Champions League 2010 July 21, 2010

Flintoff named in Chennai's preliminary squad

Cricinfo staff

Andrew Flintoff has been named in Chennai Super Kings' squad for the 2010 Champions League even though he has yet to make his return from the knee injury which has kept him out of action since last year's Ashes series.

Flintoff is currently working towards a return to domestic cricket with Lancashire, but is still at least a couple of weeks away from first-team action where he hopes to play purely as batsman. He aims to be able to bowl next month and has admitted he will only know how his body will stand up once he gets the ball in hand.

He signed for Chennai in 2009 for a record $1.55m, making him the most expensive player alongside Kevin Pietersen, but he played only three matches before returning home injured having made 62 runs and taken two expensive wickets. His post-Ashes knee surgery then ruled him out of this year's edition of the tournament.

Flintoff still harbours ambitions of forcing his way back into the England one-day line-up and is also considering options to play in Twenty20 leagues around the world. However, although the signs are promising for a return to action he is remaining realistic.

"It's been a long road with the rehab since then but I'm hoping to play again in the next few weeks," he told Sky Sports News. "I'm back in the nets at Lancashire and from nowhere I've found the ability to bat again which is encouraging, I'm hitting the ball.

"I'm going to have to play in second team first and force my way back into the first team but with the way I'm batting, I'm hoping to do that with the bat initially and then pick up the bowling from there."

Eight of the nine confirmed teams for the 2010 Champions League have now announced their preliminary squads for the tournament to be held in South Africa between September 10-26. Wayamba, the representatives from Sri Lanka, have yet to name their provisional party. The tenth team in the tournament will be the winner of the Caribbean T20 which ends on July 30. All teams have until August 9 to declare their final squads of 15.

Squads of 20

Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni, S Badrinath, M Vijay, Suresh Raina, Parthiv Patel (wk), R Ashwin, Shadab Jakati, Sudeep Tyagi, S Anirudha, L Balaji, Muttiah Muralitharan, Michael Hussey, Albie Morkel, Thilan Thushara, Thissara Perera, Doug Bollinger, Matthew Hayden, Andrew Flintoff, Joginder Sharma, Abhinav Mukund

Mumbai Indians: Sachin Tendulkar, Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Saurabh Tiwary, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, R Sathish, Ali Murtaza, Dhawal Kulkarni, Abhishek Nayar, Abu Nechim Ahmed, Ajinkya Rahane, Kieran Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, Sushant Marathe, JP Duminy, Lasith Malinga, Dilhara Fernando, Ryan McLaren, Luke Ronchi

Central Districts: Adam Milne, Ben Wheeler, Bevan Griggs, Bevan Small, Brad Patton, Brendon Diamanti, Dane Cleaver, Doug Bracewell, George Worker, Jacob Oram, Jamie How, Jeremy Kuru, Kieran Noema-Barnett, Mathew Sinclair, Michael Mason, Mitchell McLeneghan, Peter Ingram, Ross Taylor, Seth Rance, Tim Weston

Highveld Lions: Alviro Peterson, Thami Tsolekile, Craig Alexander, Shane Burger, Richard Cameron, Themba Bavuma, Werner Coetsee, Stephen Cook, Cliffie Deacon, Zander de Bruyn, Robert Frylinck, Pumelala Matchikew, Andre Nel, Neil McKenzie, Aaron Phangiso, Ethan O'Reilly, Jean Symes, Dane Vilas, Jonathan Vandiar, Vaughn van Jaarsveld

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Anil Kumble, Rahul Dravid, Robin Uthappa, Manish Pandey, Praveen Kumar, Vinay Kumar, Virat Kohli, Cameron White, Ross Taylor, Dale Steyn, Jacques Kallis, Dillon Du Preez, Steven Smith, Akhil Balachandra, Abhimanyu Mithun, Nayan Doshi, Pankaj Singh, Sridharan Sriram, Udit Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar

South Australian Redbacks: Cullen Bailey, James Smith, Daniel Harris, Graham Manou, Daniel Christian, Gary Putland, Peter George, Callum Ferguson, Michael Klinger, Kane Richardson, Michael Cranmer, Jake Haberfield, Tim Ludeman, Shaun Tait, Tom Cooper, Chris Duval, Cameron Borgas, Aaron O'Brien, Daniel Cullen, Joel Davies

Victorian Bushrangers: Dwayne Bravo, Ryan Carters, Aaron Finch, Shane Harwood, John Hastings, Bradley Hodge, Jon Holland, David Hussey, Andrew McDonald, Bryce McGain, Clinton McKay, Glenn Maxwell, Dirk Nannes, Darren Pattinson, James Pattinson, Robert Quiney, Peter Siddle, Matthew Wade, Cameron White, Damien Wright

Warriors: Davey Jacobs, Ashwell Prince, Colin Ingram, Jacques Kallis, Mark Boucher, Johan Botha, Nicky Boje, Craig Thyssen, Juan Theron, Wayne Parnell, Makhaya Ntini, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Justin Kreusch, Garnett Kruger, Arno Jacobs, Lyall Meyer, Andrew Birch, Kelly Smuts, Jon Jon Smuts, Corbyn Dolley

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  • Ramesh on July 26, 2010, 15:43 GMT

    As far as tis CLT20 is concerned it really gonna hurt IPL teams! RCB is most affected and MI might be affected!

    RCB is the team which is affected more since they have retained only 6 foreign players for their preliminary squad, They can retain Steven smith, Dilon Dupreez & Dale steyn for final squad since their home teams didnt qualify. But cant retain Jacques kalis & Ross Taylor their key players since their home teams qualified. Cameron white is club captain of Victoria so no chance of retaining him. They should pay almost a crore for each club to retain them.

    MI batting order will get weak if Trinida & Tobago qualify for CLT20. Bcos they lose both Dwayne Bravo & hard hitting Keiron pollard, MI and their fans should pray that T&T do not qualify for CLT20 or else they too have to pay some crores to retain them.

    CSK is safe since their key overseas players home team didnt qualify for CLT20 and all the players who are part of their IPL2010 triumph remain in the squad.

  • Shiva on July 23, 2010, 14:40 GMT

    KP and Morgan will be playing for england at the time of the tournament so will not be available!

  • V.L on July 23, 2010, 4:07 GMT

    We will see Bravo windies! Things are not always the same. It took a very special knock from Duminy to seriously hurt Bangalore's chances.

  • hayden on July 23, 2010, 0:23 GMT

    if some of you guys commenting looked at the calender properly you would relise england and pakistan are playing ODI's at the time this tourniment starts. therefore afridi is not going to play for SA and barring flintoff no other englishmen either! couldnt be happier about bangalore missing all its imports too! they might have to find a couple of locals just like everyother non indian side in this comp!!!

  • Harsh on July 22, 2010, 23:48 GMT

    Better and smarter bowling team will win this. Bowlers who can control the release of delivery in bunch, will win this Tourny. I don't think people must choose their country-club team if they haven't played much together. They should choose where they have played more cricket together professionally. Btw. Freddy looks bit overweight, but hey when did he look underweight any time .. hehe If he is not healthy enough, I don't think its going to be easy for him to have a bowl, he can bat. Well, let's see. Supporting MI, and 2nd team CSK. Not supporting RCB (their own supporting base is enough and too cocky) but supporting Dravid and Kumble though.

  • Mughees on July 22, 2010, 17:32 GMT

    On the isuue of international players having multiple contracts, these guys should pick their country instead of ipl teams or any other irrespective of their contract price. Let's see who gets boooo's.

  • Dummy4 on July 22, 2010, 17:23 GMT

    so, Jacques Kallis plays for 2 teams.......

  • Mughees on July 22, 2010, 14:33 GMT

    I don't think so Ipl teams has got any chance this time too cauz this is the real deal. Teams from other countries have unity and self motivation, however ipl teams have these defeciencies which will definitely be a hurdle in their glory. I believe like last time there would be a outside winner.

  • Dummy4 on July 22, 2010, 13:38 GMT

    Good to see Freddie back..Dont know why there is no Justin Kemp in the CSk Squad especially considering that Tissera Perera may play for Wayamba and Kemp gives the additional Cape town"home" support(who have not qualified) and knowledge on local conditions along with his All round hitting,accurate bowling and excellent Slip and Deep fielding.Ntini and Oram removal is a no brainer as they will play for other teams..Think Warriors,Vics and ipl teams have more chance to win the cup..Would have liked to see Nsw Blues defend the title or atleast Bollinger retain the clt20 medal

  • Dummy4 on July 22, 2010, 11:17 GMT

    Why KP and Morgan are not included in RCB's squad? Any Idea about that?

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