Champions League news September 13, 2013

Champions League route cleared for Faisalabad


Faisalabad Wolves, Pakistan's domestic Twenty20 champions, will travel to India to take part in the Champions League T20 after the Indian Embassy in Pakistan granted the players their visas following days of uncertainty.

The Faisalabad players had dispersed on Thursday evening from their training camp and went home assuming they would need time to pack if the visas were issued. The PCB had also told ESPNcricinfo that the visas had neither been issued nor denied. On Friday, the PCB asked the players to report at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore because the visas had been obtained, a Faisalabad player told ESPNricinfo.

The players are scheduled to depart in two batches; those in Lahore are due to leave on Saturday while three players in the Pakistan national team - Misbah-ul-Haq, Saeed Ajmal and Ehsan Adil - are due to fly from Zimbabwe on the completion of the current series. The last day of the ongoing second Test in Harare is on Saturday.

Faisalabad will be only the second Pakistan team to take part in the Champions League and the first in India - Sialkot Stallions competed in the 2012 tournament in South Africa. They play their first match on September 17 in Mohali against Otago Volts.

A team from Pakistan had been invited for the first edition in 2008 but that tournament was postponed because of the terror attacks in Mumbai and no further invitation was issued to Pakistan until 2012.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Azeem on September 17, 2013, 8:09 GMT

    every thing is going well BUT . . I have some concern about one thing , why Pakistan's domestic team have to play qualifying round while other countries domestic teams like west indies or austral is directly playing main round. ? is there any defined criteria for this or its just will of BCCI ? can anyone is there to answer this ?

  • Omer on September 16, 2013, 2:41 GMT

    @Ramamoorthy, you make a valid point about ownership, but the fact remains that a CHAMPIONS League should include ALL T20 champions. Continue to have 3 IPL, 2 South African and 2 Big Bash teams, but instead of qualifying, just invite the T20 champs of PK, SL, ENG, NZ and WI. This gives you 12 teams to play with, and will ensure an even greater fan following. Plus, the extra matches and potential sponsorships and TV time would improve the owners' 'outcome', as you put it, in terms of increased revenues.

  • Dummy4 on September 14, 2013, 20:49 GMT

    i am not happy with the decision because i do not know who will bat from faisalabad side this is no batsman except misbah.

  • Dummy4 on September 14, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    For those Pak fans who complain about qualifying.... Pls note that his tournament is owned by BCCI (50% stake), CA & CSA 25% stake each. 3 teams from Ind, 2 each from Aus & SA in the main round is what their tournament plan. So 7 teams already there, as the 8th team T&T comes this time directly to ain round considering their consistent articipation every year. So 8 teams selected. This tournament is of 10 teams, only 2 places left, but 4 more teams ate there - Pak, SL, NZ, and one from Ind as they have 50% stake. Infact last year 2 more from Eng. Thats why this qualifying roud. Now got? If you want you also get some stake if allowed and send your teams to main round directly. Note as the tournament owners they have to think some outcome, money. For you its just participation.

  • Dummy4 on September 14, 2013, 8:26 GMT

    ridiculous thing is 4 ipl teams automatically qualify, while CHAMPIONS need to pass some qualifying round to play...totally biased and pathetic

  • Dummy4 on September 14, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    IN SHA ALLAH Faisalabad Wolves will qualify for the Champions league and we hope they will win the champions league 2013..

  • Dummy4 on September 14, 2013, 7:40 GMT

    Cheers.....Enjoy the game everyone...

  • Dummy4 on September 14, 2013, 7:38 GMT

    Never understood why the hell the Champions have to qualify and teams from IPL (except the champions) don't . this is absolute rubbish ...!!

  • Dummy4 on September 14, 2013, 7:16 GMT

    best of luck faisalabad wolves inshallah you qualifing the champion league t20

  • Android on September 14, 2013, 6:26 GMT

    if misbah can replicate his same form in this tournament then there s no reason why this side cant qualify , one can agree that this team is short of big names like sialkot n lahore but to write them off is stupid thing to do , they have got great talent , best of luck