Preview- 2013 T20 Champions League

The fifth edition of the T20 Champions League is here, and will be played in India from 17th September to 6th October, 2013. 

First, there will be 6 qualifying games between four teams, to determine the two teams that go through to the main draw to join 8 other automatic qualifiers. The four teams in the qualifying stages are- Sunrisers Hyderabad (4th place IPL-IND), Otago Volts (Winners- NZ), Kandurata Maroons (Winners-SL), Faisalabad Wolves (Winners-PAK).
No English teams will be participating in the Champions League due to scheduling conflicts. This is the first time a Pakistani T20 team will participate in a T20 tournament played in India. Led by Misbah, the Wolves will play all 3 of their qualifying matches at Mohali.
The 8 international teams in the main draw are:
Mumbai Indians (Winners-IPL) 
The Mumbai Indians are making their fourth appearance in the Champions League T20 tournament. They are the 2011 Champions League winners, and will enter the competition first time as IPL Champions. Led by Rohit Sharma, the team will feature T&T superstar Pollard, as well as IPL-2013 bowling star Johnson. The team management will have to think of giving million dollar buy Maxwell more than a chance, due to his brilliant form in the A games in South Africa.
Chennai SuperKings (Runners up- IPL)
Led by the man who is back on top of the world, MS Dhoni, the Superkings will look to exact revenge after a disappointing final of IPL2013, where they should have arguably won their 3rd IPL title. But the fact that they played it was a major bonus, after the eruption of the spot fixing controversy late in the tournament. This will be CSK’s last year with the core of their constant team- Vijay, Raina, Dhoni, Badrinath, Ashwin, Jakati, Bravo, Albie Morkel and Jadeja, before the restructuring and re-auctioning in 2014.
Rajasthan Royals (3rd place- IPL)
This will be the Royals’ first appearance in the Champions League tournament, despite winning the inaugural IPL edition back in 2008 (with the first edition of CL being cancelled due to Mumbai terrorist attacks). Led by recent retiree Dravid, the team has finally overcome its middling ways- and have faced a traumatic end to the IPL season after 4 of their players were suspended for spot fixing, given various kind of life and cricket bans. They will miss the services of Ankit Chavan, but will look forward to including young spinner Harmeet Singh in their squad, and will begin as underdogs once again in yet another tournament.
Highveld Lions (Winners- SA)
Runners up of 2012 CL T20- The Lions will play in their third consecutive Champions League, featuring the likes of Tsotsobe, De Kock, Phangiso, Imran Tahir and out of favour Pakistani international Sohail Tanveer. They seem to have a stellar all-round team, and will look to avenge their disappointing crushing 10 wicket defeat in last year’s final to the Sydney Sixers on their home ground.
Titans (Runners up- SA)
This will be their second appearance in the T20 tournament. The second South African squad will feature the captain of their national team AB De Villiers, with RCB not qualifying for the tournament this year. The likes of Behardien, Rudolph, Morne Morkel (DD player), Van Der Merwe (DD player) and De Lange (KKR player) will bolster the strength of the squad, and they could pose a stiff challenge in Indian conditions to other foreign teams.
Trinidad & Tobago (Winners- WI)
Despite the Jamaica Tallawahs beating Guyana in the recent CPL final, it will be T&T- the Caribbean’s strongest T20 outfit- representing the islands in the Champions League once again on account of their winning domestic performance early in the year. However, they will miss their two key players- Dwayne Bravo, who will play for IPL outfit CSK and Pollard, who will play for IPL winners MI. It will be Ramdin, Narine, Darren Bravo, Barath, Badree, Simmons and Rampaul leading the charge, representing the World T20 Champions this year.
Perth Scorchers (Runner up- AUS)
The winners of the T20 2013 Big Bash Down Under will have the Marsh brothers, new teen star Agar, old warhorses Brad Hogg and Katich, Adam Voges and Michael Beer, and will be competing for the second time at this tournament. Last year, it was Sydney that stole the limelight winning the edition in South Africa, and the Scorchers will look to become the third Australian team to win this title. But they will begin as underdogs to Big Bash winners…
Brisbane Heat (Winners- AUS)
Surprise winners of the Big Bash will represent their country for the first time in the Champions League T20. A gamut of unknowns form the core of their team- Burns, Cutting, Lynn, Gannon, Gale, Kemp to join the known stars like Hauritz, Christian and Kemar Roach (WI). They are a traditional bits and pieces T20 outfit, parts of a whole that took the Big Bash by storm like the Royals did in the IPL back in 2008. They could very well prove to be a surprise in India.
The 10 teams will be divided into 2 groups:
Group A- Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals, Highveld Lions, Perth Scorchers and 1 of the 2 qualifying teams.
Group B- Chennai SuperKings, Titans, Brisbane Heat, T&T and 1 of the 2 qualifying teams.
The Sunrisers and the Wolves could qualify this year, adding some more Asian spice to the 2013 T20 CT.

заказ кредитной карты онлайнгде взять кредитную карту без проблемхоум банк кредитная карта онлайн заявкаприватбанк заявка на кредитную карту россия

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

× six = 24

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

More in Cricket

  • 5 Underrated Indian Test Opening Batsmen

    In the last 27 years, since 1990, the Indian Test cricket team has had 35 different openers – either long or...

    Rahul DesaiFebruary 21, 2017
  • India v/s England: T20 Report Card

    An Eoin Morgan led England T20 side – which had reached the final of the World T20 in India less than...

    Rahul DesaiFebruary 2, 2017
  • Top Six One-Hit Bowling Wonders

    Continuing with our cricketing one-hit wonders, after a list of five batsmen last week, we will now have a look at...

    Rahul DesaiJanuary 24, 2017
  • India v/s England: ODI Report Card

    England won their first international game on their long, painful India tour at Eden Gardens – the venue of perhaps their...

    Rahul DesaiJanuary 23, 2017
  • Top 5 One-Hit Wonder Batting Stars

    The craft of batting in cricket has arguably seen more evolution than any other area over the last decade. It becomes...

    Rahul DesaiJanuary 18, 2017
  • Gujarat’s Ranji Trophy Fairytale

    A month ago, I stood in one of Ahmedabad’s famous optician stores. I observed the customers as I waited for a...

    Rahul DesaiJanuary 17, 2017
  • Chinks in India’s ODI Armour

    India v/s England, ODI series Result: India win first game to lead 1-0 in 3-match series   It ended up becoming...

    Rahul DesaiJanuary 16, 2017
  • Preview: India v/s England, ODI series

    India played only seven ODIs in 2016, and so ex-captain M.S. Dhoni (takes a while to get used to this term) always...

    Rahul DesaiJanuary 11, 2017
  • Ranji Trophy: A Shaw-shot Superstar

    A precocious 13-year-old pint-sized boy holds a bat far too large for him. In fact, his helmet and pads make him...

    Rahul DesaiJanuary 10, 2017

All articles/blogs are intended to inform, entertain and amuse. We make no representations or guarantees about the truth, accuracy or quality of any content.

Copyright 2016 © Bigtree Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. All Rights Reserved

Subscribe To Our Newsletter
Subscribe to our email newsletter today to receive updates on the latest news!
Thank You For Subscribing To Us!

Now get regular updates on the latest entertainment news and style trends.

Providing you with the best of Bollywood, Hollywood, style and more.
Get the best in entertainment, while keeping yourself entertained!
We respect your privacy. Your information is safe and will never be shared.
Don't miss out. Subscribe today.
WordPress Popup