Champions League T20 2013 April 12, 2013

Champions League returns to India

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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.Bhandari 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.

  • rasiramesh 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.

  • warneneverchuck 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.

  • 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.

  • Dhutugemunu 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.

  • Dhutugemunu 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.

  • 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

  • YS_USA 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.

  • Vivek.Bhandari 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.

  • rasiramesh 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.

  • warneneverchuck 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.

  • 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.

  • Dhutugemunu 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.

  • Dhutugemunu 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.

  • 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

  • YS_USA 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.

  • YS_USA on April 13, 2013, 20:13 GMT

    Chetan007, what investment are you talking about? Did anybbody invest any money? WI and UK refused to join IPL and CL because of time scheduling and they did not want to release their players.

  • on April 13, 2013, 20:01 GMT

    why can't we see this tournament getting arranged in the football champions league way? all the teams from the cricket playing nations get the chance to play for it and the tournament becomes more interesting and competitive, no wonder the IPL teams are really good and big, so I have no problem with that if there are more IPL teams, but the rules should be the same for every league and all the cricket board should contribute equally to run the tournament

  • vildoc on April 13, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    @majeed Champions league is not a Icc tournament. If you really want your teams to play you got to put in the dough. All you want is free rewards.India sponsors 50% of the cost involved.

  • PAKISTANiLive on April 13, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    @Javedgavaskar Check ur spellings first, nobody is dying to play in India! And You don't want any neighbouring teams in champions league ... hahaha .. wow!

  • on April 13, 2013, 17:25 GMT

    What is the meaning of not giving chance to the champion of BPL (Bangladesh Premier League)!!!??? This kind of decision is not acceptable. I think is is injustice to the growth and development of international cricket. Change your decision immediately and give all an equal chance to play competitive cricket.

  • on April 13, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    i feel the format should be like this- Main draw - champions from top 8 nations. and qualfying stage shud see runner-ups of Aus, Rsa, ban, and 3 IPL teams out of which 2 qualify..

  • javedgavaskar on April 13, 2013, 16:45 GMT

    Infact Chamions league committee and we Indian People dont want to see Other neighbouring teams to play Chamions league,but what ever you put conditions they are dieing to play in India

  • Viraj_Asanka on April 13, 2013, 14:50 GMT

    Yes I think not giving BPL champions a chance in the Champions League for 2nd consecutive seasons is very unfair. I think they didnt give them a chance because Dhaka might sneak out some popularity of the IPL teams for this tournament, probably Dhaka have a stong line up like IPL teams if not stronger (i.e Wright, Thomas, Dilshan, Shah, Gayle, Pollard, Stevens, Mendis, Loukrachi, Cobb, Liddle etc.) I also dont find the logic of playing 3rd and 4th place IPL team in the tournament. And you are putting the SLPL champions and Pakistani champions in the qualifier rather than direct entry....I think its time for ECB to form a fair league and play it on a home-away basis.....I am pretty sure our SLC,PCB, WICB, Zimbzbwe cricket and BCB will join it without any doubt...that will be the real champions league...

  • on April 13, 2013, 11:34 GMT

    Champions league T20 is where Indian teams play with the teams from selected part of the world so that they don't get humiliated from so called small teams .To avoid further humiliation they choose to play 4 teams form IPL in the competition so the possibility to win the tournament is at-least twice than other teams from AUS ,SA or other Chosen(!) countries. I don't have any problem with the concept as Champions leagues sponsors are mostly Indian companies so they would definitely want to see more indian teams but the title of the tournament should be changed it should be called "INDIAN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE" .

    When I was a kid My father bought me a new BAT and a BALL , then I made sure to choose those of my friends to play with me who cant give me much of a competition in the field . The whole competition reminds me of my childish behavior. :p

  • Cric_god_Sachin on April 13, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    I agree that its unfair not to include Dhaka team and have 4 IPL teams but I am sure you all have heard - MIGHT IS RIGHT !!!

  • on April 13, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    where is dhaka gladiators

  • on April 13, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    Answer to few Questions, CLt20 was funded and started by BCCI, CA & SA, so these teams are having direct entry and why 3 IPL teams?? because they will bring more sponsors and crowd as well. This is the reason IPL teams has more advantage and other non member teams are just participating without any entry fee so they have to play qualification round. One more info to few ppl that CLT20 is not organised by ICC, its totally private tournament so its governing council decision to call Non member teams.

  • on April 13, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    As the name of the tournament suggest, Champions League. Why should the 3rd place of IPL gain automatic Qualification when the 1st place team of NZ,Pakistan,SL,have to play in the qualifiers, it is very logical to see my Team, Trinidad and Tobago, automatic qualify this year because they are the West Indies Champions. It should have been, the first place teams of IND,PAK, SL, BAN,WI,AUS,NZ,ENG,SA, automatic qualification, and a qualification round between 2nd place teams of IND,SA,ENG,AUS. This way there is ten teams, and then you can pool in two groups accordingly. But with the current standards of choosing automatic qualifiers it is not fair.

  • cyborg89 on April 13, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    Dhaka gladiators should play........

  • on April 13, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    The Name is Champion's League Then only the Champions Should be Playing...Not the Rank2,3 or 4...And y the others have to play the qualifying round and not the teams from IPL SA and Aus???There is no logical and sensible answer for this....Aweful

  • on April 13, 2013, 8:00 GMT

    It is unfair..4 teams from IPL and no teams from BPL......I think the withdrawal of the English teams also due to the unfairness in CPL...When 4 IPL tems play in main draw they put 2 English teams into qualifiers.....

  • on April 13, 2013, 7:34 GMT

    What is going on in Champions League 2013, i didn't see the name of BPL-2013 Champion "Dhaka Gladiators". but i saw the name of SLPL chempion team... That's unfair......and also 4 teams from the IPL..... is this "Indian's League not Champions League!!!!!!" why Indian Cricket team always affried Bangladesh Cricket Team ever....... That's because they always keep away of Bangladesh Cricket Team..... Best of Luck Bangladesh!!!!

  • on April 13, 2013, 6:44 GMT

    You see this year IPL Worst than BPL. BPL is the most attractive tournament this year. but there is no BPL team. 4 IPL team??? how funny!!! There should be 1 team from each country. Not more than 1 from IPL.

  • on April 13, 2013, 5:35 GMT

    hahahahah its so funny to read few comments here saying that BPL is 2nd most popular tournament. Many players wish to play in IPL team rather than playing in some other teams and IPL owners are ready to give money to get the players as well when IPL has star players BPL will have no star players and BPL or SLPL or PPL is started after the success of IPL and they started to earn money nothing else they started for and i am sure they can never come as a most popular tournament in the world and in a few years they will shut it down

  • Rezaul on April 13, 2013, 5:22 GMT

    As I have been reading the comments here, almost all educated (in terms of information) readers disliked having 4 IPL teams in CLT20. It just makes no sense, not cricket wise, not entertainment wise, not global marketing wise. I mean if you guys want to only IPL teams along with your co-organizers SA and Aus to be played then its a different story. But when you call it Champions League then it has to be a global event.

  • Nuruzzaman on April 13, 2013, 5:10 GMT

    This is relay unfair ... icc should invite Dhaka Gladiators to Champions League . Why they not do it ???

  • on April 13, 2013, 4:18 GMT

    how funny the team from the world No.1 T20 side and the WT20 runners up country has to play in qualifiers where as 2 IPL teams play in main round

  • Chetan007 on April 13, 2013, 3:50 GMT

    Many are asking for the teams from all test playing nations. But none of them are ready to invest in Champions league except India, Australia and South Africa. If other test playing nations were given a chance to play from qualifying group what's the problem. Still getting benefits without any investment. Only those test playing nations were given direct entry who were properly investing their money on this Champions league. When it was started, India, Australia and South Africa only agreed to make investment but none other nations even thought they were getting a chance. Those who were asking for teams from their country first ask their boards why don't they were ready for the investment when asked at first place. They just wants profits but not even ready to a single penny investment.

  • on April 13, 2013, 3:42 GMT

    That's really unfair...... 4 teams from the IPL.. 1 from Srilanka & 1 from Pakistan for qualifier but where is Dhaka Gladiators from BPL? I think Dhaka Gladiators is far better than Otago Volts NZ,Faisalabad Wolves , Srilankan and T&T teams ... Also BPL is the second highest popular T20 Tournament .... It shouldn't named Champions League...If you called this tournament as a Champions League then Each country should have equal number of teams in the competition.The champions from each country should be directly qualified to main draw, and the rest of the teams will need to qualify. Shame for ICC i.e. BCCI...

  • KiwiRocker- on April 13, 2013, 2:09 GMT

    This is exactly not a champions league as Faisalabad Wolves on their day can even hammer India's national team rather than IPL teams. No wonder IPL teams always fail in Champions leagues is because they are found out against other country's teams. This is a flawed affair like IPL that needs to be stopped. If you want to call it a champions league then give direct entry to ALL national domestic competition winners from ALL test playing nations and then see how wins....SL and Pakistan along with West Indies are three BEST T20 teams and their teams are not even in main draw...Its non sensical affair!

  • on April 13, 2013, 1:48 GMT

    Finally T&T go directly into group stage! After having beaten all their regional competitors 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013 in the Caribbean T20 competition, it's about time

  • harsimran_27 on April 13, 2013, 1:27 GMT

    That's unfair...... 4 teams from the IPL......... Each country should have equal number of teams in the competition. If there are 9 test playing nations, there should be 18 teams from each country. The champions from each country should be directly qualified to main draw, and the rest of the teams will need to qualify. There should be 14 or 16 teams in main draw and this is how the tournament should be played in my opinion.

  • spartanslaaayers on April 12, 2013, 23:51 GMT

    Trinidad deserved their draw but will their international players playing for their ipl franchise represent them "no" as its contractual obligation unless their franchise team did not make it to the CL. As it is the case with T&T it will be for other teams, england is trying to be be diplomatic but will find themselves behind in the modern form of the game. The CL is not an ICC ran tournament but it's authorised by the the ICC to be a showcase for their t20 world championships which is business and a forward growth of cricket from the known format, however unfair it may seems to other nations the CL should be about quality and one can make reference to footballs club championship european teams get a walk on spot due to the quality of football played and same is truth about IPL teams

  • on April 12, 2013, 23:44 GMT

    Most of the learned readers who commented here do really make sense. Honestly to have a Champions League that covers the entire Cricketing World one needs to primarily consider that T-20 cricket is about "which team plays better on a given day" and "reputation" or "a heavy squad doesn't have a bearing whatsoever. Readers are right in suggesting that we have 2 Teams from the PRIMARY counties who are hosting domestic T-20 competitions like India, Australia, South Africa and West Indies, and then have T-20 winners from Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, NZ followed by QUALIFIERS from Kenya, Scotland, Ireland, Canada, Afghanistan, UAE, USA, etc. though I still feel that Pakistan deserves a 200% chance to be in the main draw as that is actually the oldest home for T-20 Cricket which has been going on there for over 20 years as a "Culture Sport". This will be a most prefect "tournament" style.

  • rogues13 on April 12, 2013, 23:28 GMT

    The reason why there are 4 IPL teams in the competition is very simple, BCCI owns (as in sponsors) more than 50 % of the tournament. It has every right to have more teams as it pays more to make the tournament possible. (and obviously wants to earn more). It is very easy to Criticize or Suggest changes, but think about it and its easy to realize that any board with that kind of investment would want more returns.

  • on April 12, 2013, 23:19 GMT

    I dont know why do u guys hate bcci and ipl so much..... india alone has some hundreds of millions of fans who watch cricket and what is the use if bcci is not entertaining them.... I agree that they support only limited boards in champions league but u guys should also understand that there should be some viewers if their teams are participating in a big leagues.... but still they are allowing others countries players to play in ipl.... so why can't u encourage these type of leagues who is bringing everyone together. ... how often u see players like sachin and ponting batting together against muralitharan.....

  • Shajadul on April 12, 2013, 21:49 GMT

    Where is Dhaka Gladiators???? This tournament is becoming second IPL and shortly people will loose interest. It's now time to use brain. Srilanks No.1 T20 but they need to play qualifier. Same for PAK.

  • SizarBD on April 12, 2013, 21:37 GMT

    @Ashutosh Jha: First of all, they shouldn't decide on persons, but on success. You should understand that if Dhaka Gladiators can bring players like Gayle, Pollard & Afridi for BPL, they can also bring the same or equal strong players for CL. Plus we have our other players like Sakib, Mashrafee and many good players enough to form a good team to beat any team in the CL. You can not underestimate us. Its been BCCI's league, and they always like to underestimate BD cricket. But people know BPL is way better than many leagues. We are a huge population representing our cricket.

  • on April 12, 2013, 20:20 GMT

    It shouldn't named Champions League, by no means its a champions league its just another stunt of BCCI for making money and a means of promoting IPL (very funny, playing 4 IPL teams).

  • cyborg89 on April 12, 2013, 20:00 GMT

    why not dhaka gladiators.......they are great team even without their foreign players.........unfair.

  • uzairamir on April 12, 2013, 19:59 GMT

    for those who are saying dhaka gladiators should be allowed think about it most of the foriegn stars are also present in ipl teams and their home domestic teams so they will probably play for the ipl team for money or their domestic team for country leaving very little firepower left in dhaka

  • haystak on April 12, 2013, 19:45 GMT

    This thing is a big joke,why is the 4th place team from IPL being rewarded what about the 4th place teams in other leagues?

  • BEHOLD_CRIC on April 12, 2013, 19:28 GMT

    It is certainly not a wise deceision to include 4 IPL Teams , My suggestion , all the big cricket nations should have 2 teams and rest 1 each , Bangladesh , Zimbabwe , Afghanistan , Ireland should be in Qulifiqation rounds

  • on April 12, 2013, 19:24 GMT

    This is the joke of the year. Sri Lanka, ICC T20 runners-up and no. 01 ranked team in the world, has to send their team to a qualifier before the main draw while 3 teams from IPL gets to play in the main competition directly. It should be named as the 'Second IPL of the year with some guest teams.'

  • Alexk400 on April 12, 2013, 19:13 GMT

    Its just money making enterprise. Its not olympic. Its more of making IPL team to win so they can make more money. Its a entertainment business. Its not about country or club , its about if more people watches your team , then you will be promted. T&T played well even without their best players mainly because of ganga captaincy

  • rajcan on April 12, 2013, 19:09 GMT

    Is it a way of people getting tired of too much cricket with same teams? IPL is being played for few weeks. Then 4 teams from IPL is being selected and play with other teams. Example, 2 south african teams, 2 australian teams, one srilankan team etc...

    Why 4 IPL teams???. Shouldn't it be a team from Country's local team?.

    I would suggest this, Each Country's cricket board arrange local competition. From that 1st and 2nd placed team from each country play for champion trophy.

  • Rezaul on April 12, 2013, 19:04 GMT

    Is it an Indian league with their chosen foriegn teams? How come they call it Champions league if it is not controlled by ICC the parent body of international cricket. A tournament running by couple of boards should not be termed as "Champion League". ICC must take over the control of this league otherwise scrap their universal window from FTP. Wondering how they were granted window in FTP when ICC does not control this competion and all countries do not participate and despite all 4 IPL teams being eleminated before final, still 4 IPL teams going to participate. Hurrah.. another IPL with an extended version...

  • on April 12, 2013, 19:01 GMT

    Why host the competition in a country? Why not have it home and away affair, and have the competition run in parallel with the leagues.

  • riverlime on April 12, 2013, 18:41 GMT

    Some people are questioning T&T's inclusion. Don't forget that this team includes Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Pollard, Rampaul, Cooper, Narine and Badree, all aof whom are world -class players, and who are playing well in the IPL. T&T also includes Lendl Simmons, Adrian Barath, Denesh Ramdin, and Shannon Gabriel, all of whom are regulars in the senior WI team. Now, if only they are allowed to play with their national team.......

  • warneneverchuck on April 12, 2013, 18:16 GMT

    Good decision it shud be in india only wher u can have more audiance more money. Teams from major test playing nation shid only play

  • SyedAreYouDumb on April 12, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    I think the Caribbean player should play for trinidad because that would be an unstoppable t20 side. But again injustice to the Bangladesh teams.

  • on April 12, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    Posted by bigdhonifan on (April 12, 2013, 16:45 GMT) "Do you know in Champions league football..England, Spain and Germany have 4 teams each.Italy, France and Portugal have 3 each. And teams from Austria, Norway , Finland and Ireland have to play qualifying rounds." Just because another sport does it doesn't make it right, nor does it mean that cricket should follow suit. To think so is flawed logic. If it's a Champions League.. then it should contain champions only... otherwise it isn't what it says it is.

  • DoraemonBangladesh on April 12, 2013, 17:45 GMT

    @bigdhonifan: At least 10 countries have their teams in that. If same for Cricket, then 4 teams from India, South Africa & Australia each. 3 teams from Sri Lanka, Pakistan & England. And teams(s) from West Indies, New Zealand, Bangladesh & Zimbabwe. IF U WANT SAME FOR CRICKET.

    @bored_iam: Teams from India have greater chance of wining CLT20 cuz they have more teams playing in CLT20. So, they have higher chance of winning, whereas No teams from ENG,BAN or ZIM have chance at all!!

  • siddhartha87 on April 12, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    @bored_iam: so BBL should also have 4 teams? their team won twice too.May be 5 cos they had runners ups too . Pls check the overall record of IPL team in CL t20.

  • krishay on April 12, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    It's great to see good sense prevail with T&T after qualifying for the fourth time!! However shouldn't some of the other T20 leagues from other areas get a chance !!??

  • Captainman on April 12, 2013, 17:28 GMT

    @Dhonifan - True in some sense but you're missing the main points! Cricket is no Football. Football is a world sport Cricket isn't :)

  • sha119 on April 12, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    This is a Joke ICC T20 ranked no 1 team Sri Lanka they have to qualify,4 from India its to attract more crowd ,no England,Bangladesh.what is going on India is handling ICC at the moment and they organized tournaments in there favor and destroying cricket at the moment.

  • malik-muhammad-basit on April 12, 2013, 17:26 GMT

    i think champions league stands for champions does 4 teams win ipl ?

  • Stark62 on April 12, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    @ bigdhonifan Did you know Italy used to have four teams representing?!?!

    Italy had to sacrifice one spot because in recent the 4th Italian team, looked like the equivalent of a Turkish team.

    But then again, CL has been around for many years, plus English, Spanish and Italian/German teams have done very well compared to the other countries through out history.

    CLT20 is relatively young, so how do you know teams from Aus, SA and Ind have the best teams?!?!

    Every team should have an equal chance and see, which countries domestic clubs have done the best, then start including one or two more from that particular nation.

  • bored_iam on April 12, 2013, 17:11 GMT

    @bigdhonifan: thank you for pointing that out! My Thoughts exactly!

    @siddhartha87: So far, out of 4 CLT20s, an IPL team has won twice. a 50% record. So that isnt necessarily that bad a record!

  • on April 12, 2013, 17:07 GMT

    pathetic. where is dhaka gladiator? BCCI so funny. why dont bcci allow all teams from IPL?

  • bigdhonifan on April 12, 2013, 16:45 GMT

    Do you know in Champions league football..England, Spain and Germany have 4 teams each.Italy, France and Portugal have 3 each. And teams from Austria, Norway , Finland and Ireland have to play qualifying rounds... So same for CRICKET.

  • TheRisingTeam on April 12, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    This tournament is a joke doesn't even live up to its name. If I was in charge I'd have something like this 16 teams divided into 4 groups of 4 randomly. 3 from India, 2 each from Australia, South Africa and England and one each from Bangladesh, Pakistan, New Zealand, West Indies, Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka and current holders simple as it gets.

  • on April 12, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    how can u omit a team Dhaka Gladiators BPL champion where there are Gayle, Pollard, Dilshan, Luke wrigth, Owais shah, ALfanso thomas, shakib, ashraful, anamul, mashrafi, mosharrf in their squad, n they hv the ability to beat any team in this Champions league T20 tournament

  • Troyd on April 12, 2013, 16:30 GMT

    WHERE IS ZIM etc. Yes they may end up whipping boys initially - but (a) it gives the Zim players great exposure, something they desperately need (b) a whipping in T20 doesnt last long, (c) its little more that gimmicky commercialism if its all the same old IPL faces playing each other again . Give ZIM etc a chance!!!!!!!

  • on April 12, 2013, 16:28 GMT

    This is a joke other teams should be also allowed like bangladesh,scottland Ireland Zimbabwe. its a shame

  • PAKISTANiLive on April 12, 2013, 16:27 GMT

    @stark62 Star-studded Lahore Lions can't even win Super 8 so Misbah's Faisalabad, even doesn't have too many star players, can qualify or even reach semi finals of CLT20..Because they have AJMAL also!

  • NithinSDharan on April 12, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    I am from INDIA and i hate this competition . This should be renamed "BCCI Trophy". What is the motive behind allowing 4 IPL team in this so called Champions trophy?Instead of allowing 4 IPL teams in main event, they should have provide opportunity to Pakistan team, Kiwi team and SL team in groups directly. Request everyone to ignore this tournament.

  • siddhartha87 on April 12, 2013, 16:23 GMT

    Weird really.There is no reason of having 4 IPL teams.Most of the IPL teams were pathetic in the previous editions .ECB has done a good job here by not sending their team.If it is really champions league than there should be 2 teams from IPL,2 from BBL,2 from South Africa,2 from England,2 From Pakistan,2 from West Indies,1 from Sri Lanka,1 from New Zeland,1 from Bangladesh and 1 from Zimbabwe. Do it UEFA style between 16 teams. If they keep on playing 4 IPL teams,then name of the tournament should be changed from "Champions league" to something else.I am pretty sure if CSK fails to finish in top 4,BCCI will make some new rules so that CSK gets there.

  • on April 12, 2013, 16:09 GMT

    . with showing respects to all team how can u omit a team Dhaka Gladiators BPL champion where they have Gayle, Pollard, Dilshan, Luke wrigth, Owais shah, ALfanso thomas, shakib, ashraful, anamul, mashrafi, mosharrf in their squad, n they hv the ability to beat any team in this so called IPL extension Champions league T20 tournament,

  • on April 12, 2013, 15:44 GMT

    this is pathetic . this should be called as ipl+ invited teams instead of champions league. according to me every major country should have two or one team in main draw and the qualifiers places should be alloted tothe clubs of minor nations such as teams from zimbabwe , bangladesh and maybe from ireland , scotland and kenya . winner from the qualifier than joins the top nations team in group stages . if you just see it financially it will take 1 or 2 editions to make profits from the tournament according to the format but if you see it from cricket point of you this format is more suitable for cricket.

  • Keithnkin on April 12, 2013, 15:43 GMT

    I see that Money and interest groups win once again

  • Kapil_Choudhary on April 12, 2013, 15:40 GMT

    I think this is better than last year but it is still not truly a champions league. Would prefer 2 teams each from Aus, SA and Ind with 1 team each from NZ, WI, Pak and SL. No qualifier required. If a 3rd IPL team has to get in for commercial reasons, then just have a 12 team league (possibly with 4 groups at the beginning as opposed to 2) and include a BD team and a 3rd IPL team. But the concept of the 4th ranked IPL team competing with champions from 3 other countries in the qualifiers is just hollow.

  • NALINWIJ on April 12, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    I have a better format that also circumvent India's political problems with SL and Pakistan. 2groups of 6 with one group with 3 indian sides and 3others playing in India another group with SL,PAK and BANG and 3 others playing in SL and BANG.Australia getting 2 teams and one each for others. GP1- I1,I2,I3,AUS2,SA,ENG; GP2-PAK,BANG,SL,AUS1,NZ,WI; PAK and BANG playing their matches in BANG except matches against SL and rest in SL for GP2. 2matches per day with Indian sides getting night matches as well as 3 matches between,SL,BANG and PAK at night. !5 days for round 1 then Semis followed by final.ALL OVER IN 21 days!!

  • on April 12, 2013, 15:25 GMT

    Where is Dhaka Gladiators??????

  • DownThePitch on April 12, 2013, 15:18 GMT

    Number one ranked T20 country's club have to play qualifiers. Its soo pathetic.. this should be called ipl2. Every test playing country should have one entrant only. that is what should be. if you want two teams from india others will also have two. That's what the rules should be. If they follow this it will be true CL. Otherwise it will die within few years after the people(after the intelligent indian population eventually realise) its just a scam to fill their(indian businessmen) pockets.

  • malik-muhammad-basit on April 12, 2013, 15:17 GMT

    didn,t lahore lions won the main event .faisal abad won the super eight ?

  • Stark62 on April 12, 2013, 15:14 GMT

    It's a shame Lahore Lions didn't win the local T20 tournament because they would have at least reached the semi's of the CL!!

  • YS_USA on April 12, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    Nazmus Shakir Akib, These decisions are always made by sponsors with money to spend and Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) of BCCI. But, it is not all about money because money and public interest and viewvership are inter-linked.

  • SyedAreYouDumb on April 12, 2013, 15:09 GMT

    Where are the champions of BPL?

  • Ibrarhunzai on April 12, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    And by the way whats the criteria to qualify directly for the main draw. LAst year IPL 4th team directly qualified for it.

  • Ibrarhunzai on April 12, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    Faisalabad is a weaker team. It will be very difficult for it to qualify for main round. I would have loved to see Lahore lions in the champions trophy.

  • riajul12 on April 12, 2013, 14:53 GMT

    Really shocked by this decesion. Why they are ignoring Dhaka Gladiators and Bangladesh. We have more fan base than some others country who r going to participate + DG is enough strong to beat some of these teams without some key ipl players but they keep ignoring us. shame.

  • on April 12, 2013, 14:45 GMT

    Faislabad dont have big T20 names BUT watch out for them, because they have a brilliant captain in Misbah to lead them.. All the best Misbah and co !!!

  • PAKISTANiLive on April 12, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    It'll be a great contest,,,IPL teams vs Misbah, Ajmal & Co. I'm hoping Faisalabad team will be in Main Event!

  • DoraemonBangladesh on April 12, 2013, 14:16 GMT

    If CLT20 organizers will want equality for all teams, then they should Allow only the Champions from the top 10 team`s domestic T20 League (also Zim, Ban) to get to the main round. And 1 Runner-up team for the Qualifier,in which Runner-up team from all these 10 league will be divided into 2 groups. Top team from both groups will get to the Main Round after Qualifier. Then the matches should not only be in India, but also Spread throughout 10 countries.

  • on April 12, 2013, 14:05 GMT

    This time Pakistani team has a chance to qualify for the main round which will be very interesting to watch. good luck Misbah and co..........

  • Prof_Rishape on April 12, 2013, 13:59 GMT

    Don't understand why some ppl think T&T shouldn't be in the main draw. Our results in the Champions League speaks for itself. Even without our main players, the other players have always stepped up and have made themselves known (and every year more T&T players end up in the IPL).

  • on April 12, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    it ll be nice to see saeed ajmal playing for FW iin india....good luck

  • imsaiarasan23 on April 12, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    It wud be nice to put a few associate countries national teams like nederlands, kenya in the league as well for them to get exposure and possible ipl contracts in future..

  • on April 12, 2013, 13:23 GMT

    3 teams from IPL directly in main draw & 4 out siders teams in qualifying stage is not this strange format ? i think if u are giving chance to any team then give them complete chance to take all the teams in main draw :)

  • Saqib_Sheraz on April 12, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    This is quite injustice, when you see teams like FSD Wolves and Otago Volts in Qualifying round. On the other hand IPL 1, 2, 3 are in main group. If management very keen to bring 3 or 4 IPL teams then put them in qualifying round with Pakistan's 2nd team and English 2nd team. Good Luck team FSD and Misbah

  • on April 12, 2013, 13:03 GMT

    this is the last year Trinidad and Tobago will be allowed to play in the champions league since the CPL will take effect from next season... they should do everything possible to play there strongest side...ANYTHING!!!!!!!!!!

  • on April 12, 2013, 12:59 GMT

    Great to see T&T in the Main Draw. They played great in the CL since its birth and the Fans love them. Entertaining Cricket. Lets hope Narine, Bravo, Rampaul, Cooper, Pollard and Badree all get to put Country first and play for T&T.

  • on April 12, 2013, 12:39 GMT

    I don't know why some people have a problem with T&T being in the main draw. So the argument is that they are nothing without their main players. Need I remind you all that they were runners up a few years ago without their key players. It can be done again. Obviously it would be a plus to have those guys on the side, but what T&T has going for them is raw undiscovered talent, heart and grit. Good luck in the tournament guys.

  • ODI_BestFormOfCricket on April 12, 2013, 12:25 GMT

    Along with TAT, Champions of respective countries such as Faisalabad Wolves, otaga volts, uva next and dhaka gladiators are should be allowed directly to compete in main draw. Allowing Faisalabad Wolves, otaga volts, uva next and dhaka gladiators in main draw enables fairplay among cricketting nations. Overseas players of the qualified teams must be directed to play to their respective franchise. Only winner and runner of ipl 2 be allowed in main draw along with champions of other countries. Runners up of SA, CA, SLPL, BPL and ipl semi finalist shall compete in qualifier.

  • on April 12, 2013, 12:06 GMT

    Great to see T&T in the main draw, but the real focus should be if T&T is allow to use all there members, ie. Bravo, Pollard, Narine, Rampaul, Badree, Cooper,!.......... if not, y place them in the main draw...

  • VipinPK on April 12, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    Bangladesh team also should be given a chance atleast in the qualifiers

  • on April 12, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    @ Rezaul Karim: Out of those players you mentioned do you think pollard, gayle, dilshan, Luke Wright, Owais Shah would play for Gladiators if their IPL teams make it to the Champions League. You got the answers, right?

  • cyborg89 on April 12, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    Its really unfair not to add dhaka gladiators in the tournament........they are one of the strongest even without their foreign players.

  • dfrankz on April 12, 2013, 11:31 GMT

    Finally.... T & T is in the main draw, when they should have been there in 2011 after placing second in 2009. This is not the IPL, 4 IPL teams are just too much, 1st and 2nd place IPL teams only after all this competition is for the WINNERS of their respective leagues around the globe not so???

  • CricketBirbal on April 12, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    OK, The organisers do not want empty stadiums watching matches played by Otago Volts vs Uva Next or Faisalabad Wolves devouring the 2nd team of Sri Lanka. The tournament should make some economic sense too besides entertainment factor. Chris Gayle will certainly play in 4th IPL team rather than for 2nd Sri Lankan or a New Zealand team. After all the Champion League is all about value for money, economic sense and full fledged entertainment and not an International test playing nations tournament. Even in football, only England, Spain,Italy are allowed 4 teams in Champions Trophy and other nations less. So it's very elementary. IT SHOULD MAKE ECONOMIC SENSE.

  • SirViv1973 on April 12, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    @Mazmus Shakib Akib, and anyone else asking where the English teams are, it's because of the scheduling. The CLT20 is starting ealier now which means it clashes with the end of the county season. Therefore rather than cause potential conflict within the county game, the counties have decided not to particpate. If in future the competion is schedulled a bit later then i'm sure the counties would be more than happy to return.

  • ladycricfan on April 12, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    Why T&T are straight into the main draw? Is it because WI are world champions? Champions league format is not settled yet. Every year it has a different look. Hope they find a formula which satisfy most teams and fans. I would like to get rid of the qualifying round.

  • on April 12, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    Why 4 Teams from India? Why not Top 2 teams from India, Australia,England,South Africa, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and 1 team from New Zealand, West Indies and Bangladesh (Total 15). It won't make the competition look country biased as it looks now....Cricket need to have a governing body like UEFA otherwise more stronger cricket boards will always want to have more teams from their countries. There should be no discrimination irrespective of who owns the CLT20.

  • on April 12, 2013, 11:10 GMT

    I think the fifth team for the qualifiers hasn't been selected yet.this is what is implied here in this article.

  • on April 12, 2013, 10:57 GMT

    This should not be the idol tournament for cricket..this is another show down of Indian cricket Board, Indian 4 Teams playing in tournament this is really painful to see such kind of competition. There should have been equal opportunity for each country at least 1 team from each test playing country otherwise tournament name could be changed. All around people loved to watch IPL so why another Indian tournament which cloning of IPL!!!!

  • Dhutugemunu on April 12, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    Aus 2, Ind 2, SA 2 , Eng 2, SL 1, Pak 1, NZ 1, WI 1. If their is space BD 1 and Zim 1.

    @ Santha Kumar; What 3rd and 4th ranked IPL teams doing in Champions league? They are not champions. Who needs 4 teams from Ind? It's not IPL.

  • on April 12, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    why not dhaka gladiators.they have world class player in their team like gayle,dilshan,pollard,alfonso thomas,Luke Wright,Owais Shah,shakib,ashraful,mashrafe. shocked...

  • satishchandar on April 12, 2013, 10:34 GMT

    Put two IPL teams - the 3rd and 4th one in the qualifiers.. Two permanent slots and two optional slots is fine..

  • on April 12, 2013, 10:30 GMT

    Dhaka Gladiators from BPL should have been in the qualifiers for sure.Sad to see their exclusion.

  • on April 12, 2013, 10:15 GMT

    there should be 2 teams from India, South Africa & Australia, One team from Sri Lanka , Bangladesh, Pakistan Zimbabwe that make my choice of champions League, there should be no foreign players allowed in any teams.

  • on April 12, 2013, 10:14 GMT

    Hampshire from England and Dhaka Gladiators from Bangladesh could have added spice in the tournament. Why there are not in? Champions league should include all the champions of different countries and the runner-ups playing the qualifier maybe(that makes sense i thought).. I really don't have any idea who makes all these decisions.. So I better chill... LOL

  • Shiraz29 on April 12, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    This is not the first time a Pakistani team will take part. In the last Champions league the Sialkot Stallions were in the qualifiers as well but failed to go through. Please change the caption of the picture as it is not the first time

  • on April 12, 2013, 9:38 GMT

    Well i dont think faisalabad wolves will participate instead it will be Lahore Lions who won the Main T20 tournament and they are the National Champions.Faisalabad just won super eight and it is not a main T20 tournament of Pakistan Domestic Cricket.

  • K.U.YOGESHWARAMURUGAN on April 12, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    I want india 2, pak 1,wi 1,aus 2, sa 2, eng 2,sl 1, and also from bangladesh. Iam not want 4 ipl teams.

  • on April 12, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    ecb should send atleast the winners of friends life t20 i want dhaka gladiators to be included in this clt20 tournament what is uva next doing here

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  • on April 12, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    ecb should send atleast the winners of friends life t20 i want dhaka gladiators to be included in this clt20 tournament what is uva next doing here

  • K.U.YOGESHWARAMURUGAN on April 12, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    I want india 2, pak 1,wi 1,aus 2, sa 2, eng 2,sl 1, and also from bangladesh. Iam not want 4 ipl teams.

  • on April 12, 2013, 9:38 GMT

    Well i dont think faisalabad wolves will participate instead it will be Lahore Lions who won the Main T20 tournament and they are the National Champions.Faisalabad just won super eight and it is not a main T20 tournament of Pakistan Domestic Cricket.

  • Shiraz29 on April 12, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    This is not the first time a Pakistani team will take part. In the last Champions league the Sialkot Stallions were in the qualifiers as well but failed to go through. Please change the caption of the picture as it is not the first time

  • on April 12, 2013, 10:14 GMT

    Hampshire from England and Dhaka Gladiators from Bangladesh could have added spice in the tournament. Why there are not in? Champions league should include all the champions of different countries and the runner-ups playing the qualifier maybe(that makes sense i thought).. I really don't have any idea who makes all these decisions.. So I better chill... LOL

  • on April 12, 2013, 10:15 GMT

    there should be 2 teams from India, South Africa & Australia, One team from Sri Lanka , Bangladesh, Pakistan Zimbabwe that make my choice of champions League, there should be no foreign players allowed in any teams.

  • on April 12, 2013, 10:30 GMT

    Dhaka Gladiators from BPL should have been in the qualifiers for sure.Sad to see their exclusion.

  • satishchandar on April 12, 2013, 10:34 GMT

    Put two IPL teams - the 3rd and 4th one in the qualifiers.. Two permanent slots and two optional slots is fine..

  • on April 12, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    why not dhaka gladiators.they have world class player in their team like gayle,dilshan,pollard,alfonso thomas,Luke Wright,Owais Shah,shakib,ashraful,mashrafe. shocked...

  • Dhutugemunu on April 12, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    Aus 2, Ind 2, SA 2 , Eng 2, SL 1, Pak 1, NZ 1, WI 1. If their is space BD 1 and Zim 1.

    @ Santha Kumar; What 3rd and 4th ranked IPL teams doing in Champions league? They are not champions. Who needs 4 teams from Ind? It's not IPL.