CLT20 2014 July 24, 2014

Bangalore to host CLT20 final


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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  • Dummy4 on July 26, 2014, 12:12 GMT

    Interesting to see how Lahore lions goes. best of luck

  • Shridharan 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 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 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....

  • Dummy on July 25, 2014, 8:17 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 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?

  • Dummy4 on July 25, 2014, 6:48 GMT

    Best of luck Lahore Lions

  • Dummy4 on July 25, 2014, 5:48 GMT

    MI & Lahore Lions will qualify for next stage

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Ant 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

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