Saturday, April 13, 2013

CLT20 in India, Pak team involved

The Champions League Twenty20 will return to India for the third time in 5 years and take place from Sep 17 to Oct 6.The match will follow a similar format to the two previous editions with a Group Stage preceded by a Qualifier. A total of 29 matches will be played in the match by the best domestic T20 teams from around the world.

As well as finalizing the timing and format, the CLT20 Governing committee has also confirmed the teams that will compete for total prize money of $6 million. Trinidad & Tobago, who were the runners-up in the opening edition of the tournament in 2009, have earned direct entry into the Group Stage this year after playing in the Qualifier in 2011 and 2012. 

The CLT20 Governing Council has been advised by the England and Wales Cricket Board that its teams are not available to contribute in this year's tournament.

The competition, which will again feature leading cricketers from across the world and some of the conventional legends of world cricket, will be watched and followed by evenly passionate fans, N. Srinivasan, Chairman, CLT20 Governing Council, said.

The Qualifier will feature four teams - the fourth-ranked team from IPL 2013, Otego Volts and the winners of the Sri Lanka and Pakistan domestic T20 competitions. The teams will play each other once, with the top 2 advancing to the Group Stage.

The Group Stage will feature 10 teams. Group A will include the winner and third-ranked team in the Indian Premier League, Highveld Lions Perth Scorchers and the top team from the CLT20 2013 Qualifier. Group B will comprise Brisbane Heat Trinidad & Tobago, IPL runner-up, Titans and the second-ranked team from the CLT20 2013 Qualifier.

The top team from Group A will play the second-ranked team from Group B, and vice versa, in the semi-finals. The winners of the semis will play in the last. The venues of the CLT20 will be decided at the end of the IPL.

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