Champions League Twenty20 2012 July 27, 2012

Mumbai grouped with Chennai for CLT20

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Current champions Mumbai Indians, who were given direct entry to the group stage, have been placed with IPL runners-up Chennai Super Kings, Sydney Sixers and Highveld Lions in Group B for the Champions League T20 in South Africa, which starts on October 13. IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders, South African T20 champions Titans, Australia's Perth Scorchers and Delhi Daredevils are in the other group.

The groups will also include a fifth team from the qualifying round of matches, to be played between October 9 and 11 between six teams, including Pakistan's Sialkot Stallions and Trinidad & Tobago, that have been divided into two groups of three.

The tournament begins with two Group A matches - between South Africa's T20 champions Titans and Scorchers followed by another encounter from the same group between Knight Riders and Daredevils. The Wanderers in Johannesburg will host the final on October 28 while the semi-finals will be played in Centurion and Durban.

Group A: Kolkata Knight Riders (India), Titans (South Africa), Perth Scorchers (Australia), Delhi Daredevils (India) and Qualifier 1

Group B: Chennai Super Kings (India), Highveld Lions (South Africa), Sydney Sixers (Australia), Mumbai Indians (India) and Qualifier 2.

Qualifying Pool 1: Sialkot Stallions (Pakistan), Auckland Aces (New Zealand) and England's domestic T20 winners.

Qualifying Pool 2: Trinidad and Tobago (West Indies), England's domestic T20 runners-up and Sri Lanka's domestic T20 winner.

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  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    As an Indian I am ashamed of India arbitrarily fielding 4 teams, whereas a team like T&T still has to qualify!

  • POSTED BY Keithnkin on | July 30, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    This tournament reminds me very much of NFL in the USA. The winner is called WORLD CHAMPION even though the teams are all from the USA and yes , there are a handful of players who come from overseas. I guess its all good as long as its among the families of the oligarchs. To us common folks , its just all a big joke.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    2 Teams from IPL. Champions Kolkatta Night Riders & Runner-up Chennai Super Kings have made direct entry. Its OK. But 2 other teams that is toppers of IPL & 4th team given direct entry is rubbish. I think they should add Dhaka Gladiators from Bangladesh & one team from Zimbabwe should be added if the tournament wants to survive like IPL.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    Sixersssssss will Rockkkkkk !! especiallyy my fav SMITH !!

  • POSTED BY tahseenfung on | July 30, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    4 IPL teams? too many!!! looks another edition of IPL

  • POSTED BY mihir_nam on | July 30, 2012, 6:15 GMT

    Add one Bangladeshi and Zimbabwean team to Qualifiers. if associates can play 2games a day why can't these franchises .

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2012, 20:48 GMT

    as said and commented by the knowledgable cricket lovers i do agree the fact that this CLT 20 is purely and genuinely IPL like tournament as four of the IPL teams have got direct entry even without playing a single qualifing match as for me dis is nt the righ tway hence all the teams from all test play ing countries should get their fair chance in participating dis tournament. i wish and hp dat one of the qualifing teams should win dis CLT 20 in order to kick out the direct higher rank teams out of the tournament.

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2012, 19:21 GMT

    Dhaka gladiators from Bangladesh ????????????????????????????????????

  • POSTED BY Desihungama on | July 29, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    If Sialkot Stallions makes it to Group Stage, it will be interesting to see match between them and KKR where Wasim Akram tips could be handy for the latter.

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    Where is Dhaka gladiators >>>>>>>>>>> ?

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    As an Indian I am ashamed of India arbitrarily fielding 4 teams, whereas a team like T&T still has to qualify!

  • POSTED BY Keithnkin on | July 30, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    This tournament reminds me very much of NFL in the USA. The winner is called WORLD CHAMPION even though the teams are all from the USA and yes , there are a handful of players who come from overseas. I guess its all good as long as its among the families of the oligarchs. To us common folks , its just all a big joke.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    2 Teams from IPL. Champions Kolkatta Night Riders & Runner-up Chennai Super Kings have made direct entry. Its OK. But 2 other teams that is toppers of IPL & 4th team given direct entry is rubbish. I think they should add Dhaka Gladiators from Bangladesh & one team from Zimbabwe should be added if the tournament wants to survive like IPL.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    Sixersssssss will Rockkkkkk !! especiallyy my fav SMITH !!

  • POSTED BY tahseenfung on | July 30, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    4 IPL teams? too many!!! looks another edition of IPL

  • POSTED BY mihir_nam on | July 30, 2012, 6:15 GMT

    Add one Bangladeshi and Zimbabwean team to Qualifiers. if associates can play 2games a day why can't these franchises .

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2012, 20:48 GMT

    as said and commented by the knowledgable cricket lovers i do agree the fact that this CLT 20 is purely and genuinely IPL like tournament as four of the IPL teams have got direct entry even without playing a single qualifing match as for me dis is nt the righ tway hence all the teams from all test play ing countries should get their fair chance in participating dis tournament. i wish and hp dat one of the qualifing teams should win dis CLT 20 in order to kick out the direct higher rank teams out of the tournament.

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2012, 19:21 GMT

    Dhaka gladiators from Bangladesh ????????????????????????????????????

  • POSTED BY Desihungama on | July 29, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    If Sialkot Stallions makes it to Group Stage, it will be interesting to see match between them and KKR where Wasim Akram tips could be handy for the latter.

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    Where is Dhaka gladiators >>>>>>>>>>> ?

  • POSTED BY srini1088 on | July 29, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    I don understand wat everyone is cribbing about here.... its a tournament which has 50% BCCI stakes, 25% from australia and 25 from SA.... so teams from these countries get a direct entry .... other teams go through a qualifying tournament.....If others are not interested then why send teams , wy running behind money u get out of this tournament

  • POSTED BY hnlns on | July 29, 2012, 2:41 GMT

    If this tournament is to be truly a Champions League, it should have ONLY T20 champions from all 10 full members of ICC (test playing nations), not the runners up and all other kinds of teams.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | July 29, 2012, 0:11 GMT

    My biggest criticism of this tournament is WHY on Earth should 4 IPL teams play ? It should only be 2 teams - the winner and the runner up. The extra 2 slots should go to a team from Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. This is unfair. Also, the rules must make it very strict for players to ONLY play for a team that pays them the most. There is no room for national sentiments here because this is a professional tournament. Money speaks volumes. The IPL clubs pay a lot more than any other team so they should get to keep all their overseas stars. That's the only fair solution as I see. Besides, Trinidad and Tobago shouldn't even be allowed to participate in this tournament in the first place. They are a nation and not a club. The CLT20 should be mostly for professional T20 clubs. This rule needs some tweaking for the next edition. This is why a revamped BBL and the brand new SLPL make a lot more sense.

  • POSTED BY on | July 28, 2012, 22:20 GMT

    MI was supposed to play in the qualifying round but got a direct entry for being the defending champion (anyone following european soccer leagues would understand this as it is followed there as well). Last time KKR played in the qualifying round. If T&T or Sialkoat manages to win it next time they will also find a direct entry. Above all. if you are a champ, you should not be complaing abt it rather take it as opportunity to get used to the SA condn before taking on stronger opponents..

  • POSTED BY on | July 28, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    Let's just see and wait, hopefully one of the qualifying team would become the champion---that would be real Justice

  • POSTED BY on | July 28, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    It is funny how ppl blame BCCI for not taking other teams into their tournament. why dont you ppl blame to your cricket boards for not organizing a tournament like this?? feeling sorry for the critics of BCCI on this matter.

  • POSTED BY YS_USA on | July 28, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    It is not the ownership alone, but the financial success of the tournament depends on the TV viewership. If there are not 4 teams from India, the viewvership will decline and then sponsors will decline and then there will not be enough money to hold the tournament. I would like to know the current revenue of WI and NZ series as opposed to India and SL series.

  • POSTED BY on | July 28, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    @ IndiaRulesEverybody Dude! BCCI should not have any exclusive rights, as the tournament is not Indian labeled, but a global event for which the ICC has left space in the FTP! The reasons you are giving are not proper explanations, but rather excuses my friend! If it was an event labeled as purely Indian, like the IPL, then nobody would have been complaining..

  • POSTED BY Dirk_L on | July 28, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    Swaminathan Krishnamoorthy: "thank god BCCI doesn't run ICC" -- it doesn't? Really doesn't??

  • POSTED BY Kashifamin on | July 28, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    I am from Pakistan but i dont really see any reason for complaining against Sialkot being placed in play offs. It is going to be their first such outing and we are not sure ourselves how will they perform on South African wickets ... Say, if they are good enough and go on to thrash the opponents in qualifying stage and end up as winners later on, it would be next to impossible for organizers to place them in qualifying stage next time around ...

  • POSTED BY on | July 28, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    its like a kid come in ground with bat and ball and says " My Bat My Ball So i will Bat First :p

  • POSTED BY visha_pb on | July 28, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    They are the owners and they can do what ever they want???????? What kind of joke it is? So why it is name as Champions League? Name it IPL 2. And other teams from respective countries should not attend this event.

  • POSTED BY on | July 28, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    What i dont understand is how mumbai qualify...it was suppose to be DD, CSK, KKR,.......thank god BCCI doesn't run ICC

  • POSTED BY IndiaRulesEverybody on | July 28, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    @azeesajid: Then don't play in this Champions League. Nobody is forcing the Sialkot Stallions or T&T to play if this is so unfair. Make your own league and make your own rules and don't invite any Indian teams but do stop the whining. And while we are at it, why is the BD allowed to play Test cricket and not the Ireland/Netherlands/Scottish/Afghan teams? Why don't I see you complaining as to why BD team is "qualified" to play Test cricket when they so clearly are not fit enough to even win T20 matches against associate teams??

  • POSTED BY riverlime on | July 28, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    For this to be a real league of champion teams, there needs to be a level playing field, regardless of who bought the bats. If X, Y and Z sponsored the tournament then they can collect the winnings. but they can't declare that their horse must start the race halfway down the track! How can any team feel like winners of a tournament , knowing that their competitors had to play several extra (tiring) games first? Surely that would tarnish any such trophy lifted?

  • POSTED BY Cricket_Man on | July 28, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    mmk64, if it's so much about ownership of the tournament, then why play at all. Why doesn't BCCI buy the trophy? I mean why go through the entire tournament when out of the 10 teams India has 4 teams. Just shows the desperation to win. You don't need too many teams to win tournament. Only one team can win you a tournament if it has got the quality. My advice, next time make it 8 teams from India, 1 from South Africa and 1 from Australia.

  • POSTED BY azeesajid on | July 28, 2012, 8:00 GMT

    @indiaruleseeverybody for your kind information why pak & ban do't play qualifying round for wc/t20,is becoz of their ranking and points earned in t20 intl. if they will go behind afgan team then will also have to play qualifyng round for w.cup. and about 4 teams of india in clt20 is completely bias from indian side.bcoz if all the team from india will take part in clt20 then it should also be called ipl rather then champions league.

  • POSTED BY on | July 28, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    no one has any right to blame BCCI as they are the ones who owns this tournament. they can do what ever they want and others should appreciate them for giving them a chance to play in their tournament.

  • POSTED BY Mahesh-Cricket on | July 28, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    @ Muhammad_Zahid: Before you post strong words like "shame, shame".. please do some research; or just ask for clarification, and somebody here will be happy to enlighten you. Like Maulik Gandhi has rightly clarified, BCCI owns 50% stake in CL and Aus and SA 25% each; actually they dont need to include other teams at all. Magnanimously, other countries have been invited. Pakistan, Srilanka, West Indies etc. are grateful enough to acknowledge and have agreed to play the qualifiers. Here's hoping their supporters will also understand and appreciate the tournament format and spirit of the competition. Cheers

  • POSTED BY Dilbar786 on | July 28, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    This is a joke..they shud name it ipl

  • POSTED BY on | July 28, 2012, 5:40 GMT

    COMMON CSK WIN THE TILE AGAIN

  • POSTED BY on | July 27, 2012, 23:54 GMT

    @ Mr. Muhammad_Zahid .. FYI, BCCI holds 50% of the stake in champions league.. australia owns 25% and south africa owns 25%... hence the number of teams in the main round is accordingly... the other teams are only there because the cricket board of india, aus and sa have invited them to play.. if you feel so bad abt only one pakistan team.. ask ur PCB to start their own league

  • POSTED BY riz8663 on | July 27, 2012, 23:44 GMT

    @ Muhammad_Zahid: It's very simple and Indians figured it out long ago, the more teams you have from your country the higher your chances are of winning. And plus India runs cricket, funds cricket, owns cricket....

  • POSTED BY on | July 27, 2012, 23:10 GMT

    Wow! Perfect groups! Can't wait to see KKR clash with DD again! This CLT20 is going to be epic!

  • POSTED BY IndiaRulesEverybody on | July 27, 2012, 22:37 GMT

    @Muhammad_Zahid: Same reason that 10 teams qualify directly for the WC/T20 tournaments and the rest have to play matches to qualify. I don't see you making a noise when Pakistan/Bangladesh qualify for the WC directly but Netherlands and Afghanisthan have to play other matches to play in these tournaments. Why don't you say 'shame shame' then?

  • POSTED BY CCricFFan on | July 27, 2012, 21:10 GMT

    Anil Roberts wants T & T players for them because without them they are not going to qualify this time around with sri lankan domestic champion will have better players(more likely wyamba) which will have players from pakistan srilanka australia and south africa so i believe srilankan champion will qualify for CLT20 this time and Sialkot stallions is not that good but other teams are not good either so any team from qualifying pool can qualify and from pool b more likyly srilankan champion will qualify thats why roberts is throwing a fit cuz they didnt get automatic qualification and i dont think they deserve it ... they have to prove it by winnning their pool ...haha

  • POSTED BY Muhammad_Zahid on | July 27, 2012, 21:08 GMT

    Can any one explain me why all 4 Indian teams are qualified directly to main round and teams like pakistan, WI and 2 teams from England will play qualify matches. This shows the mentality of the indians..... shame shame...

  • POSTED BY Suhailmarsh on | July 27, 2012, 19:30 GMT

    It will be the champions league for the highly talented Perth Scorchers. Bcos they have Marsh brothers, Gibbsy, Hogg, North. They have one of the world's best fielder Paul Collingwood. They can win this year's CLT20 easily. Shaun marsh wil be the leading run getter.

  • POSTED BY on | July 27, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    sialkot and stallions and t&t will be the others in the respective groups :) this is my prediction :)

  • POSTED BY on | July 27, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    all 4 ipl teams qualify directly,but even the champions of other tournaments should play the qualifying rounds.....RIDICULOUS

  • POSTED BY xylo on | July 27, 2012, 17:16 GMT

    Okay, so where does the crowd fit in - Group A or Group B? ;-)

  • POSTED BY CCricFFan on | July 27, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    if they want clt20 be played like Uefa CL then they should let those qualifiers into to main round and get 1 team from bangladesh so that makes it 15 teams then winner of the last CL should automatically qualifies for CL so there will be 16 teams with 4 groups and then QF and so on. with that format there would be 5 teams from ipl since Mumbai indians won last CL. then make 4 pots of 4 teams according to their coeffiecient(rankings) then take 1 team from each pot into a group and no team from same association should be in same group but with 5 ipl teams 1 group would have 2 teams from IPL.

  • POSTED BY FM97 on | July 27, 2012, 17:01 GMT

    @Kevin Roarke : Looks like you've been underestimating Chennai and Dhoni like many ppl do nowadays. I hv been a CSK fan since 2009, and I've seen them winning the CLT20 title 2 years ago in South Africa itself. If you think Chennai only has dependency on spin, think twice, They took 55 out of 60 wickets in 2010 CL which they won.. 30 of them came from the quicks. This time their fast bowling arsenal is even better cause they've got Hilfenhaus,Kulasekara and YoMahesh along with Dougie (Bollinger).As for their batting, Vijay and Raina may struggle against short pitched stuff, but in T20,they play the best of bowlers in the most ruthless manner. They've got a class opener in Mike Hussey ,calm crisis man in Dhoni and explosive finisher in Albie Morkel !! They are the most balanced side in GROUP B and they're led by a man who has already won 2 T20 titles in South Africa (Hope u remember World T20 '07 ???) :P:P:P

  • POSTED BY bd_cric_lover on | July 27, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    I m confused.....this is Champions league or Indian champions league...... :) funny

  • POSTED BY YS_USA on | July 27, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    Cricket_Man, England and WI were invied to own CLT-T20 but refused. Other countries, NZ, Pak, SL and BD do not have any TV market to support any tournament, only UK has TV market, but they are less interested in T20 and more interested in test matches. All 10 ICC MEMBER countries voted in favour of CLT because they all interested in prize money as all teams get $500,000 and winning teams get more money up to $2.5 million.

  • POSTED BY on | July 27, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    I am from Mumbai and supporter of Mumbai Indians. Instead of playing in main draw, Mumbai should be in qualifiers. (England winner in main draw and runner up in qualifiers as per strength and quality of team). One team from BPL also need to included (don't know why they not include, may be financial problems with respective franchise. They not able to clear dues of players..) For credibility of CLT20, Influence of IPL should be minimize. I am also against player retention policy. Player must be in home teams.. Best Luck Mumbai Indians.. Next year I want my team in main draw as a winner if IPL.. not from back door.

  • POSTED BY on | July 27, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    we want cricket champions league as famous as football champions league and my fav team is new zealand but in recent days their quality of cricket playing ablity is decrease so plz allow 2 teams from new zealand in main draw that can gain some confidence.. and icc should also think abt all teams were popularity cricket is down... and they should try solve it.. coz cricket is not like football were more dan 150+ country play football...

  • POSTED BY on | July 27, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    mi will rock again in clt20

  • POSTED BY Haleos on | July 27, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    @ Extraz - misbah is a cool guy too. He also had guts to declare. Pakistan will start winning consistently if they get rid of players with high egos and low averages. So called Boom boom is just a doom doom.

  • POSTED BY on | July 27, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    i think bcci should give equal chances to other boards also,, like new zealand,sri lanka,west indies enlish etc,, and allow teams to play in main drawn , and two teams from all country but allow 4 teams frm IPL coz ipl franchies hav lots of money in t20 so from ths kind of tournament they can also get benifited of money,, than it ll be gr8 to watch clt20

  • POSTED BY on | July 27, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    i appreciate ur comments about sialkot jindal but dont get ur hopes up. sialkot has a fairly inexperienced squad. lahore lions would fare better in the clt20

  • POSTED BY theswami on | July 27, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    If the Americans can have World Series Baseball with teams from the USA alone, there is no harm in having teams from only India, SA & Australia in the CLt20 which is a property of the BCCI, CA & CSA .... the other teams must feel happy to be invited. I demand the tourney be renamed the World CL t20 & 6 Indian teams be invited instead of 4,raise the number of teams to 12 for this purpose if required ..

  • POSTED BY zimmby on | July 27, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    Since India have 50% of stakes, and, Australia and South Africa each have 25% each, India has 2 teams, SA and Aus each have 1 team in each group. And one team is each group comes from other nations. I hope Sunil Naraine plays for KKR. He is a real assest of KKR.

  • POSTED BY on | July 27, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    wikipedia says that the sialkot and auckland will be be joined by the friends life t20 runners up

  • POSTED BY umairasgharbutt on | July 27, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    i dont understand the format, why there is qualify round and all of above why 4 ipl teams?

  • POSTED BY K.a.l.i.n.g.a_D_w.a.r.r.i.o.R on | July 27, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    In CLT20 from India only 2 teams should play rest 8 teams should be each one from 1.Australia 2.England 3. South Africa 4.West Indies 5.New Zealand 6. Sri Lanka 7.Bangladesh 8..Pakistan It would b a treat to watch if they follow the above. 4 teams from india means this tournament isn't worthy to watch.

  • POSTED BY Naveed85 on | July 27, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    2 Indian teams should have played qualifying rounds ..clearly Indian domination in world cricket. Sialkot Stallions has terrific record in pakistan domestic cricket ..one of the favorites .. csk is always consistent they have won last CLT20 in south africa. T&T and KKR also has decent palyers in T20

  • POSTED BY on | July 27, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    Easy draw for MI team. CSK with its spin dependency will struggle on the pitches in SA. And flat track bully players like Raina, Vijay will struggle to make runs.

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | July 27, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    @RISHI2016

    Then why have the icc given it an official window?!?!

    Why can't an international series take place during that period, if only teams from Ind, SA and Aus are heavily favoured for the competition branding itself as the "champions league"?

    Either make it fair for every nation or the icc should do a u-turn!!

  • POSTED BY the_wallster on | July 27, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    Isn't this just the IPL part 2?

  • POSTED BY Cricket_Man on | July 27, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    England, West Indies, New Zealand, Pakistan, Srilanka and Bangladesh should boycott this tournament as it truly doesn't depict the title Champions League. These countries should start their own tournament and should invite South Africa and Australia and not India. As India is just using its money power to dominate the game which is bad for it. Together those boards can generate revenue needed for a successful tournament. That's how you break the Indian monopoly. Although it was the ICC's job but these countries can do it if they unite. EQUALITY FOR ALL Please publish.

  • POSTED BY real26_03 on | July 27, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    It is such a shame that 4 teams from IPL got direct entry where as teams like T&T and Sialkot Stallions have to competee in the qualifiers and let alone the fact that there is no team from BPL!!!! I believe if Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils were to compete in the qualifiers then they would be out...

  • POSTED BY Farrukh.91. on | July 27, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    Dhaka Gladiators still apperas to be the best team ainspite of not featuring in the CLT20, no other team has the services of the likes of Ashraful, Murtaza, Ajmal, Imran Nazir, Rana Naved, Owais Zia, Elias Sunny and Afridi; all of them match winners alone!

  • POSTED BY QingdaoXI on | July 27, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    Sialkot Stallions and Trinidad and Tobaggo will qualify for main Event. They have quality players.

  • POSTED BY riverlime on | July 27, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    CLT20 was given an official ICC window. That makes it ICC property now. Next year the ICC will start to implement some changes to qualification, to keep it in line with all other ICC-sanctioned tournaments. Say goodbye to four automatic BCCI picks. Say hello to a GENUINE tournament of Champions.

  • POSTED BY joseyesu on | July 27, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    //////why is this even a news////////

  • POSTED BY Extraz on | July 27, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    I am 4rm Pak but i think chennai will win CLT20 because of captain cool dhoni i am big fan of dhoni and admire his abilities i really wish we also had a captain like him.

  • POSTED BY ansarri on | July 27, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    Dhaka Gladiators should have played

  • POSTED BY on | July 27, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    @ Kirk : In general, BD fans will be supporting KKR due to Shakib and Bengali connection. But yeah, one BD team could have been picked for qualifiers. I strongly feel, BD team will play in future. If Pak team can get to play why not BD. For few months BD have been earning their Respect; Their time will also come in CL 20. And being an Indian fan I will be the happiest man !

  • POSTED BY RISHI2016 on | July 27, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    Before people start crooning about why some teams are not in helm, lets make it clear, Champions Trophy is a tournament in collaboration with three boards, i.e Australia , India and South Africa. Any other team participating is by merely invitation. Period.

  • POSTED BY on | July 27, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    Sialkot Stallions (Pakistan) might look the Best team to many (including me). But keeping in mind the FAST n BOUNCY pitches of SA, other qualifying teams of Eng n NZ might beat them. But still it's Pak, u can predict about them !

  • POSTED BY on | July 27, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    Okay so CSK is going to kick out MI as CSK have good, experienced and "the same" players who had won them CL 20 that was played in SA. Considering the Fast n BOUNCY nature of SA pitches and the quality players needed to play effectively on it DD have the Best chance of winning the tournament. KP, Mahela, Warner, Taylor, Viru . Wow ! and it would be TREAT to watch Morkel, Umesh Yadav & Varun Aaron bowling with good pace ! And then I Pathan is always there to support. Looking forward to it. And about KKR - Gauti might not be as effective as he was in IPL, same with Shakib. But Kallis, Lee & McCullum will have to do the majority part.

  • POSTED BY vish57 on | July 27, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    Four Indian Teams is too much in a 10 Team tournament across 8 countries, 2 bottom teams from India should play qualifiers and merit inclusion in main draw. Obviously 40% chance for an Indian Team to win the tournament. Poor Bangladesh Premier League Team champions are excluded. Don't they deserve participation in qualifying rounds? Once England, Australia dominated world cricket and now it is India. BCCI should realize that this is also not permanent after all they copied the idea from ICL, used their financial power to demean ICL and other boards. If few countries join together to start a multi national team T20 championship, this tournament with lose its value.

  • POSTED BY on | July 27, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    Very much ufair toTrinidad & Tobaco...They can easily math up with direct qualified teams....Direct qualification for 4 IPL teams meas cricet world has been sold to money of India...It is shame that seeno place for any Bangaladesh team...If they are a full status country ..why they have not been included?....

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | July 27, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    What is the specialty in this headline? Even KKR is in group with DD.. As if CSK and MI didn't want to be in same group.. Except for the fact that 4 teams from IPL are playing, it looks a good tournament..

  • POSTED BY veerakannadiga on | July 27, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    I am an RCB supporter. Since RCB has not qualified, I am supporting T&T.......Go T&T Go.. Win the trophy. AMEN.

  • POSTED BY on | July 27, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    In Qualifying Pool T & T will get eliminated & the players from T & T will play their respected IPL Sides

  • POSTED BY on | July 27, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    It is not some thing strange...now cricket belongs to India and they rule the game...SHAME SHAME SHAME!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 27, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    IPL and BCCI is the where the money is at,so there are 4 IPL teams whereas Auckland and SL champions and Pak teams have to fight for a place..

  • POSTED BY on | July 27, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    its ridiculous tht mumbai indians got direct entry ... shud ve been there in the qualifiers ...

  • POSTED BY funkyandy on | July 27, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    Can this tournament be re-labelled as the India-Aussie-South African cup? The way the tournament is set up, its designed to have the winner from these 3 countries only. I thought this was cricket?? This whole set up is completely AGAINST the spirit of cricket... I hope the organisers have nice holidays on the profits, because that money will not be re-invested in cricket.

  • POSTED BY Madselector on | July 27, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    @Kirk... You must be really happy that Bangladesh has got a place in World T20.. ha ha.. and remember to pay the salary to the BPL players first... :)

  • POSTED BY Kricket_ on | July 27, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    Why no Team from BPL???????

  • POSTED BY on | July 27, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    4 out of 10 teams from india and T&T and english champions to qualify from qualifiers. Great!! Does this tournament deserve the name "Champions League"?

  • POSTED BY on | July 27, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    No Bangladesh team? that seems strange

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  • POSTED BY on | July 27, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    No Bangladesh team? that seems strange

  • POSTED BY on | July 27, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    4 out of 10 teams from india and T&T and english champions to qualify from qualifiers. Great!! Does this tournament deserve the name "Champions League"?

  • POSTED BY Kricket_ on | July 27, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    Why no Team from BPL???????

  • POSTED BY Madselector on | July 27, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    @Kirk... You must be really happy that Bangladesh has got a place in World T20.. ha ha.. and remember to pay the salary to the BPL players first... :)

  • POSTED BY funkyandy on | July 27, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    Can this tournament be re-labelled as the India-Aussie-South African cup? The way the tournament is set up, its designed to have the winner from these 3 countries only. I thought this was cricket?? This whole set up is completely AGAINST the spirit of cricket... I hope the organisers have nice holidays on the profits, because that money will not be re-invested in cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | July 27, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    its ridiculous tht mumbai indians got direct entry ... shud ve been there in the qualifiers ...

  • POSTED BY on | July 27, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    IPL and BCCI is the where the money is at,so there are 4 IPL teams whereas Auckland and SL champions and Pak teams have to fight for a place..

  • POSTED BY on | July 27, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    It is not some thing strange...now cricket belongs to India and they rule the game...SHAME SHAME SHAME!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 27, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    In Qualifying Pool T & T will get eliminated & the players from T & T will play their respected IPL Sides

  • POSTED BY veerakannadiga on | July 27, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    I am an RCB supporter. Since RCB has not qualified, I am supporting T&T.......Go T&T Go.. Win the trophy. AMEN.