Champions League Twenty20 2010 June 29, 2010

2010 Champions League T20 to have new format

Cricinfo staff

The 2010 Champions League Twenty20 will see two groups of five teams each competing in a round-robin format, with the top two sides from each group going through to the semi finals.

The set-up is a departure from the 2009 edition, which had four groups of three teams, with the two teams from each group advancing to another league stage which determined the semi-finalists. Despite the change, the tournament features the same number of matches - 23 - as last year. The matches have been evenly distributed across four venues, with each stadium hosting at least five games.

The Mumbai Indians open the event on September 10th against the South African side Lions at the Wanderers in Johannesburg, which also hosts the final on September 26. Mumbai and Lions are part of Group B, along with South Australia, Royal Challengers Bangalore and a team from the West Indies that will be determined in late July.

The teams drawn in Group A are the 2010 IPL champions Chennai Super Kings, Australia's Big Bash champions Victoria, South Africa's Pro Series champions Warriors, which is a combination of the Eastern Province and Border first-class teams, as well as Sri Lanka's Wayamba, which represents the North Western Province, and New Zealand's Central Districts.

The 2009 champions, the New South Wales Blues, did not qualify for the 2010 Champions League.

There are a number of players who are eligible to play for two teams: Jacques Kallis (Warriors, Bangalore), Mark Boucher (Warriors, Bangalore), Makhaya Ntini (Warriors, Chennai ), Kieron Pollard (South Australia, Mumbai), Dwayne Bravo (Victoria, Mumbai) and Cameron White (Victorian, Bangalore).

New Zealand's Ross Taylor is the first player to qualify with three teams - his home province Central Districts, and 'away' teams Victoria and Bangalore. Bravo and Kieron Pollard could join Taylor if T&T emerge as champions of West Indies' domestic Twenty20 competition.

If a player chooses to play for an 'away' team rather than his 'home' team (the team from the country he is eligible to represent in international cricket), the 'away' team must pay US$200,000 compensation to the 'home' team. No compensation is payable to an 'away' team if a player chooses to play for his 'home' team.

That being the case, South Australia are already resigned to losing Pollard and are waiting to learn whether Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi will be available. Pollard and Afridi were key components in the Redbacks qualifying for the lucrative Twenty20 event, but they were not part of the state's 20-man preliminary squad for the tournament.

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  • Dummy4 on July 1, 2010, 12:33 GMT

    Which cricket body organises Champions League Twenty20 2010 ??? ICC , BCCI, IPL

  • Sarith on June 30, 2010, 15:01 GMT

    @ chaithan....the statement you made " I only watch it because it is a major tournament and I want my country to do well" exactly why T20 WC matters the most !!!

  • Dummy4 on June 30, 2010, 12:52 GMT

    Players should be contracted to a single team like football. This picking stuff is nonsense.

  • Girik on June 30, 2010, 10:43 GMT

    I think international cricket between states/counties/clubs can work in other forms of cricket too. A First-class "Ashes" between the winner of the Sheffield Shield and the County Cup can be commercially successful. Only problem is that a NSW or Victoria is much stronger than a Yorkshire or Middlesex. This probably means the First-class Ashes will always to be in England to make the match competitive.

    When bilateral ties resume, 50 over cricket between the best in India and Pakistan (eg. Mumbai vs Sialkot) can be very enticing. Other domestic teams from other countries get in on the act too. Proper marketing and these tournaments & series will succeed. One strong reason why the IPL is successful is in addition to the international stars (which may or may not be there in the above suggestions) the teams you see playing are refreshing. In soccer, the international teams hardly play each other hence the excitement for the World Cup. International cricket OTOH can be overdone, even Tests.

  • Dummy4 on June 30, 2010, 10:10 GMT

    Go VICTORIA BUSHRANGERS - wait a sec, wat am i on about ??? i'm an Indian who has alwayz been against Aus in cricket... well y am i supportin them then? coz despite having a gr8 spirit, they arent arrogant... i have s oft corner in my heart 4 people lyk White, Hussey...

  • Dummy4 on June 30, 2010, 9:32 GMT

    @Avradeep and all IPL bashers. IPL is the greatest thing happened to Indian and world cricket. Why are you said if more cricketers are making money and getting fame? Cricket is changing and so do we have to change with time. No boday complains of club football of more importance in Football but yeah we are still stuck in old times of cricket. Mind you T20 needs another set of skills than Test. You cant compare . So even yousuf pathan if he proves himself for long in T20 will be regarded same as Laxman or Ganguly. There are many who would be as happy to see their team win in IPL or CL as India in WC T20. Common accept these facts.. Also If IPL is harmful to Indians then why not for England? But colligwood , Peterson praised IPL fpor their T20 WC win.(if u know) . About Injuries.. They can happen anytimes. If Ballack is Injured because of playing in EPL . Are germans complaining? If IPL would not have existed . India would have played some Bi-Series.Who knows chances of injury there?

  • sachit on June 30, 2010, 8:32 GMT

    crowd attendance will be better as it is played in S.A - we saw the support for Indian teams during ipl2009 same support plus support for the S.A teams means better attendance

  • SEKHAR on June 30, 2010, 7:32 GMT

    Comparison of other domestic teams with the IPL teams is absurd,IMO.The IPL teams are actually CLUBS where ,for example,a player like Dinesh Karthik from Chennai plays for Delhi Daredevils instead of the Chennai Super Kings.Other domestic teams are not clubs but STATES.A team like Victoria Bushrangers consists of players like White,Hodge and McDonald who were born and brought up in Victoria.There are also those like David Hussey who live Melbourne.These State teams have stuck together for more than five years and have played first-class,List A and T20 competitions. Hence the gelling quotient is higher than that in club teams like IPL.In the IPL,Virat Kohli and Kevin Pietersen partying together was termed as gelling,good chemistry etc by a crappy writer who wrote Kingfisher sponsored articles in Times of India.All such nonsensical theories will be put to rest by the STATES in the CL T20. Though I support Chennai,I have a soft corner for the ever consistent Bushrangers.

  • hayden on June 30, 2010, 2:28 GMT

    i really hope south australia dont disgrace the high esteam in which australia's domestic comps are rated overseas! this team is the only team in australia that dont play like a typical australian team infact i would draw comparrisons with the pakistan national team and the redbacks, they loose games from winnable positions and when they play bad, boy they really play bad! actually thats probably being harsh on the pakistanis, pakistan have actually won silver wear in the last couple of years. south aust. havent in well over a decade! having said that the prospect of tait bowling on nice green early season south african wickets is going to make good viewing! could well be a series for the bowlers!

  • Mohammad on June 30, 2010, 2:18 GMT

    @ Avradeep: Totally agree with you buddy.

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