Mumbai, Rajasthan to kick off CLT20
IPL champions Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals will kick off the Champions League 2013 in Jaipur on September 21. They will be joined by Lions, winners of South Africa's T20 competition, and Australia's Perth Scorchers to make up Group A. Group B includes former winners Chennai Super Kings, Big Bash League champions Brisbane Heat, South Africa's Titans and Trinidad & Tobago, who have qualified directly into the tournament for the first time.
Otago Volts, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Faisalabad Wolves and the winner of Sri Lanka's domestic T20 tournament, which is yet to take place, will play the Qualifiers beginning on September 17 in Hyderabad. The two top-ranked sides will progress to take the one spot remaining in each group.
The group stage will have each team facing the other once to decide the seeding in the semi-finals. The table toppers from Group A will meet the team ranked second from Group B, while the winners of Group B will take on the second-placed team from Group A in Jaipur and Delhi respectively. Delhi will also host the final on October 6.
Ranchi and Ahmedabad join Jaipur in hosting Champions League matches for the first time this year.