Champions League T20 2013 April 12, 2013

Champions League returns to India

ESPNcricinfo staff

The Champions League T20 2013 will be held in India from September 17 to October 6 and there will be no team from England in the tournament. The West Indian champions, who had to play Qualifiers in the last two editions, will feature in the main draw.

The schedule, announced on Friday, has ten teams split in two groups, with the top two in each group making the semi-finals. Eight teams have been seeded directly into the main competition and will be joined by two of the four qualifiers.

One of those qualifiers is the Pakistan side Faisalabad Wolves, who recently won the Faysal Bank Super Eight T20 Cup; their participation in the tournament will be interesting given the fragile diplomatic and sporting ties between India and Pakistan.

Trinidad & Tobago find a place in the main draw, after sustained public pressure following strong performances in previous seasons. They had finished runners-up in the inaugural edition in 2009, but had to play the qualifying round in 2011 and 2012.

The ECB's announcement that no teams from England will take part in this year's competition has opened up slots for other domestic teams.

Group A: IPL 1st ranked team (India), Highveld Lions (South Africa), Perth Scorchers (Australia), IPL 3rd ranked team (India), Q1 (Qualifier)

Group B: IPL 2nd ranked team (India), Titans (South Africa), Brisbane Heat (Australia), Trinidad & Tobago (West Indies), Q2 (Qualifier)

Qualifier: IPL 4th ranked team (India), Otago Volts (New Zealand), Sri Lanka qualifier, Faisalabad Wolves (Pakistan)

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  • Vivek on April 15, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    Better do this: have 6 teams from India, 4-4 from Australia and SA, 3-3 from Eng, NZ, SL, and WI; and couple from Pak, Zim, and BD. And have a 4 month short tournament.

  • Ramesh on April 15, 2013, 10:40 GMT

    The below IPL teams has the T&T players:

    CSK Dwayne Bravo MI Kieron Pollard RR Samuel Badree, Kevon Cooper KKR Sunil Narine RCB Ravi Rampaul

    If any 4 teams from this qualify and if the players chose to play for IPL franchise. Then T&T will get an real hammering in the group stage without their core strength.

    I also see many people commenting about Dhaka Gladiators exclusion.

    RCB - Chris Gayle & T Dilshan MI - Pollard PW - Luke Wright, Ajantha Mendis, Alfonso Thomas RR - Owais Shah KKR - Shakib Al Hasan

    If any 4 teams out of the 5 above qualify for CLT20, they will obviously play for IPL teams and even Shakib can also skip his home team and play for KKR.

    Think of your team without the above players, you will get a severe hammering if you have participated in 2013 CLT20. Be happy that you were not selected for CLT20.

    So Bangladeshi fans don't be sad of exclusion, ur national team Bangladesh is doing better at international level, so support your nation. Don't bother about CLT20.

  • Rezaul on April 14, 2013, 20:40 GMT

    @Dhutugemunu, I dont think any BD fans have reservation of having a SL team in CLT20. From my understanding, if the tournament is a privately owned event by three boards then how come you name that as Champions League. Secondly the funny thing is IPL teams performance in this event so far is not good enough to have 3 teams but they have 4 teams there. I wont mind if Aus/SA has 3 teams each and 2 IPL, 2 WI teams which would make it more reasonable even for a privately owned event. It just does not make any sense to have 4 IPL teams which eventually makes audience get bored.

  • Rahul on April 14, 2013, 18:41 GMT

    Its BCCI tournament and they will decide no. Of IPL teams whether its 4 or 8. I think others just stay away

  • Rezaul on April 14, 2013, 16:37 GMT

    @YS_USA, I have complaint if BCCI, CA, SA want to arrange a picnic style own T20 league. But I object when they call it Champions League T20 and then restricting other teams from participating their and giving undue advantage by putting 4 teams from country. More funny thing is SL is currently ranked #1 in T20 and their only team gets a qualifier, none of the IPL teams were at final in last CLT20 competition yet they get 4 IPL teams this year.

  • Dummy4 on April 14, 2013, 7:26 GMT

    For me real fighter teams are from South Africa, Australia and T&T as they play with their own players. If Indians have to play with their own players(Not Foreignors); they can,t even qualify for the tournament.

  • Amila on April 14, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    There is no big deal in playing more teams from Ind, Aus and SA, since the CLT is jointly owned by the BCCI, Cricket Australia and Cricket South Africa. If you look at Wikipedia you can find following statement. "The current format involves the best teams from the premier Twenty20 competitions of the top-eight Test-playing nations, favoring the teams from India, Australia and South Africa." Key word is TOP 8 TEST playing teams. BD is the #9. So they are not invited for the CLT. This is not ICC organized event. BCCI, CA and CSA will decide who are going to play in CLT and who are not.

  • Amila on April 14, 2013, 6:23 GMT

    It's interesting that BD fans making complaints, that there is a Team from SL but not from BD. Guys in each of the Champions league, there was a SL team (Wayamba 2009, 2010, Ruhuna 2011 and Uva Next 2012). Nothing to be surprised.

  • Dummy4 on April 13, 2013, 20:22 GMT

    LOL to all the haters! Dhaka will not be the same Dhaka if you take out all the big players from it, you can do this simple math if you are smart enough that if Mumbai Indians and all the big IPL teams call those players to play for their team, what will happen to Dhaka! but yes, Dhaka should be given a chance

  • YOGENDRA on April 13, 2013, 20:17 GMT

    Rezaul, CL is between 3 counties only, India, Aussies and SA. Teams from all other countries are invited guests.

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