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Titans to play Perth Scorchers in Champions League Twenty20 Opener. Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Daredevils in Group A, Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians in Group B.
South Africa’s reigning domestic T20 champions will take on Australia’s domestic T20 runners-up, in the opening ‘Group Stage’ game of the Champions League Twenty20 2012.
The Group Stage of the tournament will commence with a double-header at Centurion on 13 October 2012. Titans, the winners of the T20 Challenge in South Africa, will play the Perth Scorchers, runners-up in the Big Bash League. The game will be followed by one between Kolkata Knight Riders, the IPL 2012 champions, and Delhi Daredevils, who finished third in the same tournament.
The final of the Champions League Twenty20 2012 will be played on 28 October 2012, at the Wanderers, Johannesburg, an arena that has hosted some memorable cricket matches in the past, including the final of the ICC CWC 2003, the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 2007, the IPL2, CLT20 2010 and the unforgettable ‘438’ ODI between South Africa and Australia in 2006.
The fourth edition of the Champions League Twenty20 2012 will feature a total of 14 teams and 29 matches across four venues – Centurion, Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town.
Newlands Stadium in Cape Town was recently voted by a panel of experts in the May edition of The Cricketer Magazine as the 2nd best cricket stadium in the world.
The Group Stage will be preceded by a Qualifying Stage from 9 October 2012 to 11 October 2012 featuring six teams. These teams have been equally divided into two pools, with each team playing the other two in its pool once. The top team in each pool, in terms of points, will then qualify for the Group Stage. If teams from the same pool are equal on points, the qualifier will be decided by net run rate.
Pool 1 – ECB 1 (winners of the ECB’s domestic T20 championship), Sialkot Stallions (Pakistan) and Auckland Aces (New Zealand).
Pool 2 – ECB 2 (runners-up in the ECB’s domestic T20 championship), Trinidad and Tobago (West Indies) and the winners of Sri Lanka’s domestic T20 championship.
The Group Stage will comprise 10 teams divided into two groups of five. Each side will play the other four in their group with the top two teams qualifying for the semi-finals.
Group A – Kolkata Knight Riders (India), Titans (South Africa), Perth Scorchers (Australia), Delhi Daredevils (India) and Qualifier 1.
Group B – Chennai Super Kings (India), Highveld Lions (South Africa), Sydney Sixers (Australia), Mumbai Indians (India) and Qualifier 2.
“We are delighted to announce the match-schedule of the Champions League Twenty20 2012. This is the second time the tournament will be played in South Africa, and we have no doubt that it will be as, if not more successful, than the 2010 edition. The tournament will feature the world’s top players, and we can be assured of some exceptional cricket,” N. Srinivasan, Chairman of the Champions League Twenty20 Governing Council, said.
The format and match-schedule of the CLT20 2012 are attached.
Information on ticket sales and pricing will be released in the near future.
Key features of the 2012 Champions League Twenty20 Format and Match Schedule
•6 Teams divided into 2 Pools of 3
•Top team from each Pool after round robin matches qualifies for Group Stage
•Pool 1 – ECB 1 (winners of the ECB’s domestic T20 championship), Sialkot Stallions (Pakistan) and Auckland Aces (New Zealand)
•Pool 2 – ECB 2 (runners-up in the ECB’s domestic T20 championship), Trinidad and Tobago (West Indies) and the winners of Sri Lanka’s domestic T20 championship
•10 Teams divided into 2 Groups of 5
•Top 2 Teams from each Group advance to the Semi Finals
•23 Matches in total (same as 2009 and 2010)
•Group A – Kolkata Knight Riders (India), Titans (South Africa), Perth Scorchers (Australia), Delhi Daredevils (India) and Qualifier 1.
•Group B – Chennai Super Kings (India), Highveld Lions (South Africa), Sydney Sixers (Australia), Mumbai Indians (India) and Qualifier 2.
•9 Double Headers
•Semi Finals at Durban and Centurion
•Final at Wanderers in Johannesburg
2009 - NSW Blues 2010 - Chennai Super Kings 2011 – Mumbai Indians
Champions League Twenty20 Broadcasters
• South Asia - ESPN Star Sports • Middle East and North Africa – Cric One • Sub Saharan and South Africa –Supersport • Europe and UK – Eurosport • USA – ESPN3 • Caribbean – ESPN • Papua New Guinea – Hitron • Hong Kong – PCCW • Singapore – Singtel • China & Macau – Star Sports
The Mumbai Indians will defend their Champions League Twenty20 title, which they won in Chennai last year, on the other side of the Indian Ocean in October after the venues and competing teams for the 2012 tournament were confirmed by the CLT20 Governing Council. The current IPL champions, Kolkata Knight Riders, will be in action as well and will be joined by Chennai and Delhi in this blockbuster T20 event.
South Africa will host the fourth edition of cricket’s premier international club competition at Centurion, Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg, from 9 October 2012 to 28 October 2012. The event will feature a galaxy of international cricketing stars, who will be part of fourteen champion teams, from as many as eight countries.
It will be the second time South Africa has hosted the tournament, after a successful event in 2010 when Chennai Super Kings defeated Warriors in the final at Wanderers in Johannesburg. The 2009 and 2011 editions of the tournament were played in India.
As well as finalising the host venues, the CLT20 Governing Council has also confirmed the following teams as participants, including for the first time ever the participation of Pakistan T20 champions, the Sialkot Stallions:
South Africa – Titans, Highveld Lions India – Kolkata Knight Riders, Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Daredevils, Mumbai Indians Australia - Sydney Sixers, Perth Scorchers West Indies - Trinidad and Tobago New Zealand - Auckland Aces Sri Lanka – Winner of Sri Lanka’s Domestic T20 Championship (to be concluded in August 2012) England – Winner and runner-up of the domestic T20 (to be concluded in August 2012) Pakistan – Sialkot Stallions
Of the already qualified teams, only the Titans, Stallions and Australia’s two new Big Bash League Twenty20 teams, the Sydney Sixers and Perth Scorchers, will be making their first appearance in the tournament. The other teams are seasoned CLT20 competitors and include two former champions in the Indian Premier League’s Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians.
The 2012 CLT20 Tournament and Match Schedule will be released soon.
About Champions League Twenty20
CLT20 is an initiative of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, Cricket Australia and Cricket South Africa. The tournament is a platform where the world's best domestic T20 teams get the opportunity to pit their skills against each other. The tournament is broadcast around the world by ESPN Star Sports, who are also the commercial rights holders for the event.