Champions League 2010 July 21, 2010

Flintoff named in Chennai's preliminary squad

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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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  • rasiramesh 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.

  • Shivaiscool 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!

  • maddy20 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.

  • redneck 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!!!

  • knowledge_eater 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.

  • Bravowindies 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.

  • on July 22, 2010, 17:23 GMT

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

  • Bravowindies 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.

  • 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

  • on July 22, 2010, 11:17 GMT

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

  • rasiramesh 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.

  • Shivaiscool 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!

  • maddy20 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.

  • redneck 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!!!

  • knowledge_eater 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.

  • Bravowindies 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.

  • on July 22, 2010, 17:23 GMT

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

  • Bravowindies 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.

  • 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

  • on July 22, 2010, 11:17 GMT

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

  • LALITHKURUWITA on July 22, 2010, 10:59 GMT

    @Vairamuthu Krishnaswamy, Because he is in England right now !!!

  • super-innocent on July 22, 2010, 9:40 GMT

    best t20 batsman ross taylor

  • on July 22, 2010, 9:25 GMT

    It's a pity that English and Pakistani clubs are not playing this time. Last time atleast, 2 English clubs played. I think that, next time onwards, the teams should be increased to 16 (with 2 English Club, 1 Pakistani Club as well, which makes it 13). The remaining 3 clubs can be open from those that just missed out from each country (8 of them, e.g. Deccan Chargers from India and others) + others (including Dutch, Bangladeshi, Danish, German clubs etc etc). Maybe, select 3 from 12 or so.

  • Trickstar on July 22, 2010, 9:00 GMT

    None of the England players can play because they will be in the middle of a 5 ODi series against Pakistan from the 10th to 22nd September

  • on July 22, 2010, 6:13 GMT

    No Shahid Afridi in Redbacks squad?

    What is happening?

  • anandr151 on July 22, 2010, 4:17 GMT

    Most of you are confused with same player name announced in more than one team. pls note that this is only a preliminary squad and the final squad will be announced only on 9th Aug. In case of a clash, the home team gets precedence else the other team has to pay the home team $200000 to have the player play for them. e.g., if RCB wants Cameroon White to play for them, then they can pay Vic Rangers $200K, provided if Vic Rangers agrees to part with White. So, wait till 09th Aug. RCB has quite a job with with them as 3 of their 6 foreign players were names in their home squads..

  • on July 22, 2010, 3:27 GMT

    Eyyy, guyz, White is the CAPTAIN of Victoria so he will play 4 Victoria... PS: I am rooting 4 Mumbai and Victoria in the finals, both are my fav team, and both are the best teams... Victoria has alwayz reached the finals in the Australian Big Bash, and has only lost once in the finals(last yr) against NSW... So Go Victoria!!!

  • Rajeshts on July 22, 2010, 3:02 GMT

    @Subramani Jesu: There are 2 Bravo's, 2 Cameron White's, 2 Ross Taylor's, 2 Jaques Kallis' as I think this is the total squad which will pick their top 15 based on negotiations. Lets see who gets whom....I bet on CSK if we have Bollinger otherwise the bowling strength is poor

  • CricketPissek on July 21, 2010, 20:39 GMT

    sanath is missing from Mumbai :-o he better call it quits before his name gets dragged in the mud even more!!!

  • andygandhi on July 21, 2010, 19:19 GMT

    Guys, why are you so worried? teams have announced their chosen players, now it is up to bravo, white, ross taylor that in which team they would like to play....last time same system was being implemented.....

  • amsundar76 on July 21, 2010, 19:16 GMT

    How Dwayne Bravo in both mumbai indians and bushrangers????????????

  • on July 21, 2010, 18:42 GMT

    Steve smith hasn't got a chance in ipl may be this is the opportunity for him

  • on July 21, 2010, 18:13 GMT

    I see a few of you are confused with Dwayne Bravo being included in more that one squad so i decided to explain it for you guys. If it so happens that he is name in both teams final 15 he will have to decide on which teams he want to play for.however he cant complete for both teams. Also he may not even play for either of these teams if Trinidad wins the Caribbean T20.

  • on July 21, 2010, 17:25 GMT

    These squads are preliminary. Players who have multiple contracts such as Dwayne Bravo are yet to make decision about their desired playing team. For example: Pollard confirmed a month back that he won't be playing for Redbacks so redbacks hasn't included pollard. Now pollard is left with T&T, MI and even somerset (currently playing). So let's see what these guys do whether choose their nation or fame abroad.

  • on July 21, 2010, 16:49 GMT

    Go MI go, overcome IPL final loss by winning CL

  • on July 21, 2010, 15:58 GMT

    The Highveld Lions will probably be the weakest side in the competition

  • on July 21, 2010, 15:08 GMT

    How come Jacques Kallis is in two squads. i.e. Royal Challenger Bangalore and Warriors :S

  • quotejester on July 21, 2010, 14:59 GMT

    Wow! Royal Challengers have a lot of players that they have to fight (pay) for.

    Ross Taylor (Central District) Cameron White (Victorian Bushrangers) Jacques Kallis (Warriors)

  • crackers134 on July 21, 2010, 14:38 GMT

    Go Bushrangers! International class players Hodge, White, Nannes, McDonald, Hussey, McGain, McKay, D.Pattinson, Siddle and Harwood, and maybe Bravo if he chooses to play for us, as well as current Australia A players Wade, J.Pattinson and Finch. Should go well!

  • on July 21, 2010, 14:38 GMT

    how cld there be two Dwayne Bravos??

  • ssenthil on July 21, 2010, 14:33 GMT

    CSK having more Overseas Players. So the Final 15 to leave out Thilan Thushara, Thissara Perera and from Indian players Sudeep Tyagi/L Balaji, Abhinav Mukund and Joginder Sharma

    CSK can filed this following line up: 1. M Hyden(O), 2. M Vijay, 3. S Raina, 4. S Badrinath, 5. MS Dhoni, 6.S Anirudha 7. A Flintoff(O), 8. A Morkal (O), 9. R Ashwin, 10. S Jakati, 11. Doughy Bollinger/ M Muralidharan (O). If both Murali and ollinger needed then M Hyden have to sit out. We will see how Dhoni goes. This team can beat any team in the world.

  • johnfrancis on July 21, 2010, 14:26 GMT

    I see Ross Taylor named in two squads.... has that issue been announced yet?

  • Ellis on July 21, 2010, 14:24 GMT

    How can Dwayne Bravo play for Mumbai and Victoria in the same tournament?

  • Jose_Cyriac on July 21, 2010, 14:10 GMT

    I Hope Victorian BushRangers wins it this time. and hopefull White will play for VICS and not RCB ;)

  • ian_ghose on July 21, 2010, 14:07 GMT

    Looks like some of the team managements were punch-drunk when they announced their squads. Players like Ross Taylor, Jacques Kallis, Dwayne Bravo, Cameron White and possibly a few others have been named in the squad of more than one team. What are the teams going to do? Loan players to each other like they do in the various European club championships for football?

  • BASHGANG on July 21, 2010, 13:51 GMT

    if flintoff is there for the super kings, then super kings shall have no second thought on finishing the tournament on high....i hope to see vb,csk,mi,rcb in the semi finals....but csk will lift the trophy if hayden fires...

  • on July 21, 2010, 13:41 GMT

    NO Kevin Pietersen or Eoin Morgan in d Bangalore Side?......... If Kallis plays wit Warriors n Taylor wit Central Districts and Cameron White wit Bushrangers the Bangalore side will be left wit just 3 foriegn players + they are not playin Boucher n Goswami both so is Dravid going to wicket Keep this time?

  • kakubs on July 21, 2010, 13:35 GMT

    Ross Taylor in "Central Districts",J Kallis and Mark Boucher in "Warriors", Cameron White in Victorian Bushrangers, no KP and Morgan --- only god can save RCB...

  • on July 21, 2010, 13:14 GMT

    I sure hope Mumbai doesn't take Duminy, all he does is waste the Strike for when Pollard comes in!!

  • sathishmb4all on July 21, 2010, 13:00 GMT

    Bravo is in both Mumbai and Victoria squad... Will it be his choice to select the team or is it with the owner's choice.

  • on July 21, 2010, 12:56 GMT

    Why is Kaliis in two teams? For me the 2 stronest teams are Victorian Bushrangers & Mumbai Indains; both of them have lot of "stars", who are used to playing with each-other...

  • Andrew_S on July 21, 2010, 12:00 GMT

    Bushrangers may be the strongest on paper but two of their players, Bravo and White, have also been named by other teams so may not turn out for the Bushrangers - shows how ridiculous the Champions League is that a player can be eligible for more than one team right up to the date the final squads are named.

  • jonesy2 on July 21, 2010, 11:40 GMT

    bushrangers are the strongest team on paper here. i hope SA win but

  • peterss on July 21, 2010, 11:16 GMT

    Chennai are gonna own this tournament man! Other possible semi finalists are MI, Victorian Bushrangers and Warriors. But doesnt look like any other than CSK!

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  • peterss on July 21, 2010, 11:16 GMT

    Chennai are gonna own this tournament man! Other possible semi finalists are MI, Victorian Bushrangers and Warriors. But doesnt look like any other than CSK!

  • jonesy2 on July 21, 2010, 11:40 GMT

    bushrangers are the strongest team on paper here. i hope SA win but

  • Andrew_S on July 21, 2010, 12:00 GMT

    Bushrangers may be the strongest on paper but two of their players, Bravo and White, have also been named by other teams so may not turn out for the Bushrangers - shows how ridiculous the Champions League is that a player can be eligible for more than one team right up to the date the final squads are named.

  • on July 21, 2010, 12:56 GMT

    Why is Kaliis in two teams? For me the 2 stronest teams are Victorian Bushrangers & Mumbai Indains; both of them have lot of "stars", who are used to playing with each-other...

  • sathishmb4all on July 21, 2010, 13:00 GMT

    Bravo is in both Mumbai and Victoria squad... Will it be his choice to select the team or is it with the owner's choice.

  • on July 21, 2010, 13:14 GMT

    I sure hope Mumbai doesn't take Duminy, all he does is waste the Strike for when Pollard comes in!!

  • kakubs on July 21, 2010, 13:35 GMT

    Ross Taylor in "Central Districts",J Kallis and Mark Boucher in "Warriors", Cameron White in Victorian Bushrangers, no KP and Morgan --- only god can save RCB...

  • on July 21, 2010, 13:41 GMT

    NO Kevin Pietersen or Eoin Morgan in d Bangalore Side?......... If Kallis plays wit Warriors n Taylor wit Central Districts and Cameron White wit Bushrangers the Bangalore side will be left wit just 3 foriegn players + they are not playin Boucher n Goswami both so is Dravid going to wicket Keep this time?

  • BASHGANG on July 21, 2010, 13:51 GMT

    if flintoff is there for the super kings, then super kings shall have no second thought on finishing the tournament on high....i hope to see vb,csk,mi,rcb in the semi finals....but csk will lift the trophy if hayden fires...

  • ian_ghose on July 21, 2010, 14:07 GMT

    Looks like some of the team managements were punch-drunk when they announced their squads. Players like Ross Taylor, Jacques Kallis, Dwayne Bravo, Cameron White and possibly a few others have been named in the squad of more than one team. What are the teams going to do? Loan players to each other like they do in the various European club championships for football?