Champions League Twenty20 2010 June 29, 2010

2010 Champions League T20 to have new format

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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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  • on July 1, 2010, 12:33 GMT

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

  • Nookie_lk 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"...is exactly why T20 WC matters the most !!!

  • on June 30, 2010, 12:52 GMT

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

  • Gizza 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.

  • 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...

  • 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?

  • 9ST9 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_S 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.

  • redneck 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!

  • cefur on June 30, 2010, 2:18 GMT

    @ Avradeep: Totally agree with you buddy.

  • on July 1, 2010, 12:33 GMT

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

  • Nookie_lk 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"...is exactly why T20 WC matters the most !!!

  • on June 30, 2010, 12:52 GMT

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

  • Gizza 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.

  • 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...

  • 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?

  • 9ST9 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_S 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.

  • redneck 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!

  • cefur on June 30, 2010, 2:18 GMT

    @ Avradeep: Totally agree with you buddy.

  • svats82 on June 30, 2010, 1:51 GMT

    @ avradeep.Nice observation.I do not deny the harm IPL has caused to indian cricket.Would that mean india lifts WC2011 , IPL would turn holy?.I believe, test cricket and T20's are mutually exclusive, i do not expect to see a classy laxman playing off his hips in IPL.I would rather expect a yusuf pathan thrashing ajantha mendis, entertain myself in the process acknowledging the fact that thtz how IPL is designed.Indian pacers have always been one season performers barring a couple of em.Ravindra jadeja wasnt picked out of IPL, he was possibly the only youngster who could be groomed into an allrounder.Sad, hez proving to be ordinary.Injuries, indian cricketers are always prone to injuries, fitness levels are alarming low.You dont expect them stay at home for 3 months before a WC, eat n sleep and not train.Do you?

  • Gizza on June 30, 2010, 1:11 GMT

    Can't wait! As usual there are a few dissenters but they won't stop enjoy everyone else from enjoying the Champions League! @Rajan, domestic T20's around the entire world have been proven to be popular, with or without international stars. @Springonion, the only real differences with the cricket and soccer CL's are that players represent more than one team and that's it is T20. Another difference is that one country hosts the league as opposed to playing on a home-away basis but I don't see that as a problem or a characteristic that makes it worse.

    The crowds should be better this time because the FIFA World Cup would have left the South Africans cricket-hungry and they turned up to watch IPL II, where every team was a neutral team.

  • soajay on June 29, 2010, 22:00 GMT

    @Avradeep.. Your statement is equally supported by one of the IPL franchise owners in the recently concluded IPL meeting, where he or she said, "IPL is not cricket, but Commerce"..

    On a personal note, I support DD in the IPL and just to avoid the tournament being an overdose, I follow on DD matches. Talking about CL20, the concept is good, but cricket crazy fans are waiting for a true Champion test team...

  • Avradeep on June 29, 2010, 18:35 GMT

    @Arpan - we dont read it, at least i did'nt, but opened the article to comment on it, its the most pertinent place for a common man to express relevant comments.

    @svats82 - i do not approve any form of cricket that proves that an yousuf pathan is more valuable tha a Sachin, or a Rahul Dravid or Laxman is despensible for the likes of vanugopal rao. Sorry to say - i support n IPL team. I feel it does enough harm for indian cricket. Examples- 2 consecutive IPLs - sehwag injures himself before 2 world cups and champions trophy, Selection biased towards performances in IPL of which none selected from IPL performances alone have yeilded good results, young players happy being bits and pieces cricketers - ravindra jadeja a prime example, indian fast bolwlers being psychologically battered for 14 consecutive matches in placcid tracks. Just think - from when have the likes of RP, Ishant, Sree gone down? last 3 years? And from when has IPL started?Is it Only a co-incidence?? I dont think so

  • Rara_Avis on June 29, 2010, 17:39 GMT

    Once Sachin retires from Cricket (in all forms) [not so easy]; but it will happen.. may be in 2040*..conditions apply..Due to ill age..or all runs record broken..People surely going away from the mirage created by low thinking men about Tendulkar..And then at that time they will think about the unnecessary fan oriented approaches to a player.. That will be the beginning of a fresh new era..And no boundary between countries; no problems of become fans relations etc..will move up the game to a new peak level..

  • Vikram_Rathore on June 29, 2010, 16:07 GMT

    I only hope there is a better spectator turnout this time around...

  • on June 29, 2010, 15:01 GMT

    this tournament is a load of garbage, a champions league cant be done with T20 simply because, as proven last year, nobody gives a crap because its poorly promoted, poorly televised, poorly PLAYED and it also comes down to one basic fact - with cricket, if its domestic or county level teams, no matter which big stars you have in teams, no one will care

  • RahulBhaskaranpinarayi on June 29, 2010, 14:42 GMT

    tendulker takes away from most of the onday matches of india. he have to take rest during champion league. because the wc is comming back if he injures it will effect the wc.tendulker plyed only aginst sa in this year (bangladesh is not a proper test team). he have to play more and avoid plying t20. give chance juner player for mumbai indians ....

  • Jose_Cyriac on June 29, 2010, 14:36 GMT

    I dont think South Australia will make it to the Semi Finals. Their batting is not strong. Cosgrove is now with Tasmania and Pollard will play for either T&T or MI.

  • CBJ. on June 29, 2010, 14:29 GMT

    At least the standard of cricket in this is better than the IPL which is without doubt the worst fielding spectacle where international players regularly play, and we won't have to see 3-4 'fill-in' Indian players totally out of their depth in every team.

    It's a pity people get sucked in by the hype of the IPL and don't see it for the farce that it is.

  • svats82 on June 29, 2010, 14:02 GMT

    @avradeep. Yes, folks who have been following IPL and fan base of the teams that made it to the champions league.Yours, i believe must be a case where the team you rooted didnt make it to the champions league or you don like this flavor of cricket by itself .btw i still love test cricket n i embrace wht T20 has to offer.Overdose, yes but pick the games you wanna see.

  • Jim1207 on June 29, 2010, 13:55 GMT

    We cannot say which team a player should play for. Home team being his own country does not mean that he should not play for an away team. I dont accept the opinion that it's a disgrace. Whether champions league happens in the player's home country or not, he should be playing for a club where he wants or gets a good pay. After all, its club matches and should not be attributed to player's loyalty to his country. It's purely a matter of his liking and decision and I do not think anyone can comment on player's decision to play for one particular club against his own 'home' club.

  • nikki253 on June 29, 2010, 13:52 GMT

    Mr Nookie_lk, i think u dont see IPL ,it is the best ..........

  • Xahir on June 29, 2010, 13:44 GMT

    This is certainly the MOST boring tournament one has to experience in Cricket Calender and certainly I really don't know why Cricinfo give so much damn about it!

  • chaithan on June 29, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    I cant understand why people who supposedly do not care about the CL are bothering to comment on this page. If I was in their shoes I would not even have opened this article(that is what I do with every international T20 match apart from the WC). @Nookie: The T20 WC is interesting???!!! Its quality is almost as bad as the IPL. I only watch it because it is a major tournament and I want my country to do well(however hopeless they appear).

  • skarthikeyan85 on June 29, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    The boycott of the English teams has turned out to be a blessing in disguise. That has given the tournament a much better format, with less chances of dead rubbers.

  • hermithead on June 29, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    I love the Champions League. I think its a great concept and I hope it sticks around. Cricket people just dont get innovation straight away...why is that? Give it time just like One dayers, just like 6 ball overs, just like power plays, just like T20 and after a while you will enjoy it. And its just another opportunity to see top class players on the world stage so who can argue with that :-)

  • chaithan on June 29, 2010, 13:09 GMT

    @suhail: that's stupid. In the first CL everybody played for their home teams when they had a choice. @senthil: South African teams won't make the semis when the CL is in SA??!! No way!! Last time, one team made it. In fact, I think it is the IPL teams which will not make it. Last time, even with home advantage and favourable schedules they couldn't make it. And you can never discount T&T's chances if they qualify. They were the surprise package of the previous tournament. And on South African pitches, RCB would be crazy not to play Dravid.

  • on June 29, 2010, 13:08 GMT

    i think that thissara perera also is part of both chennai and wayaba sides....

  • on June 29, 2010, 12:48 GMT

    IPL is afaid of the inclusion of Sialkot Stallions because they are fully aware that they will bash all the teams and will take the title, which they don't want.

  • on June 29, 2010, 12:42 GMT

    2010 Champions league....

  • on June 29, 2010, 12:42 GMT

    why are people reading this article if they r not interested?? lol at them .. Avradeep, Nookie_lk, springonion

  • A.Afridi on June 29, 2010, 12:39 GMT

    Can any body in the world explain it to me Why no teams were included from the counrty who runner up in the first edition,cganpion in th second and semifinalist in the 3rd ICC T20... Yes am talking about Pakistan? Dont you guys agree that sports should be polictics free ?......It is polictics that spoiling the Sports now..

  • on June 29, 2010, 12:39 GMT

    They should have stuck to the previous format of 12 teams. This format is what makes the Champions League work. The additional two teams will be Deccan Chargers, non-qualifying IPL semi-finalist, and, New South Wales the defending champions.

    This format will be very useful for IPL Season 4.

    The main drwaback of the IPL is that with more matches player workload will increase, which is not good for the game of cricket.

  • on June 29, 2010, 12:32 GMT

    if u r a twenty 20 fan then u must like champions league......

  • fusionsun on June 29, 2010, 12:17 GMT

    Yet another senseless tournment, and even more disgusting advertisements. Commentators becoming brand ambassadors for every sponsorer. Every camerman is worried about the banner and dancing girls rather than three elements of the game - bowling batting and fielding.

    Anybody watched recent Asia cup?Actually you must have watched Man of the series cars, bikes and mobile phones rather than cricket. Disugusting.

  • Gopalakrishna on June 29, 2010, 12:13 GMT

    According to me CLT20 is the only tournament in the world which will show case the winners/runners of T20 Championsship in each country. It is a very good tournament. We can see many circketers in action, that too with good action, which we were never heard otherwise. To cite an example, the younger Ganga and Kenneth Poilard of West Indies - Gopal from Bangalore

  • Nookie_lk on June 29, 2010, 11:57 GMT

    the only Twenty20 tournament which is interesting is the T20 World cup. Everything else doesn't matter. who cares

  • Suhail_Pallavaram on June 29, 2010, 11:38 GMT

    Most of the players will only play for Their IPL TEAMS.

  • Avradeep on June 29, 2010, 11:20 GMT

    Does anybody in the world other than the club and franchisee owners, care about what happens in the Chanpions league? I certainly dont, and neither does any of my ardent cricket crazy friends.

    There has been enough of that nonsense payjama cricket stuff. 2 months of IPL and world t20 has already been an overdose.

    Make money and do hell with the future of cricket, has been the mantra for the past 3 years. And i strongly feel, that i am not the only soul in the world who feel this way.

  • springonion on June 29, 2010, 11:01 GMT

    Who cares - it's a nothing tournament anyway. It has none of the elements that makes the UEFA Champions League successful.

  • on June 29, 2010, 10:53 GMT

    The four teams for Semi will be Victoria, CSK, MI and South Australia. SA teams have home advantage but still they won't qualify for Semis

  • CricEshwar on June 29, 2010, 10:42 GMT

    They should play wherever they are most comfortable and where they have contributed most for the team to be in the position where it is and they have to see it through to the finish.

  • Sekhar_S on June 29, 2010, 10:28 GMT

    You missed Thissara Perera who has dual commitments in Chennai and Wayamba. Ntini will definitely turn up for Warriors given his exclusion from Chennai's scheme of things. Same case with White who has a greater responsibility with Victoria (he is the captain). The excitement of playing with Tendulkar might prompt Pollard and Bravo to turn up for Mumbai,unless T&T qualify from West Indies.Ross Taylor might just turn up for Central Districts. I am rooting for the Bushrangers and Chennai to make the final with the latter winning it.

  • Dazzling_Devil on June 29, 2010, 10:18 GMT

    Agreed with GemsBond. As far as the south africans are concerned, it will look so stupid if Boucher, Kallis & Ntini played for away teams when the tournament itself is held in South Africa. The fans will boo them the way KP was treated in 2005.

  • hemant.pande on June 29, 2010, 9:28 GMT

    I agree to GemsBond

  • nataraajds on June 29, 2010, 9:21 GMT

    please don't disturb senior players from respective countries and give opportunity for young ones and let them prove how good they are & demand a place in national team.

  • GemsBond on June 29, 2010, 8:44 GMT

    Players should play for their home teams ie their first duty

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  • GemsBond on June 29, 2010, 8:44 GMT

    Players should play for their home teams ie their first duty

  • nataraajds on June 29, 2010, 9:21 GMT

    please don't disturb senior players from respective countries and give opportunity for young ones and let them prove how good they are & demand a place in national team.

  • hemant.pande on June 29, 2010, 9:28 GMT

    I agree to GemsBond

  • Dazzling_Devil on June 29, 2010, 10:18 GMT

    Agreed with GemsBond. As far as the south africans are concerned, it will look so stupid if Boucher, Kallis & Ntini played for away teams when the tournament itself is held in South Africa. The fans will boo them the way KP was treated in 2005.

  • Sekhar_S on June 29, 2010, 10:28 GMT

    You missed Thissara Perera who has dual commitments in Chennai and Wayamba. Ntini will definitely turn up for Warriors given his exclusion from Chennai's scheme of things. Same case with White who has a greater responsibility with Victoria (he is the captain). The excitement of playing with Tendulkar might prompt Pollard and Bravo to turn up for Mumbai,unless T&T qualify from West Indies.Ross Taylor might just turn up for Central Districts. I am rooting for the Bushrangers and Chennai to make the final with the latter winning it.

  • CricEshwar on June 29, 2010, 10:42 GMT

    They should play wherever they are most comfortable and where they have contributed most for the team to be in the position where it is and they have to see it through to the finish.

  • on June 29, 2010, 10:53 GMT

    The four teams for Semi will be Victoria, CSK, MI and South Australia. SA teams have home advantage but still they won't qualify for Semis

  • springonion on June 29, 2010, 11:01 GMT

    Who cares - it's a nothing tournament anyway. It has none of the elements that makes the UEFA Champions League successful.

  • Avradeep on June 29, 2010, 11:20 GMT

    Does anybody in the world other than the club and franchisee owners, care about what happens in the Chanpions league? I certainly dont, and neither does any of my ardent cricket crazy friends.

    There has been enough of that nonsense payjama cricket stuff. 2 months of IPL and world t20 has already been an overdose.

    Make money and do hell with the future of cricket, has been the mantra for the past 3 years. And i strongly feel, that i am not the only soul in the world who feel this way.

  • Suhail_Pallavaram on June 29, 2010, 11:38 GMT

    Most of the players will only play for Their IPL TEAMS.