Champions League Twenty20 2012 July 4, 2012

T&T disappointed with no direct entry to CLT20

ESPNcricinfo staff

West Indies Twenty20 champions Trinidad and Tobago will have to play qualifying matches for the second-year running to make it to the main draw of the Champions League, a situation that T&T chief operations manager Dudnath Ramkessoon termed 'unfortunate'.

Ramkessoon's comments came after a fourth IPL team was granted direct entry into the tournament, while the Twenty20 champions from the West Indies, Pakistan, New Zealand and Sri Lanka, and two teams from England, will have to compete in a pre-tournament qualifier for two remaining spots. Apart from the Indian teams, two teams each from Australia and South Africa gain direct entry.

"We have not received any word yet from the committee, but with regard to what has been reported, it is rather unfortunate that we have to participate in a play-off, seeing how well we have performed in our last two appearances," Ramkessoon was quoted as saying on the West Indies Players' Association website.

T&T were the runners up in the inaugural edition of the tournament in 2009 and qualified for the main draw after topping their group last year.

"Being the champions of the West Indies and given how well we have played, you would have thought we would have gone to the main draw because of the quality of our play and the fact that people like to see us play."

However, Ramkessoon added that T&T would ensure it played its strongest team, to top the qualifying and leave nothing to chance.

"We are aiming to top that group to ensure that we qualify. We will prepare with that in mind," he said.

Three of T&T's top players - Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard and Sunil Narine - are contracted to play for IPL teams. But discussions have been initiated with a view to having these players representing T&T in the tournament.

The CLT20 will be played between October 9 and 28 this year. 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.

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  • joel on July 6, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    A full strength TT team would be unstoppable. Try playing Narine with Ramdin (his longtime keeper from TT regional games) behind the stumps. Try bowling to Bravo with KP on the other end. No IPL team would be able to match them, primarily because the best IPL teams relied heavily on TT players to get where they are. KP, Bravo, Narine , Cooper all have been outstanding for their respective teams. Without them their IPL teams look a little shaky.

  • Dummy4 on July 6, 2012, 0:40 GMT

    oh boy making a different impression to the world of cricket now

  • Dummy4 on July 5, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    I cannot believe that 4 ipl teams are in... who in world decides this draw? i can understand if the top spot in all regions automatically qualify and then second places in each tournament in a pre-qualifier. This is just total disrespect and i will not be supporting this tournament as a major tournament again. in no sport is this farce supported or even done in the international arena.

  • Dummy4 on July 5, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    lol may be in coming years we have all 10 IPL teams in CLT20 :D

  • Varun on July 5, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    Absolute nonsense to allow four IPL teams to participate in CLT20. This is becoming another mini version of IPL. These guys don't know the meaning of Champions League. How can the fourth placed team play in Champions League. Make this tournament more centrally administered and not in the hands of BCCI.

  • Jesse on July 5, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    Don't Be Disappointed T&T the only reason teams outside of Australia, India and South Africa gets invited is because the ICC has given a window for this so call Champions League, organized by these 3 boards and they don't want it to seems selfish having only they teams participating… This rubbish of who invest the most money as an excuse 4 # of IPL teams… BCCI should asked themselves who make IPL team strong B4 ridiculing other champions by putting them through qualifier

  • Derek on July 5, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    Will Cooper be available for T&T?

  • Varun on July 5, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    what the hell is this??! the champions are required to play another tournament to qualify!! very ridiculous! when the 4th IPL team is through(which isn't required) why not the champs. the 3rd and the 4th IPL teams DON'T deserve a place in CLT20. only the champions and the runners up from India, Australia, South Africa; champs from WI, ENG, Bangladesh, PAK should participate. 10 teams of 2 groups. that makes CLT20 some sense...

  • Dummy4 on July 5, 2012, 10:05 GMT

    Champions league would champions league only if it would have champions from each major cricketing countries, though runner ups should get a chance to fight for the remaining two spots!

  • Rama on July 5, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    CLT is a consortium formed by BCCI, SA and Australia. They have the direct entry there. Others should go thru qualifiers Since BCCI has "invested" more money, they have 3 teams with direct entry and then 4th team added to generate more viewership. PCB, SL and BCB should join this consortium. However, I strongly feel that CLT should be managed by ICC

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