South Africa is set for explosive battles after the confirmation of the competing CLt20 squads. A record number of teams will look to break the Indian Premier League’s recent winning streak and claim the richest prize in world cricket.
The Karbonn Smart Champions League Twenty20 2012 is now firmly in Yorkshire’s sights after the successful LV= County Championship promotion campaign is over.
The team line-ups are brimming with the world’s elite T20 talent as the champion domestic teams from a record eight countries chase the US$2.5m first prize from a total pool (including participation fees) of US$13m.
Mr. N. Srinivasan, Chairman, CLT20 Governing Council, said: “The fourth edition of the Champions League Twenty20 is only a few weeks away. The squads that will be playing in the tournament speak for themselves. They comprise the finest cricketing talent on this planet. We are in for some extraordinary cricket, in what will surely be a thriller of a competition.”
Mr Dean Kino, CLT20 Governing Council Member and Director of Legal and Business Affairs, said: “Last year’s tournament showed the fine line between making the finals and early elimination. Given the high stakes and small margin for error in the Qualifier and Group Stage, some of world cricket’s biggest names who are eligible for more than one team have been in high demand.
“According to CLT20 rules, if a player qualifies for more than one team, all those qualifying teams can nominate that player. When a player decides 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$150,000 compensation to the ‘home’ team.”
Kieron Pollard, Mike Hussey, the Morkel brothers and Sunil Narine, were among the nine players named initially by more than one squad which required each player to nominate the team they would play for. All players listed below have chosen to play for their ‘away’ team.
Players nominated by more than one team: Dwayne Bravo (Trinidad & Tobago* / Chennai Super Kings), Francois du Plessis (Titans* / Chennai Super Kings), Sunil Narine (Trinidad & Tobago* / Kolkata Knight Riders), Mike Hussey (Perth Scorchers* / Chennai Super Kings), Mitch Johnson (Perth Scorchers* / Mumbai Indians), Brett Lee (Sydney Sixers* / Kolkata Knight Riders), Albie Morkel (Titans* / Chennai Super Kings), Morne Morkel (Titans* / Delhi Daredevils) and Kieron Pollard (Trinidad & Tobago* / Mumbai Indians). Note: *designates ‘home’ team
The 2012 Karbonn Champions League Twenty20 will feature a record 14 champion teams from India (4), Australia (2), South Africa (2), England (2), New Zealand (1), Sri Lanka (1), West Indies (1) and Pakistan (1) for the first time. Eight teams have automatically qualified for the Group Stage while six teams will compete for the two remaining two places via a Qualifier.
The Qualifier will start on 9 October before the Group Stage starts on 13 October. The Final will be played on Sunday 23 October in Johannesburg. The full match schedule is available HERE.
Last year’s Champion Mumbai Indians and 2010 Champion Chennai Super Kings headline the returning teams.
Both teams will be playing in their third CLT20 tournament along with Trinidad & Tobago, the 2009 CLT20 Finalist. Of the other teams, Highveld Lions, Auckland Aces, Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders are making return visits.
Six teams will be making their first appearance in the tournament – England’s Hampshire and Yorkshire, South Africa’s Titans, Pakistan’s Sialkot Stallions and Australia’s two new Big Bash League Twenty20 teams, the Sydney Sixers and Perth Scorchers.
CLT20 commercial rights holder ESPN Star Sports and its broadcast partners will again beam the action live around the world as a record number of teams battle to claim the world’s most prestigious prize in domestic cricket.
Andre Adams, Michael Bates, Brad Cachopa, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Ronnie Hira, Gareth Hopkins (capt), Anaru Kitchen, Mitchell McClenaghan, Azhar Mahmood, Bruce Martin, Chris Martin, Kyle Mills, Colin Munro, Lou Vincent
CHENNAI SUPER KINGS
R Ashwin, S Badrinath, Doug Bollinger, Dwayne Bravo, MS Dhoni (capt), Faf Du Plessis, Ben Hilfenhaus, Michael Hussey, Ravindra Jadeja, Albie Morkel, Suresh Raina, Wriddhiman Saha, Anirudh Srikkanth, Murali Vijay, V. Yomahesh
Varun Aaron, Ajit Agarkar, Unmukt Chand, Mahela Jayawardene (capt), Morne Morkel, Pawan Negi, Naman Ojha, Irfan Pathan, Kevin Pietersen, Venugopal Rao, Andre Russell, Virender Sehwag, Ross Taylor, David Warner, Umesh Yadav
James Adams, Shahid Afridi, Kabir Ali, Michael Bates, Daniel Briggs, Michael Carberry, Liam Dawson, Sean Ervine, David Griffiths, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Glenn Maxwell, Hamza Riazuddin, Bilal Shafayat, James Vince, Christopher Wood
Temba Bavuma, Gulam Bodi, Zander de Bruyn, Quinton de Kock, Neil McKenzie, Pumelela Matshikwe, Chris Morris, Dirk Nannes, Ethan O’Reilly, Alviro Petersen, Aaron Phangiso, Dwaine Pretorius, Jean Symes, Sohail Tanveer, Thami Tsolekile
KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS
Iqbal Abdullah, Shakib Al Hasan, L Balaji, Rajat Bhatia, Manvinder Bisla, Gautam Gambhir (capt), Jacques Kallis, Brett Lee, Brendon McCullum, Sunil Narine, Yusuf Pathan, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Mohammed Shami, Ryan Ten Doeschate, Manoj Tiwary
Mitchell Johnson, Dinesh Karthik, Dhawal Kulkarni, Richard Levi, Lasith Malinga, Pragyan Ojha, Munaf Patel, Thisara Perera, Kieron Pollard, Ambati Rayudu, Rohit Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, Dwayne Smith, Sachin Tendulkar, Surya Kumar Yadav
Tom Beaton, Michael Beer, Paul Collingwood, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Ryan Duffield, Ben Edmondson, Herschelle Gibbs, Brad Hogg, Simon Katich, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Joe Mennie, Marcus North, Nathan Rimmington, Luke Ronchi
Qaisar Abbas, Sarfraz Ahmad, Shakeel Ansar, Umaid Asif, Muhammad Ayub, Bilawal Bhatti, Raza Hasan, Ali Khan, Shoaib Malik (capt), Imran Nazir, Faisal Naveed, Rana Naveed, Abdur Rehman, Haris Sohail, Shahid Yousaf
Pat Cummins, Brad Haddin (capt), Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Michael Lumb, Nathan McCullum, Nic Maddinson, Ian Moran, Peter Nevill, Stephen O’Keefe, Ben Rohrer, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Dominic Thornely, Shane Watson
Farhaan Behardien, Henry Davids, Marchant de Lange, AB de Villiers, Paul Harris, Heino Kuhn, Eden Links, Ethy Mbhalati, Mangaliso Mosehle, Rowan Richards, Jacques Rudolph, Alfonso Thomas, Roelof van der Merwe, Martin van Jaarsveld (capt), David Wiese
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
Samuel Badree, Adrian Barath, Darren Bravo, Kevon Cooper, Rayad Emrit, Shannon Gabriel, Sherwin Ganga, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Yannick Ottley, William Perkins, Denesh Ramdin (capt), Ravi Rampaul, Lendl Simmons, Navin Stewart
Fawwad Alam, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Dilhara Fernando, Umar Gul, Charith Jayampathi, Chintaka Jayasinghe, Thilina Kandamby (capt), Andrew McDonald, Dilshan Munaweera, Jacob Oram, Seekuge Prasanna, Bhanuka Rajapakse, Sachitra Senanayake, Upul Tharanga, Sameera Zoysa
Moin Ashraf, Jonny Bairstow, Gary Ballance, Andrew Gale (capt), Oliver Hannon-Dalby, Dan Hodgson, Phil Jaques, Adam Lyth, David Miller, Steve Patterson, Azeem Rafiq, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Ryan Sidebottom, Iain Wardlaw