3, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    Champions League Is Only For Champions ... They Given Mumbai Indians Direct Entry , The Team Who Was 4th In IPL 2012 ... They Should Have Given A Chance To BPL Champion Dhaka Gladiators ... VERY POOR DECISION .....

  • POSTED BY ashekahmed on | July 3, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    IT IS NOTHING.....JUST ANOTHER VERSION OF IPL AND AN EYE WASH TO ALL OTHER NATIONS NAMED AS CHAMPIONS LEAGUE.......CRICKET IS LOSING ITS FAME AND BECOMING A GREAT BUSINESS.....SHOCKING

  • POSTED BY o-bomb on | July 3, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    What a ridiculous way to organise a competition! The teams from Pakistan, New Zealand, West Indies, Sri Lanka and England should boycott!

  • POSTED BY newMachine on | July 3, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    In many instances i usually support IPL teams at the CLT20 but i just think having four teams is just madness...we might as well call it IPL 2...

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    Its called Politics which can make Mumbai team in any tournament which doesnt deserved to play in CL. Next year it will be Top 6 IPL teams selected for CL.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    This is Ridiculous as the importance given to only 3 Nations - India, Australia & South Africa.. Rest of the countries are asked to play Qualifiers. Seriously Not Good. The Proper structure of the tournament should be like the Winners of all the leagues around the world should get direct entry, the rest teams such as finishing Second, 3rd & 4th(only with respect to IPL) should play Qualifiers. Now this should be called Indo Aussie Afro Champions League not the World Class Champions League T20. This shows Money alone matters nothing else. As an Indian, I am not happy with this structure of the Tournament.

    Regards Ganesh

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    i just read through this and it keeps mentioning the addition of the ipl teams and how none of then need to qualify...BUT WHY!!!...WHAT IS SO GREAT ABOUT THEM...I MEAN WHY NOT INCLUDE TEAMS FROM BANGLADESH THERE BPL TOURNAMENT WAS SPECTACULAR...AND AS TO PAKISTAN THERE SHOULD BE 2 TEAMS...IN FACT THERE SHOULD BE 2 TEAMS FROM EVERY T20 LEAGUE...AND THE ONES THAT FINISHED FIRST HAVE NO QUALIFICATION AND THE ONES WHO FINISHED 2ND HAVE TO GO IN A QUALIFICATION PHASE...THAT WHAT IT IS FAIR

  • POSTED BY AndyZaltzmannsHair on | July 3, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    Load the dices in favour of the house (IPL teams) and pretend it's all a fair contest. Future of cricket right here folks.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    This is really funny.... why not one top team from every test playing nation....is it champions league or IPL Extra ;)....plus why two teams from australia and south africa have the direct entry...are they superiorto other?????????

  • POSTED BY Liverpool1881 on | July 3, 2012, 12:27 GMT

    Wow.....what a joke 'ICC' has become.....is it really International Cricket Council or INDIAN Cricket Council????????......

  • POSTED BY Noel-Kalicharan on | July 3, 2012, 12:27 GMT

    What a joke! Imagine a side (Trinidad & Tobago) that was runner-up in 2009, that beat the top IPL teams in 2011 with a weakened side (without Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo), that includes Sunil Narine (player of IPL 2012), Pollard, Bravo, Kevon Cooper and Samuel Badree (one of the most economical in CL 2011), having to fight for 2 spots among 6 teams!! Not a Champions League by any stretch of the imagination!

    But here's a business opportunity for the West Indies (or any other) Board. Organise a true Champions League with one team from each of WI, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, SA, England, Australia, Zimbabwe, New Zealand (that's 10). If practical, add 2 more from a qualifying tournament among the champions of the Associates. We could even let the host country have two teams to boost interest.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    Who cares?? It's not like anyone is actually going to watch it is it?

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    This competition is not a joint venture between the BCCI, Cricket Australia and Cricket South Africa and hence their teams automatically qualify. Its not a fair indicator of the best T20 teams from across the world. Huge bias in favour of IPL teams. I'm glad that there is no window allocated for this tournament

  • POSTED BY krishay on | July 3, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    Wow! Four IPL teams get automatic qualifications but Trnindad and Tobago who have been there before has to play qualifying games! Also what about the Bangladesh T20 winnes recently, they are not included ?! Then perhaps some leagues have more weight and value than others!!???!!

  • POSTED BY phendel on | July 3, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    this is as stupid as it get for real....no prob with MI getting direct entry into the compo if they won the last time.....but things like that shud be in the rules.....& it's not....if MI are so great then a qualifier should be a cake walk to them....4 IPL teams out of 14 total thts wht ppl shud be talking abt....thats just another instance of the BCCI strong-handing cricket atm

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    they shud have 9 IPL teams participate and let teams from other countries play qualifiers for that one remaining slot.... this tournament is sick... rubbish....

  • POSTED BY woodhaven on | July 3, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    Boring. Why not to take all 8 team plus ranji trophy team. It's like another IPL. Only 2 teams from IPL should be there

  • POSTED BY agam99 on | July 3, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    What I feel is only two finalists of IPL should get direct entry to CL and rest two should fight it out in qualifiers and accordingly number of teams progressing from qualifiers to main draw should exceed from 2 to 4. Not only will it make qualifiers more interesting but will also be rebate for the broadcasters as well.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    if icc insist of havin 4 ipl teams let top 2 go directly and let others come by playin the qualifiers no country likes the unfair decision

  • POSTED BY Natesan333 on | July 3, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    Come on guys cool it with this "too many IPL teams" nonsense, it doesn't matter,my boys CSK is going to win anyway :b btw what is a daka gladiator, some people keep repeating it.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    Wat a Farce!!!! Why call it the Champions League??

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    Each champion teams should be getting entry to CLT20. Like Kolkata Knight Riders, Sidney Sixers, Dhaka Gladiators, Sialkot Stallions, Titans, Auckland Aces, Trinidad and Tobago Winner of SLPL, winner of Friends Life T20, Matabeleland Tuskers frm Zimbabwe. this should be the real champions league T20 team for this year.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    Its the second leg of IPL, pure and simple.... thats why Champions League hasnt been really exciting to watch.... wht with the prolonged IPL already....

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    Totally unfair..there should be atleast 8 IPL teams in CL T20 and no one should go through any qualifiying matches and instead they shouldn't even play..they just write team names on small papers and and hand pick one paper and da team name written in it should be awarded as CL T20 champions!! Hurrah

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    This is really disgusting.....MI getting direct chance into the main rounds...then y did u leave out NSW in the second edition of CLt20(they were the winners of 1st CLt20) this s not fair..change the tournament name to IPL(winter games)...

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | July 3, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    On what grounds are direct entries decided. Even if it's an indian champions leagues, there must be some rules.

  • POSTED BY pak_leo on | July 3, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    Unfair call as the teams from Governing Council Countries got direct entries to main round while other have to play qualifiers while they are also CHAMPIONS.

  • POSTED BY pak_leo on | July 3, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    It would be better if there is no qualifying stage, as the main round team didn't play with all qualifier teams although this is Champions League.

    "TO BE A WORLD CHAMPION YOU MUST PLAY WITH ALL CHAMPION OF THE WORLD"

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    Not fair at all... 3 teams from IPL was fine. Let the 1 team fight for that place. and moreover thr must also b 2 teams from ENgland. and BPL champion should have a call for qualifying round. let all the champions fight for Champions League.,

    But BCCI and IPL gov. committee has made it worst scenario.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    Spoiler Alert - Trinidad is winning this

  • POSTED BY Cricketer2010 on | July 3, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    Is this champions league??????????? It looks like an extended version of IPL. if we want to make a champions league then only champions should be included and all champions should be given fair and equal chance. or change the name to Extended IPL League (EIPLL)

  • POSTED BY Head_gear on | July 3, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    A champions league must be organized by the ICC not by 3 giants in the world.If the CLT20 goes like this it will easily get humiliated in the sporting arena.So Now it's better even if i too move myself to soccer because this game is too unfair. LOlzz:)

  • POSTED BY Taz786 on | July 3, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    Way too much T20 cricket. The World T20 would have only finished a couple of days before this tournament.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    This is as ludicrous as it gets... no teams from Bangladesh or Zimbabwe, but there are four IPL teams??? Here's to one of the qualifiers winning it all, just to see red faces on the CLT20 League organisers...

  • POSTED BY Head_gear on | July 3, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    Better if it's called a triangular champions league or Indian Champions league.

  • POSTED BY jonesy2 on | July 3, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    scorchers will win easily. the marsh brothers plus maybe mike hussey, herchelle gibbs, hoggy, north. no contest

  • POSTED BY eZoha on | July 3, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    Why leave out RCB then? Include them too. Better still, include 8 teams from IPL, 6 directly and 2 through qualifiers.

  • POSTED BY pavankantu on | July 3, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    This is fair enough. As MI are last CL T20 champions. as they do in CL in football.. Winners will get direct entry as Chelsea got

  • POSTED BY PureTom on | July 3, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    The local competition winner from each participating nation should be the only teams to qualify automatically. Any other team invited should have to go through the qualifying round. This is not the Champions League, it's the "We thought of it First" League. Please could the organisers point out the champion qualities in 5 of the 8 teams to gain automatic entrance?

  • POSTED BY Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on | July 3, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    haha this is hilarious, direct entry what a joke. There is some real questions about the quality of IPL itself and the Fourth team gets direct entry? Really funny

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 10:38 GMT

    boring......... is this a [champians] league?? are u kidding??? i expected only champian teams!!! inclusion of a 4th team from IPL.. & that too direct.. i just cannot take it.. lost my interest to it.. expected a chance for Dhaka Gladiators... to qualify.... anyway........

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 10:37 GMT

    what a shame, why not all 9 ipl teams?

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    this is insane is it Champions League or IPL ???l

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    "Half OF IPL Teams In CLT" Would have been a better title ,

  • POSTED BY maddinson on | July 3, 2012, 10:27 GMT

    what if IPL team doesn't win the CL T20?

  • POSTED BY the_silent_observer on | July 3, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    @Abhishek Samal, then there is one worthwhile suggestion (!). Let ALL the 9 teams from IPL get a direct entry. For the remaining 1 slot, all the champion teams from all the other countries play a qualifier!! That way, your wish will also be fully granted!!!

  • POSTED BY Keithnkin on | July 3, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    Reminds me of the NFL in the USA. One league and the champion is called THE WORLD CHAMPION.

  • POSTED BY dickiebrewsters on | July 3, 2012, 10:14 GMT

    How can the ICC justify allowing a window in the global calendar for a tournament that favours 1 country ?

  • POSTED BY frozendilemma on | July 3, 2012, 10:13 GMT

    Why no team from Zimbabwe...Have have they done wrong ? Are they not a Test playing side ? Ridiculous...

  • POSTED BY CricketRobin on | July 3, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    how about to take BPL champion team DHAKA GLADIOTORS in the champions league??????????????????????

  • POSTED BY rajbask on | July 3, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    huhhhhh.... Qualifying round will be more interesting & exciting than Main league. Becoz most of the teams are Champions teams there & only 2 teams can be qualified.

  • POSTED BY FM97 on | July 3, 2012, 10:05 GMT

    What the hell is wrong with this CLT20 GC ??? Mumbai Indians don't really deserve to be in this league whether they're defending champs or not. In any case they wont even qualify to the semis. The worst part is for the lovely Trinidad & Tobago team. Most probably Dwayne Bravo and Sunil Narine will play for CSK and KKR respectively and now even Pollard !! I wish this year's tournament itself should be boycotted because : 1) It comes right after the T20 World Cup. 2)The people who administer it are jerks. 3)IPL teams get more money than any other team. (Regardless of whether they win or lose)

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    boring......... is this a [champians] league?? are u kidding??? i expected only champian teams!!! inclusion of a 4th team from IPL.. & that too direct.. i just cannot take it.. lost my interest to it.. expected a chance for Dhaka Gladiators... to qualify.... anyway........

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    RCB shud be given chance..

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 9:53 GMT

    4 teams 4m IPL....guess it would be much be8r if they can rename it as IPL-2 and put all the 9 teams in

  • POSTED BY Z.Saleem on | July 3, 2012, 9:50 GMT

    I agree with Kushalagr007.....'t really isn't a Champions League when 6 teams from 5 countries compete for just 2 slots to join 8 other teams from just 3 countries...not to mention as many as 4 teams (40%) from 1 country. Its now a tournament where India really has nothing to gain. If an IPL team wins, its a hollow victory as we had 4 of the 10 teams, if all IPL teams lose then its a disaster where we couldn't win even after having 4 teams.....may be thats why CL T20 doesn't work'. Very true, and I think everyone agrees it should be more fair.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    Who Cares?? Clt20 wil be a failure

  • POSTED BY rsrinath on | July 3, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    why not replace this champions league with IPL 6 ??? anyway this looks like an IPl tournament only......

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | July 3, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    Agreed with Kapil_Choudhary. The of the ICL has been completely stolen away and turned it into another IPL affair. I agree with Kapil_Choudhary that now in this tournament the IPL teams have noting to gain and all to loose.

  • POSTED BY ankushverma1991 on | July 3, 2012, 9:40 GMT

    man this is a joke seriously,how could this be a champions league when the 4th best team of a league is allowed to play in the competition.they might as well add the remaining 5 as well and make it ipl version2

  • POSTED BY sachin_vvsfan on | July 3, 2012, 9:39 GMT

    This is just a money tournament.More IPL teams means better retention of indian audience. But now we are not that interested . IPL itslef is an overdose and this CLT20 will not have bright future

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    Where is Dhaka Warriors? This is just utterly rubbish.

  • POSTED BY MNHasan on | July 3, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    Why there is the champion team of BPL Dhaka Gladiators I guess all the other teams are afraid of them & 4 IPL teams it means that only maximum of 5 champion team will play in the main tournament this is disgusting!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | July 3, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    The ICL tournament is starting to look like another IPL tournament with a little sprinking of a few more teams.

  • POSTED BY RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on | July 3, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    only one word: Rubbish

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    a tough task,,,the format is nt good but it shoud be entertainable

  • POSTED BY Meety on | July 3, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    4 IPL teams is too much. Rather 1 English side gain direct entry than that.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 9:11 GMT

    How can a team that finished 4th in IPL gets direct entry and the CHAMPIONS of other leagues hav to play qualifiers to get one slot out of the two available for the main round ... that's ridiculous ... !!

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    this is not good idea,,,,,,,,,,totally unfair for other country

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    Great thing. BTW whoever are against this decision, I want to clear that Champions League is by BCCI. So India should get advantage like a team gets home advantage in a series. Nothing wrong in that. It seems a lot of u are jealous. Then say to your board to conduct such tournaments. U should all be happy that a lot of international players will also be there in the IPL teams, who will also make huge money.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    this tournament is a joke !

  • POSTED BY Amar_Teddy on | July 3, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    What happened to the team that won the Bangladesh Premier League..It was also a solid league and would have given us a chance to see Afridi , Ajmal , Azhar Mehmood etc playing as well the Ashrafuls and Mashrafes..Bangladesh do well in t20..Zimbabwe too needs a spot..12 team tournament would do fine..Just like UEFA preference must be given to previous year performance, t20 rankings of the countries, popularity of League and performance in World Cup t20..

  • POSTED BY sanjaycrickfan on | July 3, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    CLT20 is organized mostly by BCCI and most of the viewership comes from India. So it makes sense that there are 4 IPL Teams.

  • POSTED BY bill-iqbal on | July 3, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    it doesn't make any sense. However, I am sure that the individuals who planned it out probably know more about strategic planning that I do...hence i am going to give them the benefit of the doubt. Lets see how it works out this time around...till then we should reserve our judgement.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    what a flippin joke this is

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    should include at least two teams from each test playing country. this is unfair.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 8:52 GMT

    wasteeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 8:50 GMT

    What nonsense. This is why people lose interest. How can you expect a good tournament if you keep bending the rules every year? Highly unprofessional. The IPL has already begun to suffer from this and this completely money-minded tournament is starting to show its shortcomings. How long will it be before the board realizes that its strangling the duck that used to lay golden eggs? The magnificent has become so commonplace thanks to the overkill. They had the chance to do something great, build the next best thing to the EPL and now they look to become pedestrian. As much as I love cricket, as much as I'd love to disagree, this is the blatant truth.

  • POSTED BY Kushalagr007 on | July 3, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    I m n Indian bt I m not in favor of dis decision, how can a team that finished 4th in a league gets direct entry and the champions of other leagues hav to play qualifiers to get one slot out of the two available for the main round??? this is not fair at all.We cant call it Champions league bcoz 5 out of 8 teams that have got direct entry arent actually Champions. CL T20's format should be like this:- no qualifiers, 12 teams divided in 2 groups of 6 teams having 2 teams each from Ind, Aus & SA( as they are the organisers of the event so they should have 2 teams each), 1 team each from Eng, Pak, SL, WI, NZ & BAN.

  • POSTED BY Kapil_Choudhary on | July 3, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    Is there anyone not connected to BCCI in some way who actually likes this change??????? If there is, please let him speak up. I get it that BCCI wants more Indian teams but you can fool even Indians to only such an extent. It really isn't a Champions League when 6 teams from 5 countries compete for just 2 slots to join 8 other teams from just 3 countries...not to mention as many as 4 teams (40%) from 1 country. Its now a tournament where India really has nothing to gain. If an IPL team wins, its a hollow victory as we had 4 of the 10 teams, if all IPL teams lose then its a disaster where we couldn't win even after having 4 teams.....may be thats why CL T20 doesn't work..

  • POSTED BY Bruisers on | July 3, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    Mumbai Indians qualified for the main round directly on account of being the defending champions.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 8:46 GMT

    You call Champions League tournament is a tournament where Champions play each other. Then, how can u justify the inclusion of 4 th team from IPL and that too direct??? I feel only 2 IPL teams should have been given direct entry and third into qualifying round. And atleast pakistani champion side should have been into main tournament, coz pakistan is also a good market of cricket. BPL champions should have been included into qualifying round. They just changed the format to accomodate Mumabi Indians, nothing else...

  • POSTED BY prosports on | July 3, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    Greate New once again, ICC is now hijacked by BCCI now they can do whatever they wanted to. It seems like one watching cricket except indian's. ICC should be an independent body and should make it's without BCCI pressure. but i can't see that can happend now, very good example of this is DRS.

  • POSTED BY SanjivAwesome on | July 3, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    KKR have a huge fan base. Collosal. It is clear to me how having them in the CLT would bring a $ boost to the tournament. Remember guys, this is a club tournament, not a country tournament. If KKR get knocked out in the early stages, then let it be. I am certainly looking forward to the CLT! Bring on the games!

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | July 3, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    This is disgusting really to say.. I am losing my interest in Champions league. Already there were three teams plus one team in qualifiers.. No point in playing 4 teams directly.. 4 among ten teams is a bit unfair to others.. 2 plus two in qualifiers should be done.. BCCI are undoing their own fort by doing some silly things.. I guess two IPL teams itself will give them a good chance of lifting the cup..

  • POSTED BY TheRedox on | July 3, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    You got to be kidding me!!!

  • POSTED BY kamran.afzal on | July 3, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    Am I the only Pakistani who is slightly happy that we will get to see more of Sialkot Stallions if they go through the qualifiers also. It's not like they're going to be knocked out.

  • POSTED BY Naveed85 on | July 3, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    Pakistan should start their own champions league

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    I think this is not a champion's league because I could not understand the qualifier. Its mean only three countries team are eligible to direct participation. Its all rubbish....

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 8:36 GMT

    IF SIALKOT ALLOWED TO REESSABLE THEN THEY HAVE BRIGHT CHANCE TILL

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    4 ipl teams? im not sure whether it is champions league or ipl 5.2

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    The other 4 IPL teams should play in qualifiers. Why to leave them alone!

  • POSTED BY Thyagu5432 on | July 3, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    How does it matter? We will have players from all the countries in all the teams. Just watch and enjoy. T20 is entertainment played in fast forward mode. Even India - England women T20 was fun.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    Let me assure you a thing or two. Since this year's CL 20 is going to be held in SA. DD have the strongest chance of winning it. On bouncy and fast pitches of SA, likes of Morkel, Umesh Yadav, Pathan, Russel and Aaron will be at their best. OMG ! What a pace attack. And these kind of pitches are most suitable for DD foreign batsmen like Warner, Finch, KP, Taylor and Mahela. Wow ! Bring it ON.

  • POSTED BY anuradha_d on | July 3, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    It is very clear and evident, that the direct entry is for the main stake-holders.......SA, Aus and Ind......in proportion to their shareholding structure........it is very considerate of BCCI to allow two English teams to play in the qualifiers....should nations like England want a direct entry in top 8, they must show their desire to do so....by respecting the IPL window......

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    it should be named As Indians Champions n their Bunny League....... Rubish totaly Rubishhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    too much IPL teams , & no BPL team? why ?

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    WT Heck ? MI should have been put in qualifying round. Lucky MI. Well Okay.. I can understand why ! Since the likes of " Sachin, Pollard, Malinga" - all crowd pullers are in one team, BCCI can't take the risk of putting MI in qualifiers, because if MI gets knocked out, viewer-ship will decrease and BCCI can't afford to do that as it is more of a Business than Cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    Disgusting. I know India fund this event almost fully, but to act in this arbitrary manner and "negotiate" for more teams is just ugly. Clearly, you're not featuring a tournament of "champions", if you allow a fourth place out of nine teams to walk in just because its owner has a 26-storeyed house.

  • POSTED BY Adeel9 on | July 3, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    I'm an Indian and love IPL but this is way too unjustified and ridiculous.

  • POSTED BY asithaSL on | July 3, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    KKR n MI(coz defending champz) only two team should be from IPL, otherwise CLT20 ll another boring mini version of IPL. if it's global t20 tournament, then every test nations must provide @ least a team, but this iz Indian based tournament which which isn't global.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 8:06 GMT

    this is not fair .. then why dont they take all the teams from IPL? one one teams from pak and srilanka and they have to play qualifying round?

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 8:06 GMT

    wht rube sh 4 team from ipl and 2 frm rest of the world... cricket is now sale-out

  • POSTED BY i_witnessed_2011 on | July 3, 2012, 8:05 GMT

    huh!... Direct entry to 4th ranked IPL team.. I am not sure whether they deserve it !!

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    Why not all 9 IPL teams play tournament and other club play qualifiers for the last slot? Or lets bring out Kochi Tuskers to be the 10th team.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 7:54 GMT

    Out of the 6 how many will qualify for the tournament?

  • POSTED BY Rahulthevirufan on | July 3, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    yes it is important for the publicity of tournament to have 4 ipl teams in it but i guess lot of things can be done to make cl more thrilling and it can be done by having following 16 teams: 4 ipl, 3 aus, 3 from SA, 1 english, 1 pak as direct entries making 12 direct entries which i think are pretty strong teams. and have 1 county, 1 pak, 1 sl, 1 wi, 1 nz, 1 from BPL in qualifying stage in 2 groups making 6 qualifying matches. Then divide 12 teams and 4 qualifiers in 4 groups of 4 teams each which means 24 group matches followed by knockouts i.e. quaters, semis and final. It will mean that spirited teams which can cause couple of upsets can actually make semis sumthng which ipl teams like raj, KXIP cant do in ipl coz of its length.

    however 1 thing that may not be good abt it is dat ipl teams wont be able to play against each other in group stages. however i will say teams from sa, aus and eng play gud enuf to beat any side regularly as cl history shows us.

  • POSTED BY Varun_R123 on | July 3, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    First they must reduce the number of IPL teans in CL T20. Its so funny to see so many IPL teams in the tournament.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    How is that fair????? T&T are windies champs. Sialkot is a Legendary Pak T20 champ. Its okay i guess because the greatest champ can beat them all. Lets Rock Stallions!

  • POSTED BY Gillyyyy on | July 3, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    As per expectation.....this is not a champions legue but another version of IPL...soo soo unjustified

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 7:47 GMT

    This is Not Fare All IPL team direct Entry. CLT20 would be good with mixed of all teams...if all 4 ipl teams goes to semis that would be very boring ....i wish 2 of the ipl teams in qualifiers....

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    hw many matches will the tournament consist of

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 7:39 GMT

    :-( Mumbai Indians !!! Why this change? I have strong feeling this will change.

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  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 7:39 GMT

    :-( Mumbai Indians !!! Why this change? I have strong feeling this will change.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    hw many matches will the tournament consist of

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 7:47 GMT

    This is Not Fare All IPL team direct Entry. CLT20 would be good with mixed of all teams...if all 4 ipl teams goes to semis that would be very boring ....i wish 2 of the ipl teams in qualifiers....

  • POSTED BY Gillyyyy on | July 3, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    As per expectation.....this is not a champions legue but another version of IPL...soo soo unjustified

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    How is that fair????? T&T are windies champs. Sialkot is a Legendary Pak T20 champ. Its okay i guess because the greatest champ can beat them all. Lets Rock Stallions!

  • POSTED BY Varun_R123 on | July 3, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    First they must reduce the number of IPL teans in CL T20. Its so funny to see so many IPL teams in the tournament.

  • POSTED BY Rahulthevirufan on | July 3, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    yes it is important for the publicity of tournament to have 4 ipl teams in it but i guess lot of things can be done to make cl more thrilling and it can be done by having following 16 teams: 4 ipl, 3 aus, 3 from SA, 1 english, 1 pak as direct entries making 12 direct entries which i think are pretty strong teams. and have 1 county, 1 pak, 1 sl, 1 wi, 1 nz, 1 from BPL in qualifying stage in 2 groups making 6 qualifying matches. Then divide 12 teams and 4 qualifiers in 4 groups of 4 teams each which means 24 group matches followed by knockouts i.e. quaters, semis and final. It will mean that spirited teams which can cause couple of upsets can actually make semis sumthng which ipl teams like raj, KXIP cant do in ipl coz of its length.

    however 1 thing that may not be good abt it is dat ipl teams wont be able to play against each other in group stages. however i will say teams from sa, aus and eng play gud enuf to beat any side regularly as cl history shows us.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 7:54 GMT

    Out of the 6 how many will qualify for the tournament?

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    Why not all 9 IPL teams play tournament and other club play qualifiers for the last slot? Or lets bring out Kochi Tuskers to be the 10th team.

  • POSTED BY i_witnessed_2011 on | July 3, 2012, 8:05 GMT

    huh!... Direct entry to 4th ranked IPL team.. I am not sure whether they deserve it !!