is Champions League Twenty20?
Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) is an initiative of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, Cricket Australia and Cricket South Africa that brings together the best domestic clubs from across the world in a battle for Twenty20 honours. The inaugural competition featured 12 sides from seven nations and was held in October 2009 in India. New South Wales Blues, the side from Australia led by Simon Katich, emerged winners of the tournament. In 2010, CLT20 moved to South Africa where 10 sides from six nations locked horns at four venues. IPL 2010 winners Chennai Super Kings, led by MS Dhoni, reigned supreme after a fortnight of top notch competition.
Year 2011 saw CLT20 returning to India with a pre-tournament qualifier making it possible for more teams than ever to be part of the race for the title. Six teams faced off in a qualifier out of which the three proceeded to join seven already confirmed teams making it a 10-team tournament. For the second year in a row an IPL team, Mumbai Indians, was crowned champion of champions.
For its 2012 season, the CLT20 will once
again return to the Rainbow Nation. Eight teams – four IPL teams, including
2011 CLT20 champions Mumbai Indians, and two teams each from South Africa and
Australia – will go straight into the main tournament. Six teams – two from
England, one each from Sri Lanka, New Zealand, West Indies and Pakistan – will
compete in the pre-tournament Qualifiers of which the top two will enter the
Which teams will participate in CLT20 2012?
Eight high-calibre teams have already been invited to participate – Sydney Sixers and Perth Scorchers from Australia, Highveld Lions and Titans from South Africa, as well as the top three sides from the 2011 IPL, Kolkata Knight Riders, Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Daredevils. Mumbai Indians have been given a chance to defend their title.
Trinidad and Tobago (champions, West Indies), Auckland Aces (champions, New Zealand), Uva Next (champions, Sri Lanka Premier League), Hampshire (champions, England) and Yorkshire (runners-up, England) have been invited to participate in the qualifiers. This season will also see Pakistan making a debut in the CLT20, represented by their 2012 T20 domestic champions, Sialkot Stallions. The top two teams at the conclusion of the qualifier will advance to the main tournament. The format for the qualifying tournament is
- Sialkot Stallions (Pakistan)
- Trinidad and Tobago (West Indies)
- Auckland Aces (New Zealand)
- UVA Next (Sri Lanka)
- Hampshire (England)
- Yorkshire (England)
2012 Champions League Twenty20
- Sydney Sixers (Australia)
- Perth Scorchers (Australia)
- Highveld Lions (South Africa)
- Titans (South Africa)
- Kolkata Knight Riders (India)
- Chennai Super Kings (India)
- Delhi Daredevils (India)
- Mumbai Indians (India)
- 2 x Qualifiers (Teams tbc)
What is the format of the 2012 tournament?
The top two teams from the qualifier will join four IPL teams, two T20 teams from Australia and two from South Africa in the main event. As in 2011, the 10 teams will be divided into two groups of five, and the top two sides from both groups will play the semifinals.
For the complete schedule,
What are the venues for games this year?
Centurion will host the inaugural game on October 9 and along with Durban, will host a semifinal. The 2012 CLT20 Final will be played in Johannesburg on October 28. Cape Town will feature as the fourth venue, hosting some of the Group stage games.
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What are the match-timings?
Matches will be played at 1700 and 2100 hours Indian Standard Time, that is, 1130 and 1530 GMT.
How much money does the tournament offer winning and other competing teams?
Winning team - USD 2,500,000
Losing finalist - USD 1,300,000
Losing semifinalists - USD 500,000 each
Teams finishing fifth to 10th - USD 200,000 each
What makes CLT20 different from other Twenty20 competitions?
CLT20 can be viewed as the World Cup of club cricket. It is a platform for domestic/club players, preparing them for the next step – representing, or performing even better for, their countries. It is the perfect training camp where youngsters rub shoulders with experienced international in a competition with wide international appeal.
CLT20 is the most lucrative T20 club cricket tournament in the world, designed to benefit domestic clubs - a great boost for the game.
Who heads the CLT20 organising committee?
Mr. N Srinivasan, President, BCCI, is the Chairman of CLT20.
What are the rules governing the CLT20 competition?
CLT20 follows regulations which are not dissimilar from any international cricket tournament in this format.
What are the rules governing players who represent more than one club that is competing in the tournament?
If a player is selected 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 USD 150,000 as release fee to the ‘home’ team.
‘Away’ teams are not eligible for compensation if a player chooses to play for his ‘home’ team.
What are the provisions for abandoned matches?
Points from abandoned matches will be split equally between teams.
What happens in case of a tie?
The Super Over will decide the winner in case of a tie. Please refer to Appendix 8 of the CLT20 Match Playing Conditions for details.
Who will form the core of the umpiring and refereeing team of the tournament?
The tournament will feature the best Indian and international umpires and match referees.
Who takes a call on a player’s suspect bowling action?
The on-field umpire will take action in the case of suspect bowling action. Once he has reported the matter, the player will be referred to the technical committee (made up of eminent members of the various boards) for corrective action.