Champions League T20 2013 teams & squads
The Champions League T20, which is a 10-team tournament is set to start on September 17.
The best sides from different Twenty20 tournaments around the world will play for the ultimate trophy in India.
Teams from Australia, South Africa, West Indies, New Zealand, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will be participating in the tournament. The England teams have refused to take part as the CLT20 schedule is clashing with their County Championship.
Brisbane Heat from Australia is a team filled with local talent. Big players like captain James Hopes, Daniel Christian, Shane Watson, Ryan Harris and Mitchell Johnson has take the team forward.
They have only 4 overseas players in their ranks which comprise of Dale Steyn, Kemar Roach, Daniel Vettori and Thisara Perera. Brisbane Heat won the Big Bash Premier League earlier this year and hence they have qualified to the Champions League directly.
Perth Scorchers also from Australia are also heavily loaded with local players. Alongside captain Simon Katich, they have Michael Hussey, Shaun Marsh, Adam Voges and Brad Hogg.
They have only two overseas players which are Herschelle Gibbs and Alfonso Thomas. The top two teams from the BBL get qualified directly to the Champions League and since the Scorchers were runners-up in the BBL, they have qualified for the tournament.
Trinidad & Tobago from the West Indies have only local players. They have classy players like captain Dinesh Ramdin, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Lendl Simmons, Ravi Rampaul and Sunil Narine. They won the Caribbean Twenty20 league and hence they have qualified for CLT20. Only one team from this tournament can qualify.
Highveld Lions of South Africa also bank on their home talent. Captain Alviro Petersen, Chris Morris, Imran Tahir and Aaron Phangiso don the Lions jersey. Sohail Tanvir and Dirk Nannes are the only overseas players. They won the Ram Slam T20 challenge and hence they have qualified for the CLT20.
The Titans from South Africa are another team which have only regional players. Captained by Martin van Jaarsveld, they have some big names in the cricket world which include AB de Villiers, Albie Morkel, Morne Morkel, Van der Merwe and Farhaan Behardien. The top two teams from this league qualify for the CLT20 and since they were runners-up in their tournament, they have qualified for the competition.
Chennai Super Kings from India are the most balanced side in the IPL. Captained by Mahendra Singh Dhoni, he has good regional support from the likes of Raina, Ashwin, Jadeja and Vijay. They have a good battery of overseas players as well which include Hussey, Du Plessis, Morris, Bravo and Morkel (some of these players are part of the teams from their home country as well, they will have to decide which team they want to play for and the side losing the player will have to be paid a certain amount by the team who have retained the player for the competition). The top three teams of the IPL have qualified for the Champions League. Since, the Chennai Super Kings were runners-up, they have qualified for the tournament.
Mumbai Indians from India have a star studded team. Ricky Ponting is the official captain but he had given the reigns to Rohit Sharma for most part of the IPL as he was out of form. Mumbai have some interesting regional players such as Tare, Harbhajan Singh, Rayudu, Kulkarni, Dinesh Karthik and Munaf Patel. The overseas players consist of Dwayne Smith, Glen Maxwell, Johnson, Pollard and Malinga. They won the IPL this year and hence they have qualified for the Champions League.
Rajasthan Royals were the surprise package in this year’s IPL. They don’t have many star players. Captain Rahul Dravid used his resources well and the team played as a unit. They thrive on local players like Rahane, Stuart Binny, Trivedi and Samson. They have some overseas players who bring solidity to the side which include Watson, Owais Shah, Brad Hodge and James Faulkner. Since they finished third in the tournament, they have qualified for the CLT20.
New Zealand domestic T20 tournament, HRV Cup, winners Otago Volts, Pakistan domestic T20 tournament Faysal Bank Super Eight T20 Cup, winners Faisalabad Wolves, fourth placed in the IPL, Sunrisers Hyderabad and the winner of Sri Lanka domestic T20 tournament, Inter-Provincial Twenty20, which is yet to be decided will compete each other in the qualifying stage. The top two teams from this stage will compete in the main stage which starts on September 21.
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