CLT20 2014 July 24, 2014

Bangalore to host CLT20 final

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Mohali, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Raipur will host the sixth edition of the Champions League Twenty20, to be played from September 13 to October 4. Kolkata Knight Riders, the IPL winners, will face 2010 CLT20 champions Chennai Super Kings on September 17 at Hyderabad in the main draw opener. The qualifiers will be played at Raipur from September 13 to 16.

The tournament has retained its last year's format with 12 teams vying for a total prize money of $6 million, according to a CLT20 media release. Barring the team from West Indies, the winner of the ongoing Caribbean Premier League, the remaining 11 teams have been confirmed. The tournament will see four teams from India, two each from Australia and South Africa and one each from Pakistan, Sri Lanka, West Indies and New Zealand.

Lahore Lions, Northern Districts and South Express, the domestic T20 champions from Pakistan, New Zealand and Sri Lanka respectively, along with IPL's fourth-placed team Mumbai Indians, will face each other in the qualifying stage. The top two teams from the stage will progress to the main draw, which will be divided into two groups of five each.

Mumbai Indians, if they qualify, will move to Group B. The schedule makes it evident that the organisers would prefer four IPL teams to be divided equally in the main draw. While Knight Riders and Super Kings are placed in Group A, Kings XI Punjab, who will be making their their CLT20 debut, are in Group B.

Of the 29 games to be played in the three weeks in September, Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium in Raipur, the home of Chhattisgarh cricket, will stage eight matches, including all six qualifying games. This will be another opportunity for the Chhattisgarh State Cricket Sangh, which hosted two IPL games in 2013, to make a case for being granted with the full-member status of the BCCI.

"This is a huge achievement for Chhattisgarh cricket," CSCS president Baldev Singh Bhatia said. "No affiliate or associate member had hosted an IPL game till we did so last year. And now the BCCI has entrusted us with bigger responsibility by allotting the highest number of matches, including those of the visiting team from Pakistan.

"Hosting such prestigious matches will hopefully take us closer to attaining the full-member status and thereby ensuring that the local cricketers from the state are rewarded for their hardwork with a place in the Ranji Trophy."

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on July 26, 2014, 12:12 GMT

    Interesting to see how Lahore lions goes. best of luck

  • Shridharan.S on July 25, 2014, 10:51 GMT

    @Ramamoorthy_Nagooran You forget to mention New South Wales in your response to @ Antony_Lucas. They won the inaugural edition of CLT20 beating Trinidad and Tobago in 2009. As as far as the favorites are concerned I think the teams in Group B (Hobart Hurricanes and Cape Cobras) have a very good chance as they are mostly based in Mohali and the wicket in the PCA Stadium generally has something for the quicker bowlers. I don't expect too many foreign teams in the knockouts as according to the schedule, the last phase of the league is going to played in spin-friendly conditions. My gut feeling is that Lahore Lions have a good chance if they get past the qualifiers. The conditions are similar to those in Pakistan. They have a good batting line-up with equally able bowlers. I think if Hafeez find his form, then expect them to go all the way. He is a utility cricketer and havind him in form can just lift the morale of the team. The team to watch out would be Chennai Super Kings.

  • Ramamoorthy_Nagooran on July 25, 2014, 8:48 GMT

    @ Amitava Kundu - The league is owned by BCCI (50% stage), South Africa (25% stake) and Australia (25% stake) thats why more participaton from the three countries. Teams from other test playing countries (except Bangaladesh) have to qualify to main round (except the West indies team due to their consistent participation in the league so far). England are not willing to participate since "qualifying" seems to be major concern for them. The team from Bangladesh is yet to considered by the league owners. @wapuser - Not sure about Lions, but CSK are clear favourites. Despite being not always done great in CLT, CSK makes everyone to think that they are strong group.

  • Ramamoorthy_Nagooran on July 25, 2014, 8:47 GMT

    @ Sreevathsa - What makes you to feel so on a team which endup last but one in the league? Being strong just in paper isn't enough my friend. RCB require significant changes in their team. @ Antony_Lucas - In CLT or BBL? If CLT, Sidney sixers were the title winners of 2012 league. @ ManJot Singh Badesha - Hope he will choose IPL team just not to loose some contract money. And indeed will be interesting to see him play against his another own team. @ Hamadullah Sohu - Looks so. Howvever Hafeez needs to bring his form back if Lions want to see them in main round. But for me it looks little doubtfull seeing him paying in CPL currently. @ Hamad Shah Kazmi - Best of luck to Hafeez too. continue to next comment....

  • on July 25, 2014, 8:17 GMT

    I think csk will win leage, final with punjab ya lahore lions

  • on July 25, 2014, 8:15 GMT

    Champions League Twenty20 has a group of winners from India, Australia and South Africa leagues. How did this happen?

  • on July 25, 2014, 6:48 GMT

    Best of luck Lahore Lions

  • on July 25, 2014, 5:48 GMT

    MI & Lahore Lions will qualify for next stage

  • on July 25, 2014, 4:54 GMT

    I want to ask that will George Bailey plays from KXIP or Hobart Hurrican? As he is captain for both teams and both teams will plays there first match against each othher on 18.

  • Antony_Lucas on July 25, 2014, 4:49 GMT

    Aussie teams havn't performed well in the last 2 seasons. Primarily through player unavailability, foreign conditions and schedule timing. They seem to be there to make up the numbers, chuck them in the qualifying pools and see if they're good enough

  • on July 26, 2014, 12:12 GMT

    Interesting to see how Lahore lions goes. best of luck

  • Shridharan.S on July 25, 2014, 10:51 GMT

    @Ramamoorthy_Nagooran You forget to mention New South Wales in your response to @ Antony_Lucas. They won the inaugural edition of CLT20 beating Trinidad and Tobago in 2009. As as far as the favorites are concerned I think the teams in Group B (Hobart Hurricanes and Cape Cobras) have a very good chance as they are mostly based in Mohali and the wicket in the PCA Stadium generally has something for the quicker bowlers. I don't expect too many foreign teams in the knockouts as according to the schedule, the last phase of the league is going to played in spin-friendly conditions. My gut feeling is that Lahore Lions have a good chance if they get past the qualifiers. The conditions are similar to those in Pakistan. They have a good batting line-up with equally able bowlers. I think if Hafeez find his form, then expect them to go all the way. He is a utility cricketer and havind him in form can just lift the morale of the team. The team to watch out would be Chennai Super Kings.

  • Ramamoorthy_Nagooran on July 25, 2014, 8:48 GMT

    @ Amitava Kundu - The league is owned by BCCI (50% stage), South Africa (25% stake) and Australia (25% stake) thats why more participaton from the three countries. Teams from other test playing countries (except Bangaladesh) have to qualify to main round (except the West indies team due to their consistent participation in the league so far). England are not willing to participate since "qualifying" seems to be major concern for them. The team from Bangladesh is yet to considered by the league owners. @wapuser - Not sure about Lions, but CSK are clear favourites. Despite being not always done great in CLT, CSK makes everyone to think that they are strong group.

  • Ramamoorthy_Nagooran on July 25, 2014, 8:47 GMT

    @ Sreevathsa - What makes you to feel so on a team which endup last but one in the league? Being strong just in paper isn't enough my friend. RCB require significant changes in their team. @ Antony_Lucas - In CLT or BBL? If CLT, Sidney sixers were the title winners of 2012 league. @ ManJot Singh Badesha - Hope he will choose IPL team just not to loose some contract money. And indeed will be interesting to see him play against his another own team. @ Hamadullah Sohu - Looks so. Howvever Hafeez needs to bring his form back if Lions want to see them in main round. But for me it looks little doubtfull seeing him paying in CPL currently. @ Hamad Shah Kazmi - Best of luck to Hafeez too. continue to next comment....

  • on July 25, 2014, 8:17 GMT

    I think csk will win leage, final with punjab ya lahore lions

  • on July 25, 2014, 8:15 GMT

    Champions League Twenty20 has a group of winners from India, Australia and South Africa leagues. How did this happen?

  • on July 25, 2014, 6:48 GMT

    Best of luck Lahore Lions

  • on July 25, 2014, 5:48 GMT

    MI & Lahore Lions will qualify for next stage

  • on July 25, 2014, 4:54 GMT

    I want to ask that will George Bailey plays from KXIP or Hobart Hurrican? As he is captain for both teams and both teams will plays there first match against each othher on 18.

  • Antony_Lucas on July 25, 2014, 4:49 GMT

    Aussie teams havn't performed well in the last 2 seasons. Primarily through player unavailability, foreign conditions and schedule timing. They seem to be there to make up the numbers, chuck them in the qualifying pools and see if they're good enough

  • on July 24, 2014, 18:53 GMT

    Watz cricket widout RCB ; the likes of Gayle, Kohli, ABD....

    Hope Tallahwas win and Gayle play for Jamaican Tallawahs in CLT20.

  • LuckyStar on July 24, 2014, 16:18 GMT

    Agree to Karthik. Please mention as BENGALURU .

  • on July 24, 2014, 15:19 GMT

    Why cricinfo still mentioning BENGALURU as BANGALORE? Name has been changed, outsiders may tend to confuse.

  • on July 24, 2014, 15:15 GMT

    There you go RAIPUR.!!! MI and Lahore Lions would be stronger teams in qualifiers. Can't wait to have match in my hometown.....

  • on July 24, 2014, 15:03 GMT

    its a great news for chattisgarh state....as a citizen of C.G state eagerly waiting to watch CLT20 live from SAHEED VEER NARAYAN SINGH STADIUM RAIPUR & to see this stadium live through T.V.....All credit goes to BALDEV SINGH BHATIA.....thankyou Mr.Bhatia to see our stadium live....

  • on July 24, 2014, 15:01 GMT

    lahore lions needs afridi and ajmal in there roster then it will be pakistan vs other teams in clt20

  • on July 24, 2014, 14:44 GMT

    Wish England had some teams in the tournament

  • green_jelly on July 24, 2014, 14:14 GMT

    Comments about number of teams coming from different countries are so silly! These are all privately owned teams with players from many different countries. You still get to see all the international stars. I think that international games between teams representing nations is still the highest form of cricket - but we don't have to reduce that reputation by putting national labels on privately owned teams made of a mixed variety of nationalities.

  • Cricket_Man on July 24, 2014, 13:45 GMT

    Lahore Lions seem to be solid contenders to not only qualify but go deep in the tournament and possible win it. I say this because they have players like Ahmed Shehzad, Nasir Jamshed, Muhammad Hafeez, Umar Akmal, Kamran Akmal, Imam ul Haq, Abdul Razzaq, Wahab Riaz and Aizaz Cheema. Top Pakistani talent in that side of Lahore. Hopefully our Pakistani Punjabi boys get to have a match with the Indian Punjabis (Kings XI) in the coming CLT20.

  • on July 24, 2014, 13:27 GMT

    Good to see Raipur hosting matches. People often complain about small stadiums in India. I guess Raipur stadium has even bigger outfield than MCG. If they don't shrink boundary size in favour of batsmen, scoring 6 will not be easy. The stadium should soon start to host Internationals.

  • on July 24, 2014, 13:16 GMT

    C'mon Perth Scorchers, 3rd time lucky!!! From Perth cricket fan/WACA Member!

  • on July 24, 2014, 11:29 GMT

    Wish to see Punjab vs Lahore at any stage ,two good sides of two different punjab teams.

  • Victorious19 on July 24, 2014, 11:00 GMT

    Great to see Raipur as the locations for the qualifiers. Its a wonderful ground and have some enthusiastic crowd to cheer the players. It will be a sure hit.

  • on July 24, 2014, 10:45 GMT

    Its good to see Lahore Lions in CLT20.......hope that they play well in qualifiers in qualify for the group stage.

  • KShaunXi on July 24, 2014, 10:44 GMT

    @Abdul Samad Ayoubi for your kind information it was decided last year only that ECB will have thier doemstic season starting during the CLT20 and hence will not send their teams for this competiton hence there is no England teams...

  • on July 24, 2014, 10:39 GMT

    Good Luck for Lahore Lions, Inshallah this time for Lahore Lions

  • on July 24, 2014, 10:35 GMT

    India dont need 4 teams in the tournament, I would like to see the english teams get a chance to have a feel for these conditions and learn from oppositions to bring that back to England

  • on July 24, 2014, 10:04 GMT

    From Pak which team will play for qualifying round is better team from pak's other domestic teams. Lahore lions teams some player's are representing for Pak international cricket we hope they will perform well.

  • on July 24, 2014, 9:34 GMT

    Now it will be a great contest Lahore Lion is one of the power and experienced team in domestic circuit

  • tambolisamir on July 24, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    why 4 teams from India, they might have included teams from England, Bangladesh !

  • ladycricfan on July 24, 2014, 9:29 GMT

    For the tournament to be viable they need to play more IPL teams. But it should be uniform to the other teams. Some need to qualify and others go straight into the main tournament is not fair. 8 IPL teams + 8 champions from other countries will make the tournament more interesting and fair to all.

  • on July 24, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    No team from England. STRANGE!

  • sanyamjain18 on July 24, 2014, 8:43 GMT

    there shold be uniformity in the no. of teams sendfrom each nation also i don't find england in there

  • CricketFever11 on July 24, 2014, 8:41 GMT

    People fed up with too much of cricket. When one T20 league finishes another one begins. Too much....Too much....

  • kiran.305918 on July 24, 2014, 8:37 GMT

    Another final in Bangalore...that means another high scoring thriller awaits!!

  • sohanpandey578 on July 24, 2014, 8:21 GMT

    It's good that Raipurian are going to have entertainments

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  • sohanpandey578 on July 24, 2014, 8:21 GMT

    It's good that Raipurian are going to have entertainments

  • kiran.305918 on July 24, 2014, 8:37 GMT

    Another final in Bangalore...that means another high scoring thriller awaits!!

  • CricketFever11 on July 24, 2014, 8:41 GMT

    People fed up with too much of cricket. When one T20 league finishes another one begins. Too much....Too much....

  • sanyamjain18 on July 24, 2014, 8:43 GMT

    there shold be uniformity in the no. of teams sendfrom each nation also i don't find england in there

  • on July 24, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    No team from England. STRANGE!

  • ladycricfan on July 24, 2014, 9:29 GMT

    For the tournament to be viable they need to play more IPL teams. But it should be uniform to the other teams. Some need to qualify and others go straight into the main tournament is not fair. 8 IPL teams + 8 champions from other countries will make the tournament more interesting and fair to all.

  • tambolisamir on July 24, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    why 4 teams from India, they might have included teams from England, Bangladesh !

  • on July 24, 2014, 9:34 GMT

    Now it will be a great contest Lahore Lion is one of the power and experienced team in domestic circuit

  • on July 24, 2014, 10:04 GMT

    From Pak which team will play for qualifying round is better team from pak's other domestic teams. Lahore lions teams some player's are representing for Pak international cricket we hope they will perform well.

  • on July 24, 2014, 10:35 GMT

    India dont need 4 teams in the tournament, I would like to see the english teams get a chance to have a feel for these conditions and learn from oppositions to bring that back to England