Governing council unveils CLT20 venues
The Champions League Twenty20 governing council has named the venues for the second edition of the tournament to be held this year in South Africa. The Wanderers stadium in Johannesburg, St. Georges Park in Port Elizabeth, Kingsmead in Durban and Centurion Park in Centurion will host the competition that will feature ten of the top domestic Twenty20 teams, from September 10 to 26.
"South Africa is widely regarded as a top international host nation, having successfully hosted most major international cricket events in recent years," said Shashank Manohar, the league chairman. "The Governing Council is satisfied with the four venues that Cricket South Africa have recommended. We are excited about the future of CLT20, and call on the South African public to come out and support the second edition of this tournament, which features the best of the best."
Gerald Majola, the CEO of CSA, was pleased with South Africa getting the opportunity to host another major sporting event. "CSA is proud to be hosting CLT20 in what is an iconic year for South Africa with the soccer World Cup currently being hosted here. We are encouraged by the eagerness of the four host venues to make this tournament a success.
"CLT20 has already picked the interest of South African fans, especially with the Lions and Warriors (South African teams participating in the tournament) having qualified for this prestigious event. We are confident of hosting a successful CLT20."
Following the the 2003 one-day World Cup, South Africa have been one of the favourite destinations for multi-team cricketing tournaments, including the inaugural World Twenty20 in 2007, the second edition of the Indian Premier League and the Champions Trophy in 2009.
The inaugural Champions League was held in India last year, with New South Wales beating Trinidad & Tobago to win the event that was contested by 12 teams. This year's event will feature ten teams, nine of which have already qualified. The tenth spot will be taken by a representative from the West Indies following the Caribbean Twenty20 tournament in end July. The CLT20 2010 will feature 23 matches, with the tournament format and match schedule to be decided at the next governing council meeting on June 28 in Singapore.
Teams contesting Champions League T20 2010:
From India - Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore
From Australia - Victorian Bushrangers and South Australian Redbacks
From South Africa - Warriors and Highveld Lions
From New Zealand - Central Stags
From Sri Lanka - Wayamba Elevens
From the West Indies - TBC